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, F. Scott Cahill’s “The Sloop.” 

This is a fun vantage point that works well for harbor scenes. It is a way of inviting you onto the boat, and it gives an intimate feel to hard surfaces. Although there is a bit of a confusing tangent on the forward railing, the angles of boats and masts move your eye around the painting nicely. It is a great study that shows white is not always white.


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