Analysis of line
Horizontal lines dominate the painting; for example, the artist draws ground, raft, and the sea using these shapes. These lines mean that there is a sense of calmness and comfort in the picture. The lines on the sea and the raft show that these factors are calm and comfortable; the water is still because there are no waves, and this makes the raft stand calmly in the sea. The shape of the ground is horizontal to mean that the place is a plateau. A plateau is a flat land where there are no highlands; they are common near the sea like the one in this drawing. The lines on the bridge are also flat; this shows that the bridge is firm on the ground and it cannot shake because gravity pulls it downwards (Djonov and Leeuwen 68). The artist has also used vertical lines to show the bridge and trees; painters use this line to show strength and firmness.
The trees on the painting stand firm and they are calm because there is no wind. The shadows of the trees as seen on the water emphasize this feature. The artist has drawn the bridge using vertical lines to mean that the connection is sturdy; people can use the footpath to move between the two lands that the water divide. Diagonal lines show movement; the artist has drawn the clouds using this shape. This means that the day was calm with some movement of the clouds. The painter has drawn one part of the water using these lines; wind moved the sea although it was minimal.
Analysis of illusion of depth
The size of the trees and people on the picture become smaller as the distance of the objects increase from the front. This shows that objects are large when they are on the front part than when they are far; the artist varied the size of the objects to show their distance from the front part to the back. The objects on the front part are more visible compared to those on the back part; the painter shows this on the building, trees, and people. The artist has overlapped objects on the picture; for example, people and trees on the drawing. An overlap of objects means that some objects stand in front of others (Acton 54); the colors of the overlapped items become less clear from front to back. The artist shows the distance of the sun by use of yellow color although the shade is not visible. Observer notes that the shade of the sun is behind the trees. This could mean that the sun is away from the place that is on the front part of the picture on a bright day, or the sun is disappearing in the evening. The color of the sun also shows that the horizon of the painting is on that area; this is because object shapes become slim from the front to the horizon of the drawing.
Analysis of color
The artist uses a mixture of yellow and orange on most parts of the drawing; these shades indicate that there is warmness, heat, and calmness in the picture. The yellow is visible near the bulb and the fireplace; this shows that the room is warm because (Galer 60). The artist shows calmness of the place using yellow and orange; the room like a hotel where people meet to enjoy meals and games such as pool. The painter has shaded the pool with jungle green color; people play the game on a green surface. Green color shows the earth and natural resources such as grass; this shows that the game is natural although it is not played outside.
The black, white, and gray on the picture show neutrality; for example, the waiter is dressed in a white gown. This differentiates the server from customers; anyone who visits the place can identify that this person is the one giving services to others. The red color on the painting shows that there is warmth in place; the shade also means that there is tension. The server and the people playing the game are tense; this is because the waiter is interested in serving people effectively. Customers are interested in taking their meals fast so that they can attend to other things that await them.
Analysis of light
The artist has used dark lighting on the drawing; this is shown by the dark colors of the objects. The wall, vase, and tray have a badge color that shows pleasantness in the room; the amusement in the room is indicated by the delicious meal that is on the table. The room is calm; there is no excess excitement and there is no sadness.
The artist uses the faded color to show quietness in the place (Wenn and Copsey 35). Artists use brown colors to show that a place is a home; the items in the room emphasize this point. There is a table, knife, cloth, glass, and a jug; these objects are common at home. The cloth has a bright color to show cleanliness while the top of the jug is dark to show neutrality. The wall of the room has a bright and a dark part; the visible part means that it is nearer to the source of lighting in the room. The dark part means that this side does not face the source of light.
Analysis of lines
The painting has a combination of horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines. The water surface creates horizontal lines; horizontal lines generate an illusion of rest and tranquility (Acton 51). This shows that the environment in this painting is peaceful and that it is parallel to the earth surface. In this painting, the horizontal lines also create a sense of room; they separate this background from the rest of the landscape and show a continuation of it to the left and right of the painting.
Vertical lines are indicators of height and strength (Acton 52); the painting portrays mountains with vertical lines. This means that the valley of Yosemite constitutes strong mountains and produces a sense of hollowness. The vertical lines present in this painting show that the mountains are quite high because they are perpendicular to the earth surface. Diagonal lines show instability and movement; in this painting of a valley, the slanting part of the mountain shows that this part is unstable.
Analysis of shapes
The artist uses irregular shapes in this painting; it brings out mountains as irregular shapes. This shows the reality of the world and nature; nature has no order (Adjaye and McQuade 21). This painting, however, reflects a sense of balance close to the centre, because of light in the background.
This painting creates an illusion of depth; some mountains and trees are bigger than others are and the light fades towards the background. This means that the objects that appear bigger than others are in the foreground while those that appear smaller are further away. This is the same way the human eye views things even in reality.
Uses of color
The artists uses the yellow color to show the time of the day; according to this painting, the time of day is morning as the sun is rising from the background. Yellow is a bright and warm color (Djonov and Leeuwen 63), and in this painting, the color shows that the surrounding has positive energy and is endowed with the richness of nature. The color also points to the sun as the source of light in this painting.
Uses of light
Light in this painting illuminates the water surface and other shapes in it; light gives the knowledge that this is a representation of nature.
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