Do you ever get a creative surge in the dark of night and try to imprint it for later? Ever grab a pen in the middle of the night to safeguard your brainstorm? Ever play "Cranium"... and have to draw "Sensosketch"- with your eyes closed? That's about how this painting felt. I was seeing more light and color than the camera picked up. But, as far as recording it on canvas, all I could attempt to do, was let the brush feel the canvas in a similar motion as the sky and water, and choose paint from either the warm or cool side of the palette.
It turned out to be a fun girls'-night-out in Gulf Breeze with a couple of friends. Kay shared her recent workshop experience as we sat on the picnic table and anticipated the full moon rising. We went ahead and set up, Rhoda wore a hat with a light! We worked quickly. My canvas was covered, and just before I added the string of lights and reflections on the distant shore, the orange moon appeared over my shoulder, on the bay, surprising me. I assumed it was already concealed in the clouds. Plein air is about capturing the moment, and I left glad that the moon showed up. I felt like we completed our mission- to paint the moon.
Moon Rise, 12x16, Oil