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, Jill Basham‘s “Bath County Beauty.” 

Shadows, whether real or added as just a shape, help to lead the eye into the scene. They allow the viewer to jump into the middleground of the painting. The diagonal lines throughout (clouds, hill, road) help to lead you back to the focal point, a white farmhouse. 



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