– 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, Randy Smith’s “Round Valley Storm.”

Lead Image: “Round Valley Storm,” by Randy Smith, 2016, pastel, 9 x 12 in.

This pastoral piece tells a story of scale. The powerful mass looms over the quiet valley floor. But as imposing as the mountain mass is, it takes on a secondary role as the last rays of the day light up a small area of field. Your eye continually returns to cattle and sunlit trees.


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