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, Bruce Foxworthy’s “First Snow.”

The scene Foxworthy depicted in “First Snow”

Everyone loves to see the before-and-after process in paintings. This is a great example where the plein air artist nailed the values. This is often difficult to do when painting in the changing light and weather. I really like the warm elements that were put in the foreground. It gives the painting a more distinct focal point and lead-in. The muted oranges seem to pop as they play off of the distant neutral grays. Having a touch of the distant field peeking through adds even more distance.  


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