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, Paul Zegers’ “Rainy Day.”

Lead Image: “Rainy Day,” by Paul Zegers, oil on panel, 12 x 12 in.

These trees each have their own interesting personality. The spacing is nicely asymmetrical. Although the trees are a bit close to the bottom of the painting, the colorful contrast of the leaves keeps your eye higher up in the painting. There are enough “sky holes” through the trees to give you the sense of landscape in the distance, leading you further into the painting.

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