– 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, Gail Sutherland’s “Mist.” 

Lead Image: “Mist,” by Gail Sutherland, watercolor, 12 x 19 in.

This beautiful watercolor shares the mood that coastal fog brings. Without the warm touches of amber tone, the painting would have been too cool. What I like about the painting is that it is about a foreground of nothingness. It is only after looking at the painting a while do you notice the lighthouse on the distant hill. Many artists would have painted that lighthouse with hard edges and strong red and white hues. That isn’t the case when your landscape is enshrouded in mist and fog. Even the distant horizon line finishes the story as the sea becomes one with the sky.


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