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, David Savellano’s “First Rain.” 

This watercolor has a wonderful mood. The foreground valley could have been captured during a sunset or sunrise or under a cloudy sky. Yet it is the turbulent sky that tells the whole story. The rainy weather has cast cloud shadows, adding form to the terrain. It gives the feeling of a heavy storm that has moved on through, waiting for those shafts of sunlight. The distant lost and found edges are varied and beautifully handled.


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