Why This Works: Supporting the Star Player

“DeLong Lake, Alaska,” by Kurt Jacobson, oil

by Jeanne Mackenzie

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, Kurt Jacobson’s “DeLong Lake, Alaska.”

There is a lot of harmony throughout this painting. The mixture of lost and found edges helps the viewer to zero in on the star player. If the tree to the left had been as prominent in edge and value, there would have been confusion as to where to look. The left tree does serve an important role in balancing the center-positioned focal point.


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