"Full Moon over Grand Traverse Bay" -- plein air field study -- oil on birch panel 10x8" -- Margie
"Lights over Northport" -- plien air field study -- oil on birch panel 8x10" -- Margie Guyot
My plein air setup on Rex Beach
At the beginning of September we had a full moon. Since I'm an early-riser by nature, it was no trouble at all to drive down to Rex Beach and paint @ 5AM. I waited until that hour so the moon would be in a better position over the lake. OK, I admit it: I pre-mixed a dark and a medium tone in the studio, where I could see what I was doing. For the most part, I was able to paint solely by the light of the full moon. Once in a while I had to turn on the flashlight. The second painting happened about 5:45 AM, when things were starting to lighten up a little. The sun still hadn't risen and everything was a deep gray.