I had a fantastic time visiting the Art Gallery of NSW, it was my first time there. I had fun learning about the Australian paintings from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. I loved the painting called “Still glides the stream and shall for ever glide” by Arthur Streeton. It was like the painting invited me in. With my imagination I could see myself sitting on the hill over looking the valley.
The scenery that is before me is in the late afternoon on a summer’s day. There is a beautiful greenery and a lagoon blue river that flows througtout the whole painting. I can see this because of the way that its dark and overcast in the lower front of the painting. The painting is still bright with the sun as it seems to be going down over the hills in the background at the top of the painting.
Streeton made the river stand out by making it the main focus of the painting as it winds down into the valley and how it looks so peaceful and relaxing. There are cows getting herded across the river to get to the fresh grass on the other side, In the background there is a small town you can tell this for you can see a church tower. The church tower stands out to me becasue of how tall it is and how it is centured within the middle of the painting. If you focus long enough you can see the magpies swooping something in the long grass. I’ve enjoyed looking at this painting for it makes you look at the finer details in the picture because it makes you feel like you’re really there.
Streeton painted this painting with a lot of details. The colours make it look as if the sun is going down and the tones that he has used on the painting makes it look as though the river would just flow on forever. Even after the sun goes down this instills in me the feelings of peacefulness and also makes me relaxed into thinking things are ok as if life still goes on around you.