Jed Dorsey, “Garden of Life,” 2018, acrylic, 24 x 36 in., Private collection, Plein air

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote from the current issue.

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Garden of Life

“I think this might be my best plein air painting to date. I worked fast and furious on it for three hours, and I loved it when I finished it. But it has problems. Most notably, the head of the shovel, which ends up being the focal point, is directly centered in the composition. There are enough other things to look at that I didn’t notice it at first, but later I thought, “How’d I miss that?” I now make a mark in the center of my canvas at the outset to avoid such a problem in the future. I painted this piece on a gray background and tried to fill it with life and color while remaining true to the scene.” ~ Jed Dorsey, “Exaggerating Color to Add Life to Lifeless Scenes”
PleinAir Magazine, August/September 2019


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