– 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, Carrie Jacobson’s “Patagonia Tightrope.”

Lead Image: “Patagonia Tightrope,” by Carrie Jacobson, oil on black canvas, 10 x 10 in.

There is a lot of energy in this painting. The strong abstract shapes and colors of the mountains would just not do with a quiet, well-rendered sky. The sky holds its own with bravado and panache. Although the energy seems chaotic in nature, there is a wonderful sense of order and movement that leads your eye through the painting and around and through the jagged edges. Bringing touches of cool sky color down into the mountains and touches of warm mountain color into the sky ties the two vibrant shapes together.


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