By Jeanne Mackenzie

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, Dan Graziano’s “Autumn in the Village.”

Perspective drawing in architecture brings up an interesting phenomenon. When it is wrong, you can’t help but continue to look at something that is askew. When it is done correctly, you don’t notice anything at all. You can enjoy the whole painting without distraction. This house is beautifully rendered and is integrated with the landscape through line, shape, and color harmony. You are not distracted by drawing issues. The artist has given the road personality by emphasizing the “dip” or turn, breaking up what could have been a boring curve.


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