“Blythe Ferry Winter Day,” by Nancy Woods Daniel, 2017, oil on panel, 11 x 14 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, Nancy Woods Daniel’s “Blythe Ferry Winter Day.”

This painting could stand on its own without the wildlife, but it is the birds that give it interest. The groupings and varied shapes of the birds give a wonderful pattern to lead your eye around the scene. Incorporating the flock brings life to the landscape and sets the story for the waterway.

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