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, Mitch Baird‘s “Autumn Wash.” 

There is a wonderful quality of light on these trees. Back light will often break up forms and scatter the light, giving edges an ethereal line. The trunks of these trees capture that light where it often wraps around the form, softening the hard edges. The pop of color reinforces the strong directional play of the light.



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