The Disturbed Tree


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The Disturbed Tree

“The Disturbed Tree” is a piece of art, a digital picture, made through Adobe Photoshop and painted using Corel Painter computer software is presented by Leo De Wijs on the website. However, the image appears as if it is painted using paint or oil pastels.

The image shows a tree bursting from solid rocks. The sky is painted dark at the edges way from the tree while it is painted brighter around the tree to pay more emphasis on the tree. At the background, the tree is surrounded by bright and green color. This green color seems to represent the flourishing of the natural world. The picture appears to pass a message that, the human activities have destructed the way of natural world extensively. However, the natural world overcomes this phenomenon. The picture seems to depict the strength of nature over the artificial world and how the two interact (de Wijs).

The artist use of well blended unsaturated colors leads to a relaxed feeling creating a calm emotion. The lines drawn are softly blended creating an unclear effect which leads to a non-violent feeling quality.  By application of sharper lines in this piece of art, the artist could have been seen as trying to imply the violent or anger meaning that the whole process of the nature overcoming the artificial destructive will be devastating. The use of smooth texture on the representation of the rocks directs the viewer to a feeling of positivity of the rocks. It creates an appealing impact on the audience towards the rocks. If the artist used a rough texture, the compositional technique could have appeared expressing sadness and creating fear. These emotions would have quantified the human creations as something very wrong and should be highly refrained from. However, the smooth texture shows acceptance of the artificial creation and how the two effectively inter-relates. The impact by which the tree seems to intrude creates a sorrow emotion, a kind of pity to the landscape. This emotion quality leads the viewer to deduce that, the scene of natural world conquering the technological world is remarkable and has created critical affected the manmade world though there is no significant negative impact (Atzmon, Molloy and Bianchi 27).

In this image, logos are employed in two unique ways. The artist first expresses the image credibly realistic. He uses the colors efficiently such that the picture appears real. By applying of oversaturated colors, the piece could have appeared as ideal and plainly farcical. The well-varied texture effectively implies the actual ideology about the artificial works. Poor texture, like over exaggerated and rough texture, would have indicated an ideal ideology of the human activities. The lightly-green color successively portrays the actual appearance of the natural world. Use of any dull colors in the background; it would have rendered this scene unavailable. The ideology of the success of the merging of the two, technology and nature could be unclear (Cockcroft 43).

The image also seems to evoke some logical paradox such that it looks natural yet it expresses the mighty and resilience of natural world over manmade constructions. The artist uses this piece of arts that seems to be drawn in the conventional which includes oil pastels or paints. However, the image in its reality is a digital image being made using Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop software. This paradox evokes the viewer to think about what De Wijs meant by applying this paradox as a stylistic choice. Although the paradox does not give any logical support to the argument, it is vital as it helps to involve the viewer in analyzing the argument the artist tries to communicate with the piece of art. Due to its uncertainty, the paradox can be used to weaken the argument, or make it stronger by showing how a scene that has a natural look can appear in such a digital medium. The paradox is much similar to the way the tree is seen penetrating from human-made concrete. It has an effective impact on inducing the audience to a more critical analysis of the relationship between the two different phenomena. The audiences clearly can relate the connection between the manmade and natural as shown in the image and like features of the composition itself.

The Disturbed Tree image seems to vary considerably in style from the De Wijs’ previous work. However, among his previous work he has dealt with an animation under the same topic. The animation named by him as Growing Pains, bears the similar idea of nature world and artificial world conflicting. Growing Pains, an animation that shows a tree under pressure to develop while a sophisticated culture grows surrounding it, shows De Wijs outstanding skills in working with ideas of the similar nature. He seems to have an adequate reputation in dealing with the ideology of conflicting artificial world and the natural world (De Wijs).

From the analysis, a formal fallacy can be deduced. Fallacies mean possible misleading information that may contribute to the wrong visual analysis (Cockcroft 39). This picture is not a real photograph taken using a camera to show how natural world has been able to overcome the manmade world. If there were a real picture depicting the nature of natural and artificial world, it would have given a more credible illusion. However, the artist preferably chose to draw the image so as to paint it in the most efficient way that it will cause emotions to the viewers that will attribute to them deducing the meaning. Additionally, the image does not show the rock is manmade, this could lead to the viewers suggesting that it is just a typical interaction between natural phenomenon. The absence of a caption leads to the audience a dilemma where they have guesses basing the arguments on their thoughts and feelings since the information is too scarce to determining what picture implies. By including a caption on this piece of art, the audience can successively attain the intended message. De Wijs might, however, have omitted the caption intentionally so as give the audience more freedom to deduce their illusion by viewing the painting in a broader perception.

Despite the quite number of fallacies, De Wijs has successfully employed the use of pathos by his fine line-work, well-faded colors and varying texture making it evidently exclusive Aristotelian appeal. The realism of the photo and the logical paradox where he uses a digital medium to air the mighty of nature displays his successful use of logos. Basing the argument from the Aristotelian appeals, De Wijs has conveyed the intended message using “The Disturbed Tree” digital illustration.

Work List

Atzmon, Leslie, Ryan Molloy, and Nina Bianchi. Visual Rhetoric And The Eloquence Of Design. Anderson, South Carolina: Parlor Press, 2011. Print.

Cockcroft, Robert. Rhetorical Affect In Early Modern Writing. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. Print.

De Wijs, Leo de Wijs. “The Disturbed Tree”. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.

De Wijs, Leo. “Growing Pains: Final Animation”. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.


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