“Arrabida Natural Park,” by Lena Rivo, oil, 10 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, Lena Rivo’s “Arrabida Natural Park.”

The artist has wonderfully invited the viewer into this painting with the subtle diagonal lines. Hints of red-roofed buildings let you linger a while before you are guided to the distant mountains. This is a good example where distant mountains are not foreground family, but ‘sky’ family. The clouds, sky, and distant mountain range are all related.

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