– 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, Jude Tolar’s “View From Lipan Point.”

Lead Image: “View From Lipan Point,” by Jude Tolar, 2016, pastel, 9 x 12 in.

Strong, bold, and lively — this is a painting that shouts to be looked at. Although all of the colors are strong, they are in the right plane and place to give depth to the painting. The artist has used those successful secondary triadic colors (orange, green, violet) to add harmonies while giving the painting vibrancy with its strong chroma. There is a great use of shadows to give the direction of a light source.


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