– Jeanne Mackenzie reporting –

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, Elizabeth Sauder’s “ Drive-In Drama.” 

Lead Image: “Drive-In Drama,” by Elizabeth Sauder, oil on panel, 6 x 8 in.

A big scene in a small package (6 x 8 inches). This is a wonderful nocturne with ambient light from the movie screen bringing daylight colors into the night. Who says nocturnes have to be monochromatic? It would be easy to make this scene a collection of square shapes, but the artist has left everything a bit skewed, adding energy and movement to the painting. I can just smell the popcorn.


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