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.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Above Cachuma Nocturne