This painting depicts a group of African American workers in the turpentine industry. For me, this painting represents one of my core values, hard work. Furthermore, this visual representation of hard work leads to a deeper representation of some core values such as unity and teamwork. These men are all working hard, but more than that, this painting doesn't depict one man working hard alone, but rather, a group of men working hard in unison. You see some men removing bark from the trees, and others collecting things in baskets near the bottom of the painting. It's no longer as if each man were working independently in close proximity to each other, but rather as a group to achieve a common goal. For me, this resembles a lot of life where we often find ourselves working alongside other people, and while we may have individual goals or work to accomplish, we collectively work alongside each other to reach a common result.
Wilson, Ellis. Pulling Turpentine. Gainesville: The Harn, 1944. Print.
This painting captures the essence of nature. The earth is run over with vegetation, the sky is beautiful with big, fluffy clouds, and most importantly, are the deer in the left corner grazing through nature. I think the deer are important, not only because it adds life to the painting, but deer are commonly symbolized and beautiful, peaceful animals surrounded by nature. The Good Life theme conveyed in this painting is unison with nature, and overall serenity. The extent to which the vegetation has grown and the depiction of the deer living within nature, relying upon it for food, peace of mind, and shelter, shows the importance nature plays alongside creatures and the serenity it brings to the mind. This painting shows the importance of living a peaceful life among nature and letting that nature consume you and run through your mind and heart. Just as nature has taken over the landscape, it should overcome your mind and its serenity will bring peace to you, but only if you let it.
Herzog, Herman. Landscape With Three Deer. Gainesville: The Harn. Print.