Blue Moon Overlook. 11x14"
My friend Quin discovered that the St Johns bridge was going to close at 9pm for mantantence and that meant no cars on the bridge. The great thing was that it was still open to pedestrians so Quin hosted a small paint out on the St John's bridge that night.
Don Bishop taking the opportunity for a street scene photograph.
Painting crew Za Vue, Don Bishop and a kind maintenance crewman.
I have crossed this bridge many times during all seasons of the year and have admired it's view from my car window. I had often wondered how I could access it's grand view for a painting. Not only would it be just too cold or windy, but it would also be noisy and perhaps dangerous. So I jumped at the idea and met up with my 3 friends to paint.
Because I could!
Then last night...
Photos courtesy of David Burbach
Eric Bowman called a few artists known for nocturne painting to paint along with him for a "Blue Moonrise" over The Tualatin River Waster Refuge. (A Blue Moon is normally a full moon twice in one month, but this month it was out 3 times.) Read more about the Blue Moon HERE.
I got there plenty early to warm up and to get my oil palette mixed. Here is my first as the shadows quickly moved across the field.
"Evening's Last Run" 11x14" Oil
My first study of the shadows in the tall grass.
When the sunlight was all gone, that meant just one more quick piece with the full light of the moon...as the others enjoyed a bottle of "Blue Moon" brew.
Nocturne painting works best when you have a couple of helpers and an Energizer clip light.
I like the small Energizer brand clip on lights the best. The light is strong but has a "blue" tint to it and it can bend to aim in the area of your palette or panel. I use a couple of them to give me just enough light to get me through the work. Perhaps not color correct, but it does the trick. I have also used a strapped on head lamp. They work to an extent, but but like a headlamp, it moves with your head while you look up...then down, then back up. It can be a bit annoying to focus then refocus with a headlamp, so I usually take it off. Not to mention it cuts circulation to that most important part of your painting...the brain!
"Blue Moon over Sherwood" 14x11" Oil
This one was a very quick and final study.
And now for a little video of that summertime song "Nightmoves" by Bob Seger.