Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Above Cachuma Nocturne

"Above Cachuma Nocturne"
5" X 7" Oil on Panel

After painting the recent Cachuma hills painting I decided to make a nocturne out of the same view. This was a nice personal challenge to take a day scene and convert it to a nocturne. Values and colors change drastically at night so it is up to the artist to create those changes to pull off a believable night scene. It helps if you've painted a few nocturnes to remember how the light available at night causes these changes.
Handling the flowers was an interesting part of this because I think night would really have these so dark you really wouldn't see much of them unless the moon was really high and full. With a low moon they'd be much darker but I wanted to keep them a good part of the scene and lightened them some. This way I could push their perspective in the scene but still retain an overall nocturne scene. I think this one came out pretty good and am pretty happy with the results.


Marian Fortunati said...

Well done... and it's very believable to me!!! I didn't realize that you had made it up until I read the dialogue!!

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Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Marian,
Yep...just used the same scene from the day painting and adjusted the light...via color of course. I'm rusty at nocturnes, hahaha.

hmuxo said...

I work strictly with pastels but looking at your work makes me want to "attempt" using oils. Amazing painting. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Hilda,
Thanks for checking out my blog here. Glad you like the work and are tempted to try oils...they can be a lot of fun. I've tried my hand at Pastels too but somehow ended up going into oils.

I saw the work on your blog Hilda...very nice work. You do very nice portrait work but your landscapes are pretty good too. Hope to see more of those in the future.