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, Brian Buckrell‘s “Cluxewe Morning.”

This painting imparts a quiet mood from its analogous color scheme. The harmonious blues, violets, and reds, and close values, give the feel of early-morning or late-evening low light. The balance is pleasing, with the 1/3-to-2/3 ratio of earth to sky. The similar shapes of mountains and trees are different enough for each to have their own personality.


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