The Glasgow Boys (colour & mood)

Looking at the work of The Glasgow Boys at Kelvingrove, I was struck by the bright, sunny hues present in many of their paintings. Lots of them depict beautiful rural scenery, very much idyllic. I've been thinking about possible restorative/soothing qualities of art, and art as a sort of therapy or activity of self-care, as well as art encouraging happy feelings in others. Colour inevitably is important when considering this, and I felt that the light (but somehow rich, buttery?) use of colour in many of these paintings was really encouraging and pleasing and conducive to a pleasant feeling, much like nature or light or something else can make me feel very soft and grateful to be able to experience whatever it is I'm experiencing. So I want to focus on what effect my colour palette gives, and how this affects FEELINGS.

My pictures don't convey how sweet and delicate and light these colour palettes are to their full extent, but anyway:

"The Boys developed their own painting styles individually. In the 1890s Kennedy created a powdery effect by smoothly blending his colours. This gave his rural scenes an overall softness and shimmering quality."
Homewards, about 1981
William Kennedy

A Surrey Meadow - Morning, 1880
EA Walton

The Coming of Spring (detail), 1899
EA Hornel

The Coming of Spring (detail), 1899
EA Hornel

The Coming of Spring, 1899
EA Hornel

"Hornel painted these figures and their background with such sweeping curves and brilliant colours that the whole picture seems to symbolise the joy and exuberance of spring,"
The Dance of Spring (detail), about 1892-3
EA Hornel

Autumn, 1895
John Reid Murray

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