– 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, Simon Bland’s “Field Study, Discovery Park.” 

Lead Image: “Field Study, Discovery Park,” by Simon Bland, oil on canvas panel, 6 x 8 in.

What an expressive painting in a small package. This field study zeroed in on what was important to the artist — finding a good composition, deciding correct hues through color notes, and finding an inviting focal point. The bravado of knife work adds exciting textural notes to the painting.


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