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, Mike Hernandez‘s “Venice Canals Demo.” 

In this painting, the sun is lower, casting the landscape in shadow. This gives the painting a lower-keyed value, offering a wonderful foil for the sun’s reflection on the water. The scattered light on the water makes the reflections dance while the boats sit calmly, and anchored, on a quiet, undisturbed surface. 



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