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, Silas Thompson’s “Wintertide Creek.” 

This painting has a Japanese notan feel to it with the strong division of lights and darks. The viewer’s eye is also led in with the large shapes breaking up into smaller shapes. Although a jumble of undefined trees, the artist has given detail to a chosen few. The attention to these trees helps to establish order out of chaos and lets our eye rest on shapes as they move around the painting.

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