Those of us in one of the paint-out groups planned to try painting a night scene. It would be a new experience for me! There was a piece of equipment I needed...one of those headlamps to wear on my head. Got that. I was undecided about whether to try a watercolor using some liquid masking fluid to save the white lights, or a gouache piece where I could use white paint for the lights. I have a few brands of masking fluid but ran out of time to experiment with them enough before trying to use them at the site. So it would be a gouache piece.
We met in Monrovia on Myrtle Avenue before dark. There is a theater with a bright marque near the intersection where we were. I thought it would be a nice center of interest. It was good we were there before dark so I could get some paint roughed in. The street lights started coming on about 6 PM which was nice to see. It quickly started getting darker. And darker. Where some dusky sky was showing earlier, it became blackness. Roof lines disappeared. I definitely needed my new headlamp to be able to see the paints. It was a challenging paint-out and I would like to try a night scene again sometime.
|5" x 7" Gouache|
|After the lights came on|
|Before the lights came on|