This series returns, with plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie taking a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and pointing out why they succeed as painted images. This week, Christopher Greco‘s “October Sanctum.” 

Strong dark and light values give this painting its strong punch. Being 90% low key there is a natural focal point with the high chromatic light. You hop right into the painting. Often a strong color at the edge of a painting would become a distraction, but the softness of the encroaching boughs add a nice balance. There is a nice mixture of the secondary triad–green, violet, and orange.


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