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, Anna Rose Bains “La Jolla Light.”

This painting is a wonderful study in values. Although of a more monochromatic tone, it is colorful and true to life. The artist has captured the aerial perspective with the softer edges in the distant shoreline and tree line. The emanating light, bouncing off of the water, is portrayed in the glow cast upon the rocks. The scene really has that feel of looking straight into the sun, making you want to squint because the reflecting light off the sea is so bright. But it is only paint, right? Well done.


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