7.22.2011

Moonlight on Richardson Bay

  
When the full moon shines over Richardson Bay in Sausalito it creates wonderful reflections on the water. I've always wanted to capture this in a watercolor but wasn't too confident I could pull it off successfully until I found a demonstration recently in a book published in 1973 called The Watercolor Painting Book. It had a section on how to paint moonlight. I used the technique described to capture the view I have from my deck at night. I used the colors suggested in the book which were hooker's green, French ultramarine and burnt sienna. Size is 14" x 10".

9 comments:

  1. Fabulous job!! You captured the moonlight perfectly.

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  2. You've really captured the eery yet beautiful light of a moonlit seascape here, Jean. What a fantastic view you have from your deck. Excellent piece!

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  3. Moonlit sea is my weakness and has been on my agenda for a longtime now and you have inspired me to take out my paints today! Another lovely depiction from you Jean!

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  4. Beautiful painting Jean, love the light on the water and those colours are indeed the colours of the night!

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  5. the sky and sea are brilliant jean ... you must life in a beautiful spot .

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  6. Beautifully done, Jeanne, and thanks for sharing your color combination.

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  7. Carrie: Thank you. I seem to have been successful with this one since it just sold on my web site.

    Michael: Thanks for the nice comment. Yes, we are very lucky with the view we have.

    Padmaja: Glad I was able to inspire you to paint. Give the moonlight a try.

    Caroline: Thanks. It was interesting that in class most people loved it but one person did not think the colors were right. I appreciate your opinion. You capture such lovely atmospheric pieces.

    Jane: Thanks so much. We feel very lucky to live overlooking San Francisco and Richardson bay.

    Mary: I think it is a good idea to share techniques so we can all learn from them and I feel it makes blogging more interesting.

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  8. Lovely scene and you've done a wonderful job on those reflections. ;-)

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  9. Wow, you captured the lighting so very well. I don't know how I would have attempted this - you nailed it - it's beautiful!

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