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, Matt Anderson‘s Hartung Oil.”

What a simple statement. Most folks would walk by this scene as having nothing of interest. It is not about the subject so much as the division of space. The placement of a straight-on building could block your eye and become boring. But the artist has used the shadows, path, and angles to lead your eye into the painting and through to the background. The window reflections give more information, and interest, as to what is in the scene behind you.


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