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, Nellie Gill’s “Rub-A-Dub-Dub.”

Lead Image: “Rub-A-Dub-Dub,” by Nellie Gill, watercolor, 15 x 24 in.

This painting has a lyrical feel to it, not only for the subject and title but also for its application of medium. There is a spontaneity in brush work as well as pen strokes. The composition shows strength that is supported by the strong jumps in values. The subtle spots of color add life to the quiet overall color. These tubs may be abandoned or waiting for use but they will not be ignored.


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