Thursday, October 22, 2009

Nocturne, The Wee Hours

"The Wee Hours"
9"X12" Oil on panel
I painted this one about 3 weeks ago but couldn't get a good photograph of it at the time to post. I finally gave it another try and this will have to do. It's pretty close to the paintings actual colors.
This was just an attempt to try out Thalo Green to give that nice greenish look to the night sky. They had a very cool Nocturne show at the Wildling Museum in Los Olivos last November and there were a few paintings with this greenish touch. I loved the look of that and wanted to try it out. There was a painting by DeWitt Parshall titled "Night Near The Village" that beautifully used this greenish color in the background night sky. I tried hunting on Google for a picture of the painting to post here but couldn't find one. If you ever see it you'll love it.


Parshall went much darker with his foliage which appears almost black in the painting. I'll try one like that down the line too.
At this show was a painting by Charles Rollo Peters, "Mission Santa Ynez". It was first exhibited by Peters in New York in 1899. I live about 5 minutes from Mission Santa Ynez so it is really cool to have seen that painting and think about it everytime I go to the mission to take reference photos.

2 comments:

Celeste Vaught said...

Okay, Ron, this is my favorite nocturne of yours so far. Absolutely gorgeous green night sky.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Celeste,
I love this green sky for night work...I just need to work it into the rest of the canvas to give a more harmonious effect to the entire painting....coming up!....
Thanks Celeste