October 03, 2006

Inspiration in the Dark

81 degrees here in Michigan today! This evening was perfect. After my drawing class concluded, I took my things out to my car and was captured by the light of the moon. I grabbed my sketchbook, watercolors and my waterbrush and found a spot to stand and paint the amazing sight. You probably think this sounds corny...but I was really inspired by the moon and the way the clouds swirled around it like steam rising from a hot drink. I have never tried to paint the moon, so I thought that was reason enough to try it out tonight. I primarily used some version of blue...not sure what it is anymore, it's been a while since I first received my travel watercolors...and some payne's gray I am guessing. As I was painting, a guy named Jim (at least I think that was his name) approached me and said, "I see it inspired you too." He had apparantly been observing the moon for the past several minutes, since he couldn't hear the watercolor artist who was demonstrating at the Jackson Civic Artists Association meeting. He said he watched the moon a while and then he started to picture it over a field and began planning a future painting that he wants to attempt this week. He paints in oils. He wanted to know what I do, I said I am a teacher, and a mom and I mostly just draw in my journal because I do not have the time to execute larger works of art, but that answer didn't really seem to satisfy him. He offered some encouraging words and then I showed him some of my journal and he mentioned that he needs to get back to drawing and sketching, like he used to. Anyway, it was a very relaxing five or so minutes, and as I was painting (before Jim started talking to me) I loved every minute of it and all I wanted to do was paint the moon for the rest of the night. But, I had to get home to crying children who were having issues with suckers and chicken. I tucked them into bed without a story tonight because I taught my third graders today and just about lost my voice. I came downstairs, poured a drink and scanned my drawing no sooner than I heard a loud clap of thunder that woke my almost sleeping children...who were now screaming at the top of their lungs. It's been a long day for me. I have a cold/sinus thing going on and it's wearing me out, so I am going to bed as soon as I publish this and change over the laundry and clean up the kitchen and pick up the toys and...anyway, I hope you had the chance to enjoy the beautiful moon tonight, too.


Blogger Terri said...

I think your moon painting is lovely Julie. :o) Very evocative. Well done.

11:56 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

a very dynamic sketch - I have doen a lot of night drawing since I started a year-long daily walk and sketch challenge 5 months ago - often, the day has gone and I still haven't done a sketch so off I go into the night - looking for a light source and an idea. Scan through the archives of my fivekradius blog and you will see night skies, lit windows, silhouettes...

2:41 AM  
Anonymous Renate said...

Beautiful, very dramatic!

2:59 AM  
Blogger jill said...

love your moon. going out and gazing at the moon is one of my favorite activities. fortunately for me, i can sneak a peak at the moon while i'm at my night job, too.

love the painting -- makes me want to try it myself (but probably with colored pencils!)

7:20 AM  
Blogger inki said...

The emotion comes through, Julie, I could see how you felt while painting it.

7:26 AM  
Blogger SCquiltaddict said...

lovely...thought about the same thing last nite...but it was time for bed....isnt the moon gorgeous???

7:43 AM  
Blogger Kay Cox said...

I love the moon painting and it inspires me to give it a try. I live a couple of blocks from a lake and sometimes that big harvest moon hovers over it and is just magnificent. I've never painted in the dark.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Chuck said...

Beautiful, Julie! As greatly as I am impressed with your paintings, I am equally impressed with you ability to express youself in words. It is always a blessing in the middle of a long day to click on your blog and find a new and inspiring entry.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Your moon painting reminds me of Van Gogh's starry night! :)


2:21 PM  

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