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, Bob O’Brian‘s “November Harvest.” 

There is a nice compositional feel to this painting. The hay bale rolls are varied shapes, giving distance in a very short plane. The neutral, subtle background sends the shapes forward with their harder edges. Although more tonal in hue, the little color notes give playful accents to the quiet scene.



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