Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Nocturne

Dragon Inn
Oil on canvas  11 x 14

Derald was kind to 'escort' me for a nocturne painting in Overland Park last week.  Since the workshop I have found the nocturnes loads of fun.  It is definitely a new experience with a steep learning curve.  What you see and what you paint are not always the same when you get in the light.  Not to mention the affects of the artificial light you use and how that compounds the problems.  I really enjoyed this one.  I was fortunate to meet the owner while I was there.  He also gave us loads of information on his business and the history of his family moving to the USA.  Derald really enjoyed the visit as they chatted about Hong Kong.  A trip I didn't get to go with Derald.

At a second location the next evening I found out a little more history of the building.  The bottom floor was originally a market of some kind and the top floor was used by a church.  I believe the building has been around since the late 1800s.  I got this bit of info from an 89 year old man who was visiting with me when I was painting in the park at the Historical Society building.  He was chucked full of great information on OP.  I will post that nocturne tomorrow.

Then there are the friendly people who just left the local bar that want lessons, want your phone number, your card, and possibly my husband!  Always paint with a buddy at night for safety sake!

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