– 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, Annetta Gregory’s “Dogwoods in the Park.” 

Lead Image: “Dogwoods in the Park,” by Annetta Gregory, 2016, oil, 18 x 24 in.

Although a representational subject, this piece has more of an abstract feel to it. At first glance it is a bit unbalanced, as the trees weigh to the left. But the strong tree in the back, with its dark presence, holds its own. The light-and-dark contrast of the floral boughs imparts a nice sense of sunlight. The ethereal branches peeking through the tree give it the illusion of fullness without having to be heavy-handed in an overlay of dogwood boughs.


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