“Long Island Inlet,” by Rosanne Kaloustian, oil, 8 x 10 in.

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, “Long Island Inlet,” by Rosanne Kaloustian.

It is always amazing how little it takes to hold a viewer’s eye and lead them around your painting. The large shapes are all supporting players to help tell the story of the small sailboat in the distance. The lessening chroma in the distance and the flattening of the ellipses found in the water add to the visual aerial perspective.

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