– 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, Peggy Trigg’s “High Water.” 

Lead Image: “High Water,” by Peggy Trigg, 2016, acrylic on board, 24 x 18 in.

What a fun, colorful painting. The artist has taken the stark contrasts of the topography and pushed the envelope with color. The direction of brushstrokes gives the lay of the land and the flow of the water, keeping you moving around the painting. The color scheme is a good example of the successful secondary triad — green, violet, orange. They all have hues in common, so as vibrant and eclectic as the color scheme may be, it is a harmonious palette.


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