We will resume weekly paint-outs on Monday, October 2, 2017.
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Nocturne scheduled for Saturday, October 14 at 6 PM at Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda.
- When painting at night values are very close together, so simplify your palette if possible.
- Choose subject matter that has the greatest degree of value contrast with the simplest compositional elements.
- Try to use as few artificial light sources as possible so as not to interfere with what you’re naturally observing.
- Make sure you angle your headlamp down at 45 degrees to avoid light bouncing back into your eyes.
- Position your easel and palette so that they have consistent lighting: if your canvas is in light make sure your palette is in light. If your canvas is in shadow, make sure your palette is in shadow.
- When mixing your palette at night, remember to make the colors slightly lighter than what you’re actually seeing because they will appear much duller and darker when viewed in daylight.
- Use very little white.
- Because most of the colors you will be painting with at night will be cool, use a warm underpainting to provide greater contrast and luminosity.
- Use big brushes for better blending and to achieve the soft edges inherent in night scenes.
- The moon is cooler on top and warmer on the bottom because, as it’s rising, there is more atmosphere below it than there is above it.
- There is a warm halo of ambient light around the moon. By exaggerating the dark values surrounding that with a chiaroscuro effect, you will create the illusion that the moon is glowing.
- The farther away from the moon, the darker the sky’s value.
- As the moon rises, its reflection will spread out wider over the surface beneath it.