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, Vasiliy Pohomov’s “Silver Light.” 

Lead Image: “Silver Light,” by Vasiliy Pohomov, oil, 7 3/4 x 11 3/4 in.

This low-key, tranquil painting actually imparts a sense of immense light. You can just feel the power of the low sun. Adding to the sense of light is the sun’s reflection, portrayed by the paint’s textural quality. Although the reflected light is centered in the composition, it is balanced by the supporting shoreline on the right. Also telling the ‘light’ story is the dark-to-light value transition of the sky as it pans toward the source.


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