Task: Look at two artworks by John Glover and respond to the following questions
1.Describe one artwork By John Glover, focusing on the elements of art (Line, Shape, Tone, Texture and Colour) Patterdale Farm - John Glover (circa 1840)
John Glover’s Patterdale Farm captures the Australian landscape at its greatest incorporating varied tone using the deep greens associated with Australian landscape, accompanied by the rich detail spread throughout the work. The painting depicting a common setting during the 1840’s in Australia.
His use of varied tone casts great spanning shadows across all areas of the painting. These shadows are present in the foreground lying in between the cattle and stretching across the hills located in the middle ground and background. This great use of tone has been applied to show the shadows of the clouds, hills and trees. The change in tone is dominated by both heritage green and leaf green. These greens are widely used in Australian landscape paintings.
The form and shape of the trees created by Glover are strongly organic spreading out past the boarder of the canvas. Glover’s technique of painting trees is one of the key elements his work is recognised by. Glover’s painting shows the trees as both living and not living. The work is dominated by organic forms: the animals scattered in the foreground, the organically flowing lines of the hills, the trees spanning through all layers of the work reaching out of the canvas in the foreground, the man placed in the lower right corner of the work admiring the landscape and tending to the cattle.
Colour used in the work, to create the composition utilises the greens widely used in paintings of the Australian landscape; the most prominent is heritage green. The work contains heritage green, leaf green, pale blue, straight blue, light grey, deep grey, white, yellow ochre, brown and black. The hills show an understanding of the appearance of colour as