When I first decided on doing this challenge, I made a rough list of ideas for paintings. Among the general ideas I jotted down was to do a few nocturnal paintings. Even though I paint outdoors, I've never tried a nocturnal painting before. I wasn't too sure what to expect painting in just the light of a nearby porch light, but I was anxious to give it a try. For this painting, I played it a little safe and set up in front of my house. The street light a few houses away made for an interesting subject for the evening. After about five minutes of painting, I was glad I had set up so close to home. I had to run in and get something to keep the mosquitoes away. Note to self: Don't forget the Off next time! The only draw back to painting at night is it made it almost impossible to take progress pictures as I painted. It was just too dark to get anything worth while, so today's blog doesn't have any step-by-step pictures. Sorry about that. Hopefully tomorrow's painting will. It all depends on where my muse takes me...
By the way, my wife doesn't think that the richness and velvety look of the painting has translated very well into the photo, which is a good reminder that the painting almost always look better in real life.
The finished painting.
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