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, Kyle Buckland‘s “The Golden Hour.”

The lush paint application here gives credence to the words “lean darks, loaded lights.” Your eye is drawn to the focal point by way of color, contrast, detail, and edges. This lower-key painting has the color and feel of the Ash Can School movement of the late 1800s/early 1900s. It has wonderful strong darks that play up the strong lights.


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