I've been a little fascinated with nocturnes lately. They truly don't fit my morning schedule self, but after doing the moonrise through my window the other night (at the bottom of this blog post in case you missed it earlier), I got out to the Louvre at dusk to paint. Besides flagging energy level, there is also the technical difficulty of painting in the dark. It helps to know your way around your palette, but some of it ends up being guess work. I put the sky in later, using my out-the-window sketch as a guide, but I did the rest on site. I also did the quick little sketch below while I was out there. It was a fun evening.
More recent work that you might have seen but that fits in this category are my star filled self portrait, sitting here in the apartment I'm house sitting, and the museum study I did in the Orsay.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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