Line


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Among the Red Rocks, Colorado has many different types of lines throughout it. Sandzen has created some straight line within the mountain and on edge he made them jagged and sharp. For the ground and sky he made the lines go in different directions and they are also jagged and sharp. As you can see, some of the lines were outlined in black, showing the different types of lines that were used.


Shape

In this painting there are alot of rectangles used within the mountain, in the sky and ground there are no definite shapes they all connect with eachother forming jagged edges.


Color

The colors in this painting are mostly warm within the focus, which is the mountain, there are reds, browns, and purples. Although the background, the sky, is mostly cool colors because there are light and dark blues with white and cream.


Texture

The texture of Among the Red Rocks, Colorado is thick, the paint sticks out of the canvas; Sandzen used very heavy paint creating a rough and bold texture. It creates the painting to stick out and be noticed.

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Value

The value is high key because the bold colors, and there is not much shading, but there are shadows on the big rock that are blue.

Form
It creates an illusion and it looks like they’re 3-D, because the rocks look like they are real, and they stand out.

Space
Sandzen created an illusion of depth by making the rocks the vocal point and by making it bigger then everything else surrounding it.

Type of Balance

Asymmetrical because if you were to split this painting in half, then it would be different on both sides. This is especially because the big rock is mostly on the left side.


Emphasis

In Among the the Red Rocks, Colorado contrast is created by the lighting. The sky in the background is light colors like cream, blue, and white. The mountain is darker colors with browns, purples, and reds. This creates dark and light contrast.

Contrast

In Among the Red Rocks, Colorado contrast is created by the lighting. The sky in the background is light colors like cream, blue, and white, and the mountain is darker colors with browns, purples, and reds. This creates dark and light contrast.


Repetition, Rhythm, and Unity

The elements that are repeated are the color scheme and texture. The sky creates a rhythm because there are different bands of colors that seem to repeat themselves and the texture is repeated throughout the painting bringing unity to the artwork.


Working around the Picture

When looking at the painting I look in the middle of the emphasis, the biggest mountain, I then look up to the top of the mountain where there is some sky, then to the top right where there is only sky, after that I look down to the boulder on the right side of the painting, and then to the bottom right of the ground, then the center of the ground and back up to the mountain.