Many famous artists such as Van Gogh and Monet celebrated nature in their works. The intricate beauty of our natural world has inspired many artists, be it the colours of a sunset or the geometry of a pine cone. Likewise, nature offers endless inspiration to artists when they bring life into their paintings through observing and implementing the experience of the physical world, such as plants, animals or landscapes.
By transferring nature's complex beauty into a new medium on canvas, wall or paper, artists manipulate nature and reshape it into art. However, no matter how realistic a work of art is, it is more than just a depiction. Art does not recreate the natural world but creates new ways of seeing it in the light.
The landscape paintings created in China in the 9th century are some of the first poetic statements of our sense of nature. Likewise, we discover similarities in Korean art, which represents nature and the human experience with it. These artworks show us the artist's profound understanding of the environment in which they were located.
Seeing nature interact with us and with the universe, she has inspired countless paintings, drawings, songs, sculptures, and symphonies, to each we respond in different ways. As a result, art created by nature is as diverse as the rest of the art world, whether it is simple visual pleasure or complex statements; whether it occupies a tiny space or a vast expanse.
British artist Andy Goldsworthy is known for his keen sense of the natural materials that make up and shape his works. The media that artists use are often inspired by nature. Many of the media used by artists to make their masterpieces, such as wood, coal, clay, graphite and water, provide endless inspiration and are all products of nature.
The natural elements that make up our surroundings are the basis of environmental art: leaves, flowers, twigs, seeds, bark, pigments, minerals, stones, boulders, sand, dirt, moss, water, ice, wind and sunlight become paint, coal, glue and canvas. Making organic nature a source of material for art makes the artworks transient.
Students can get creative ideas on combining natural elements in an unconventional way to promote art and design by viewing his work. Barry Van Dusen's work is also helpful to show students how to work with landscapes and animals to study other works of art inspired by nature. He began to create art around 1985 and still creates his works of art today.
On the other hand, Monet, who focused on flowers for the last 30 years of his life, illustrates the immense influence that natural beauty has on us and the imagination of artists.
The connection between art and our environment has existed since ancient humans first scratched their tableau on the cave walls. It is an essential part of art history. Nature has played a leading role as an inspiration for musicians and visual artists alike throughout the history of the world. In my own life, nature plays a significant role in my artistic endeavours too. Please visit my artworks based on flora and fauna here. And here are my landscapes.
For natural artists, kinship with nature is more than just a motif for painting; it is a lifelong relationship. Hopefully, it will continue to inspire artists and viewers for centuries to come.
When studying artists in this chapter, think about how they helped us see the natural world in a new way. For example, Vincent van Gogh advised us to preserve our love of nature, and this is an authentic way of learning and understanding art.
This kind of art offers a new way to interact with nature and establishes a relationship between the artist and the earth. The artists who use paint and canvas as the materials, they use the land around them to depict it, trees, animals, flowers, leaves, pine cones, or wood, they re-establish a lost connection with nature that our species have had for many years. Art records our changing encounters with our environment and reveals the truth that our sense of separation is a mere illusion and that we are only a tiny part of a larger ensemble.
In a world that is growing increasingly technological, few things inspire artistic brilliance like nature. Nature is a fantastic medium for art because it is versatile, beautiful, colourful, structural and environmentally friendly. In this post, I invite you to enjoy some famous and inspiring quotes about nature (found here in The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS - HPAA was founded by Renée Phillips, artists' advocate & mentor, and also Founder, Director & Curator of Manhattan Arts International).
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way." ~ William Blake
"…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?" ~ Vincent van Gogh
Landscape paintings represent natural landscapes and art, which is why they are often called nature paintings. Each country or work of an artist has its own unique message, but the entire field of rural art has a fundamental statement of reconnection with nature.
Here you will find the title image - my drawing of a singing Robin.