Monday, September 12, 2016

Nocturnal Painting!

  8"x 10" Oil on canvas board

 10"x 8" - Soft Pastel on UArt paper

Works here were created over this past Labor Day weekend in Main Amana, IA.  Catiri's Art Oasis  sponsored their 9th year of "Fresh Paint" Plein air competition during the 3 day celebrated weekend.  33 artists attended  - creating around 70 works of art. (wasn't positive on that total number)

Nocturnal painting can be a fun challenge for artists.  I have 2 LED Orchestra pit lights that clip on my easel set on the canvas holder - the other directed on my palette box.  Both run on AAA batteries.  They provide perfect light to work from at night so as not to obscure the view but still be able to see what I'm doing.

Surprisingly, after dark has been much more pleasant to paint outdoors this summer.  For some reason, less bugs that bite, or fly around and get in the paint.  Dawn and Dusk are the most challenging time of day to keep the bugs away.

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