“River Mist,” by Doug Gorrell, 2017, oil on panel, 6 x 8 inches, Private collection

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, Doug Gorrell’s “River Mist.”

There is such an inviting harmony in this piece. All of the hues relate to each other as if each has a bit of the others color in it. The spontaneously loose brushwork and cool temperature give the feeling of a fog moving in. The use of similar brushstrokes throughout the painting gives it a very cohesive feel.


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