Nocturne Notes - Maria Marino

Nocturne Notes

Maria Marino


Summer Evening on Spa Creek, Annapolis, 12 x 24", Plein Air Pastel, © Maria Marino
Summer Evening on Spa Creek, Annapolis 
12 x 24"   Plein Air Pastel     © Maria Marino  

   Maria Marino brings the vivid colors of her day-time landscapes into the night with her pastel nocturnes. See more of her work (both day and night) in our Voices of Experience article. We've asked some of our favorite artists to show us examples of their night time paintings and to tell us a little bit about their processes in this series of Nocturne Notes.
Marino shared with us these two examples of her exuberant, expressive pastel nocturne paintings. She told us that her goal is in "catching the mystery of that particular time of evening"

Evening Star, 12 x 9" Pastel, © Maria Marino
Evening Star     12 x 9"     Pastel     © Maria Marino

   "In the end, it is about getting the viewer to feel

rather than to understand, to explore rather than to examine,

and to love it rather than to pass it by."

                                                                                         Maria Marino

   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.

   To see more of Maria Marino's work, go to: Maria Marino Fine Art.




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A Primer on Night Painting - Nocturnes

Nocturnes - A Primer on Night Painting

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.

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