Ever since we put up string lights in the backyard, I’ve wanted to try to paint the warm glow they create in the garden at night! I’d never created a “nocturne”, or painting of a night scene before, but I read a bit about it, and learned that it involves a lot of layers, working from light to dark. After a few small “studies” (tiny test paintings to get the colors and layout the way I wanted it), I took it full size (9×12 in), and this was the result.
I was so happy with it, and it was so different than anything I had ever painted, that I entered it in a show at the Carrollwood Cultural Center called “Florida Landscapes”, and was thrilled that it received an honorable mention!
I was intrigued enough to sign up for a workshop about this, and I took Lynne Ferris‘s amazing workshop at the Florida Watercolor Society’s annual conference called “Chasing the Light”. We painted a night scene from a photo she had taken, and she walked us through each step. I loved the piece I created in the workshop, and I learned a ton about what colors to use, how to plan out the painting, and a cool trick for creating electrical wires in a painting! Here’s the finished product (a copy of Lynne’s original painting)
I can’t wait to try more! I’m working on a new book project about the night sky and the stars… so I will have plenty of opportunities to practice. More updates soon!
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