– Jeanne Mackenzie reporting –

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, Joel Tenzin’s “Basin.” 

Lead Image: “Basin,” by Joel Tenzin, 2015, acrylic

This soft monochromatic piece evokes a lot of inviting atmosphere. Mist or fog often blurs the lines between land and sky, making objects feel like they are floating a bit. The strong shape of the foreground boat anchors these shapes while adding a focal point to the ethereal mood. To keep the gray palette from becoming too cold, the artist has allowed the warm tones of the underpainting to show through.

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