Plein air pastel paintings
Greg Barnes, “Out to Dry,” 2018, pastel, 11 x 14 in., Private collection, Plein air

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

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Out to Dry

“My goal is to get the viewer away from the edges of the composition, toward the middle, and once there, for the eye to continue to move around. I will go all the way around the edges of the painting, even a completely finished painting, and smudge it with a paper towel, generating radiating lines from the center. It creates this zoom effect, which has been very effective in drawing people into a painting. Because my style is loose, I can get away with it. It can’t be done on every piece, and sometimes it’s just along one side. It’s now part of my style.”

— Greg Barnes, “Seeking Contrast,” December-January 2019 PleinAir Magazine

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