– 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.