– Jeanne Mackenzie reporting –

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, Beth Brownlee Bathe’s “Frederic’s View.”

Lead Image: “Frederic’s View,” by Beth Brownlee Bathe, oil on panel, 12 x 24 in.

The drawing in this oil is beautifully done with the horizontal planes of the river setting it down in space. Although I would have liked to have seen, in the mountains, more cool colors and a higher-key value for recession, they do recede with the soft edges. There is a nice hint of color in the foreground trees. It has a nice sense of space.


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