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, Marianne Mickley-Miller’s “Untitled.” 

This painting has a wonderful sense of light. The values are spot on, showing that a white sheet in shadow is darker than red leaf in sunlight. Instead of the proverbial brown, the tree trunk displays the varied optical color of surrounding reflecting light sources. The greens and shadow objects have a nice play of the warm red family that ties the painting together.



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