InLong Beach Museum of Art, the Wilma and Roland Duquette Gallery is displayingmany art pieces of acrylic on canvas paintings. These paintings are mostlyportraits of people, houses, and splatter paintings. They are painted by a fewdifferent artists between the early 1960’s and the early 1980’s.
The painting Beijing 5:30 by Fern Bowen fascinated mewith its abstracts of color, which drew me in to look closely at itscomposition. Beijing 5:30 by FernBowen is an acrylic on canvas art piece painted in 1982-1983.Beijing 5:30by Fern Bowen is a painting of a man standing in front of a house. The house istwo stories and white in color. There are about 15 trees in front of the house.The man in the painting is facing the house so only his back is viewed.
The manis dressed in a blue coat and black pants. The man seems to be walking towardsthe house with his hands clasped behind his back. There seems to be people inthe house as most of the windows are opened and the lights were on. The moststriking and eye-catching parts of the painting are the very colorful sky andground. The sky is a medium blue color with pink clouds that has orange highlightingbelow it.
I think the orange highlighting of the pink clouds is from thesunsetting. The orange highlight of the pink clouds really gives great detailto the landscape. The ground was colored very colorful with white, yellow,light blue, dark blue, red, brown, gray, orange and green. The technique forcreating the sky, the painter used an atmospheric perspective. The colorful skyand ground are slightly more focused and variant compared to the more settledcolors used for the house and trees. The many colors used in the art work makesthe painting very vibrant and interesting to look at. I admire the creativity andflair the artist has put into this painting. Thecombination of the more colorful subjects of the photo and the subtler coloredobjects gives the picture its flair.
Even with the differences with the colorsused, your eyes are still very drawn to the entire photo. The colors used bythe artist really creates balance within the painting. The artist made theman’s clothing seem very realistic with the creases and lines added to hisjacket and pants. I also like how the sun is shining on the man. I feel likethere should have been a shadow behind him as the sun was shining in front ofhim.
The colorful ground and sky seems to have a similarity between them withthe subjects being vastly colorful, which makes the painting very astonishing. FernBowen pursued her art training aboard in many different countries. She wouldoften draw quick sketches of different locations while she was travelling. Beijing 5:30 was one of the paintingsshe created with one of her sketches during her visit to Beijing, China. Theidea of this art piece is that you can be creative with colors. The artist’smain focus on all her paintings are to be colorful and creative when drawingand painting in color.
Theidea of this art piece makes you wonder what the original setting might have lookedlike. It makes you wonder if the actual scenery such as the sky and trees were closeto being as colorful as the painting. The artist really gave a lot of value tothe ground and sky which makes this painting an interesting to look at. Thecombination of the colors used in this painting are beautiful and alluring tothe eye.Thisis a very good art piece because the many colors used draws you to it. Oncelooking at the painting you find yourself looking at the entirety of thepainting.
All the colors really give you a joyful feeling when you look at theart piece. I was very impressed with how the artist has her own uniqueness ofpainting with color. Fern Bowen captured a moment in time that was perfect fora colorful painting. She created a quaint masterpiece that really captures youreyes.