Nocturnes from the Studio
Both studio and plein air nocturne paintings are challenging and fun. In the studio, they provide the opportunity to transpose a daytime study or photo into a darker key, and then play with color harmony or color theory relationships. I especially like painting water at night and winter landscape nocturnes because of the large shapes provided by field, sky, snow, mountains and creeks, lakes or the sea.
Plein Air Nocturnes
These paintings are done on location with the help of a headlamp, book lights, and sometimes, a street lamp. In Colorado, that usually means warm clothes, too. One great thing about plein air nocturnes is that the light doesn’t seem to change all that much—unless the retailers turn off their lights.