Moonlight over Casco Bay–an experiment

I haven’t worked much with nighttime paintings, but have been inclined to give them a try considering I’ve spent so much time driving home in the dark this winter and observing the light (what little of it there is) around the trees and houses.

I’ve also been thinking back to a trip we took to Maine a few years ago. Trying some of Turner’s techniques I constructed this scene from an evening photo I took out on Casco Bay. I used the photo for reference but manufactured the nighttime effects based on imagination and reference to other paintings. I was interested in showing the two light sources–the cool light of the moon and the warm light of the town–coming together on the water. To do this I used a blue pastel paper, with ultramarine and sepia to get the darks, mixing in a little permanent green olive on the near island. Titanium white and yellow ochre provided the light sources. More to come along these lines, I think.  Thanks for reading.



2 thoughts on “Moonlight over Casco Bay–an experiment

  1. laber1 January 17, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    I have been there many, many times as a child and you have captured a moon, a sky, a feeling I remember with great fondness!

  2. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) January 17, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Wow this is really a wonderful scene. Beautiful atmosphere you created here. I find night scenes really difficult and this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your colors and process!

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