Great Column By Jeanne Mackenzie In Plein Air Today Newsletter

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Jeanne Mackenzie’s article in the PleinAir Today newsletter you should! Lots of great tips including the article a couple of weeks ago featuring our own Bruce Foxworthy!

Why This Works: Muting Sunlit Area to Showcase Focal Point

Written by  Jeanne Mackenzie

"Edge of the Cliff," by John Lintott, 2015, oil on panel, 8 x 12 in.
“Edge of the Cliff,” by John Lintott, 2015, oil on panel, 8 x 12 in.

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they succeed as painted images. This week, John Lintott’s “Edge of the Cliff.” 

There are a lot of nice diagonals in this piece that move your eye around the landscape. With colorful canyon walls, it is tempting to make them too chromatic. The reds and oranges can overpower an image. But this painting is not about the canyon so much as the feeling of being on the edge, and what it is to look out over the landscape. The artist has used the canyon’s warm color as a foil for his subject, the juniper bush. By muting the distant sunlit high-chroma shape, an adjacent complementary color takes on a vibrancy of its own, helping to say, “Look at me!”

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