Sketch, Moon Rising over the Atlantic, Nags Head #1,

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Below are the paintings I created for the show at Stewart Gallery, using Titanium White, Mars Black, Chromatic Black, a bit of Manganese Violet (to make the Chromatic Black less green), and Cadmium Lemon Yellow. These are Gamblin Oils.

Full Moon Rising over the Atlantic, Virginia Beach #1,

oil on paper, 6x6", matted under glass to 5x5"

Crescent Moon Rising over the Atlantic, Nags Head #1,

oil on paper, 6x6", matted under glass to 5x5"

A Bit of Color...
The evening and night are full of color and light.

Moon over Virginia Beach and Nags Head—Subdued color, but still bright! NO black; Titanium White,  Cobalt Blue, Indanthrene Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Indian Yellow, Napthol Red (for the crescent moon). 

For a while I have wanted to paint twilight/night images, especially with the moon. I decided that 2017 will have this as one of my main focuses. I will be posting my images here, and writing about this journey. 

This really took firm form during the Super Moon excitement in November. I went out to Haw's Shop in Hanover, Virginia, a great place for viewing the rising moon unemcumbered. While I did not paint, I did take photos (which were awful) and did sketches over 3 nights. This resulted in some early paintings, just for fun (which I will not be sharing). 

It was the 'Black and White' themed show at Stewart Gallery for February that got me really working on the idea. That, and a painting I did in 2012 for Gamblin Paint's Torrit Grey contest (see below)

Moon Setting over the River, oil on paper, 6x9", matted under glass, $320

Moon and Clouds 1, oil on paper, 9x6", matted under glass, $320

Moon through the Trees 2, oil on linen, 6x9", matted under glass, $320

Moon through the Trees 3, oil on linen, 6x9", matted under glass, $320

Moon through the Trees 1, oil on board, 6x9"

A few nights ago I went outside to see if I could determine the values in the nighttime sky. Of course, there are a lot of factors that could be involved—how late or early it is, how much cloud cover exists, the ambient light from local lights. But, for this night, it was a clear sky with just a few clouds, about 7 pm. Not much light, the sky was dark, quarter moon setting in the west. Actual moonset would be 9:34 pm, I think. 

 

           

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
A value scale goes from 1 (white) to 9 or 10 (black). A value finder is a neutral grey, mid-value (battleship gray)
 

 

Last night I tried again, and there was lots of cloud cover: the sky was lighter than 5, maybe 4, and the only dark areas were breaks in the clouds. Could not see the moon.