Monday, December 8, 2008

Desert Moon....


Desert Moon 11x14 oil
Here is another quick study from the other day. I have admired night paintings or nocturnes from several artists here in the blogoshere and elsewhere . What I didn't know was hard the color of night is. So, as I remembered an exhibit I went to a few years back an image began to form. It was on Frederic Remington another painter from the past that I admire. I remembered the impact his work had on me when I saw it. The entire collection was nocturnes and they literally glowed when you saw them. I had to have that catalog!! Fortunatly I bought it after seeing the show before leaving the museum. I searched for it the other day, found it and pulled it out to study it. Wow....is all I can say.
So here is my first attempt at a nocturne...I did use a photograph for the design but the color is from running outside and looking at the yucca plant in the front yard and reviewing Remington's work.
Oh and I have added a new artist to my websites list that I have been watching for a couple of years...Kevin Beilfuss. Check it out!!!
See you tomorrow,
Theresa

8 comments:

Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,

Your nocturne is lovely.

I'm envying the yucca plant in your
yard, as the weather here is yukka
today.

xoxoxo Barbara

eldon warren said...

Never painted a nocturne. Not on purpose anyway. Perhaps I'll get ambitious and try one too. I really like this one. Well done.
Eldon

David Lobenberg said...

Very evocative nocturne. Hey, Kevin does some very impressive figure and portrait painting.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I'm taking a workshop in April on painting night scenes. The prospectus describes part of the class as learning to mix colors in the dark?


This piece looks very natural to me. Lovely!

Theresa Rankin said...

Hi Barbara! The yucca is covered with snow today...we got a tiny bit last night!
Yukka weather....you are too funny!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Eldon...I appreciate it. I am not terribly happy with it. I need more practice! I would like to see your take on one. There is a house across the street that looks pretty nice at night right now...may attempt that one next!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you David! I am still in practice mode here and feeling very rusty but I appreciate your support. Kevin has some fantastic work I am glad you enjoyed the link!

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you onpainting..I appreciate the support! The class sounds very interesting. Learning to mix colors in the dark? Hmmm....by feel? Best of luck in the workshop...I wish they had one like that close to me...sounds pretty interesting!