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, Fred Doloresco’s “Glacier Sunset.”

Lead Image: “Glacier Sunset,” by Fred Doloresco, oil, 16 x 20 in.

There is a wonderful sense of aerial perspective in this piece. What sets the mountains back in space is the analogous relationships of the distant hues and subtle value changes. It is very easy to look at a mountain catching last light and add too much orange to the distant plane. All of the mountain range colors are from the same family — the blue/purple spectrum. Although there are strong darks in the mountains, they correlate with other distance relationships. They are still lighter than the foreground vertical trees.


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