Analyzing Booth's The Storm

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Booth’s painting is a seen of mass destruction and the brutality of Mother Nature. On September 21, 1989 hurricane Hugo hit the shores of Charleston’s Battery. Before the lights went out Booth was able to capture this magnificent scene. In the painting, the scene is set in the middle of the ocean overlooking the houses on the shoreline of Charleston. Big and beautiful antique houses watching as the waves come crashing in on them. The waves of the storm are as tall as the second floor windows. The palm trees blown around like twigs on a tree branch. Dark and cloudy skies mask the storm as it pushes through. Through the rough storm, the lights in houses and streetlights are able to stay on.

Booth made a beautiful piece of artwork that shows two visual elements, one being motion and the other being colors. The motion in the artwork is from the waves crashing down on the shoreline. Some are at their crest while others have already hit the beach and are beginning to start another giant wave. Also by the rough and jagged sea is showing motion in the artwork, along with the palm
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Booth envisioned what Charleston’s Battery must have looked like that terrifying night, before the lights went out. He entitled this piece, “The Storm.” The paint Booth used was oil paint to create smooth and easy lines through his artwork. The painting was finished in 1995, six years after the storm covered Charleston. Booth is a self-taught artist he did not start painting for a career until he finished his duty in the Marine Corps. He believes he would not be able to support himself so that is why he did not pursue it earlier. Booth is originally from Charleston, but now resides in Johns Island, South Carolina. He is widely known for his life-like realism in his paintings. CITATION Jim00 l 1033 (Booth) “The Storm,” is a very famous painting in South Carolina, because it brought many South Carolinians
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