“Beaverdams Pond,” by Kathryn A. McMahon, 2017, oil, 12 x 20 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, Kathryn A. McMahon’s “Beaverdams Pond.”

This painting is a good example of not spending too much time on every branch and twig and leaf. The background trees display distance with their lost edges, while the foreground trees come forward with their stronger chroma and darker value. The viewer’s eye fills in the small twigs and brush, completing the painting.


  1. I am so glad to see Kathryn McMahon’s painting here. Can we see a feature article about her?
    She is obviously a fabulous painter and also a wonderful instructor! I miss her in Colorado!


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