– 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, Keith Gunderson’s “Milton Boatyard.” 

Lead Image: “Milton Boatyard,” by Keith Gunderson, oil on linen, 12 x 20 in.

There are a lot of subjects and activities going on in this lovely painting. But what holds all of the pieces together is that there are only three main values. Elements are either in the light, the middle, or the dark value. This simplifies the scene and helps you to look at large section, only then delving further to look at the smaller activity within those shapes. Squint and you will see what a lovely, simplified design it really is.


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