Nocturne Notes - Dan Mondloch
In a 2016 interview with The Artist's Road, Dan Mondloch wrote, "When painting plein air, a lot of times I like to bite off way more than I can chew in terms of a subject. That can get me in trouble and I will often fall flat on my face, but I like the intensity and exhilaration of trying! That element of risk is one of the things I love about plein air—stretching yourself to capture that emotional experience as well as the visual one!" Add the quickly changing light of dusk or a moonlit night into a plein air painting experience and that stretch is increased!
In our fascination with how the eye sees and then translates the world around us to our brains, we have found it particularly interesting to study how the eye sees at night. Search for the words "Nocturnes" and "Vision" in the search bar to read many interesting articles about the science of seeing at night and the art of painting at night, or, download our book, Nocturnes - A Primer on Night Painting.
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Filled with inspirational examples by the masters of nightime painting, this little book is sure to fire up your creative energies. Never tried painting at night? We show you how it's done with a step-by-step-oil demo and a tale of night painting in the wilds of Rocky Mountain National Park. The Primer on Night Painting - Nocturnes is a 7 x 7" PDF download with 40 pages of text and images. It includes a gallery of paintings by masters of the nocturne, information to inspire and encourage you in your plein air nocturne painting, an illustrated step-by-step demo and tips for working in pastel and oil. Also available in a softcover edition. Check out the tools and other products that we use in our own art and travels in The Artist's Road Store. We only offer things for sale that we enthusiastically believe in.