“PEI Skies,” by Susan Paterson, 2016, oil, 5 x 12 in.

by Jeanne Mackenzie

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, Susan Paterson’s “PEI Skies.”

The one-by-two format works wonders with a low-horizon painting. This high-key, elegant painting affords the drama of a sky interacting with the horizon line while the land meanders up to the sky. The detailed foreground continually brings your eye back to the shoreline. With aerial perspective, the artist has put miles into the bottom fourth of the painting.

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