"A Winter's Day," by Eileen Guernsey Brown, oil on board, 9 x 12 in.

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, Eileen Guernsey Brown’s “A Winter’s Day.”

This painting gives credence to the adage of “connecting your darks”. There is often a tendency to have too many separate willow bushes when painting snowy river scenes. The artist has massed the bushes together helping to give the painting a good solid structure. I am not sure that the distant cabin is even necessary as the foreground willows are such a grand and impressive focal point.

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