Why This Works: Masterful Use of Color

“Provencal Golden Hour,” by Jude Tolar, pastel, 9 x 12 in.

by Jeanne Mackenzie

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, Jude Tolar’s “Provencal Golden Hour.”

This quiet street has a calm feeling while the colors make the scene pop. The secondary color triad joyfully makes the painting come alive. The dominant mass of cool color in the foreground sets you up for the action that awaits you up the road.

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