I love what happens to the landscape at night, whether it is due to artificial or natural illumination. I love the drama and theatricality, but I haven’t painted it very much. I think it intimidates me. It also interrupts a certain comfy, domestic rhythm and risks making me cranky! So, more often than not, I admire the effects and utter the defeatist statement, “I should be painting this…”

Well, I’m glad I occasionally break the pattern.

MG painting at night, May 15th, 2020

I started the painting below on May 15th – the same day I painted the thunderstorm (see Storm). I lived with it for a few weeks and then decided to revisit it on June 7th – also painting a small composition of the same scene.

From the deck, Nighttime I, June 7th 2020


From the deck, Nighttime II, June 7th 2020
MG painting moonlight, August 1st, 2020, PHOTO – Mark Powell
Moonlight, Upton Lake I, August 1st, 2020
Moonlight, Upton Lake II, August 1st, 2020, Private Collection

The next image is almost too dark to read properly. Mark took it, as he did all the others of me working. It emphasizes the problems of trying to paint at night. He then fell asleep and it was my turn to capture him!

MG painting at night, June 7th, 2020, PHOTO – Mark Powell
Mark Sleeping by the Fire Pit, June 7th, 2020

1 Comment

  1. Love the photos you of you painting at night and the paintings themselves. Very rich to see both together.
    I hope we won’t be seeing snow nocturnes any time soon.

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