I went to the Florence Griswald museum for my write up, and the experience I had there was fantastic. The art there was mainly impressionistic and tonalistic. The artist’s who worked there were making a transition in their style of art and switching from tonalistic to impressionistic.
In the gallery there were many paintings that I liked for the tonal qualities they had. The photo below is a perfect example. The dark blues with its complimentary light orange colors. The orange helped guide your eye to the boat, and added a nice warm touch to this painting. The artist also created depth. In the front there are the tree branches, the middle is the boat, and in the way back there are houses. He did this by making the front where the trees are dark, then making it get lighter the further back the objects got. This added much dimension and helped to set the boat in a wonderful scene.
This painting stuck out more than the rest of the paintings that were in the room. This might have been because I have always loved the sea, and the painting made me nostalgic about all the times I have been around water, and being out on our old sail boat. I also love contrast, which is the other reason it stuck out to me. To me the water had the most beautiful amount of contrast. The boats bright lights reflecting off of the dark blue water created an alleyway for your eye to travel up to the boat.
Thomas Watson ball (1863 – 1934)
In this painting the sheep are placed beautifully, so that your eye follows them to the sunset that is placed directly behind them. The colors are darker, but the darkest areas are on the sides where there is less information. Then, the artist lightened the middle of the painting where the sheep were. The artist created lots of contrast and movement simply, with colors and the big strokes he used. It intrigues me because even though you cannot see wind, you get a sense that it is windy; this is where the big strokes helped the most.
Winter Twilight – Grazing Sheep
Carleton Wiggins (1848 – 1932)
The art gallery was at an old house, which was where the artist who created the paintings stayed while they worked. The house owner was a woman who had lost all of her money, and was now raising support to keep the home by housing artists. There were a lot of doors that had painted panels, because if the house owner liked an artist she would have them paint on the doors, or the walls so that she would always have a memory of them. At one point a rich man desperately wanted one of the doors, but even though she was poor she refused to sell it to the man, because she did not want to part with those precious memories.