Michelle Usibelli, “Picnic at the Point,” 2018, gouache, 9 x 12 in., Private collection, Plein air
Michelle Usibelli, “Picnic at the Point,” 2018, gouache, 9 x 12 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: Picnic at the Point

“My biggest challenge with plein air is figuring out how to limit my palette. I love color so much that I can overdose on it in my paintings. Being in Seattle, a lot of times when I go out, it’s gray, or layer upon layer of green. I love tonal paintings, but I have a hard time feeling satisfied when I do them. So I’m trying to push myself to search for the beautiful grays, to find that softer atmospheric painting that has a pop of color.”
— Michelle Usibelli, “Breaking New Ground”
PleinAir Magazine, April/May 2019


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