Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Excerpt
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
A Primer on Night Painting
Midnight, Bear Lake Pastel John Hulsey
"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day".
-Vincent Van Gogh
Strong moonlight adds an essential element to the night landscape - shadows. Without shadows, there is little depth or dimension. And the night landscape is an intriguing and wonderful subject, so painting under a cloudless sky with a full moon is a peak experience.
These pictures show my Dakota Pastels easel and portable pastel box set up in the snow, along with my night painting hat and a pastel in progress. Before I go outside at night, I pre-select a range of colors and values that I think I will use, and put them in a separate spot in my pastel box, so that I don’t waste precious moonlight trying to pick them out of the entire set. If I am going to have a 5-value range to work from, then I will select 3 colors in each range -15 sticks in all. The art is in how to use those 15, not the quantity of colors available.
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