Plein air nocturne painting from the pier at Becher's Bay on Santa Rosa island off the coast of southern California

Painted on location from a pier on one of California’s offshore islands during a full moon back in April. We’d bodysurfed that right in shorepound on this very beach earlier in the afternoon. Super fun. I can’t imagine too many paintings have ever been painted at night on this pier though. Pretty cool eh? The moon changes everything. I’ve been drawn to some nocturnal paintings from a few of my favorite artists over the last few years and since getting out for a few myself I’ve discovered two things.

1. It’s a pain- it’s dark, colors are hard to see on the palette (and painting), a headlamp helps, but can be too bright, lots of straining to see, it gets a lot colder standing around at night.

2. It’s super fun.

Artwork Information:

Artwork Title: "Moonshine"
Original Size: 16" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2019

Additional Artwork Information:

Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 03/19/2019
Region: The Channel Islands > The California Coast > Santa Barbara > Southern California
Road Trip: March 2019

Artwork Logistics:

Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Hiking Terrain: Full-On Bushwhacking
Vehicular Logistics: Extra Vehicular Assistance Needed
Extra-Vehicular Requirements: Boat Required for Access
Geological Hazards: Painted in the Dark
Anthropological Hazards: Roaming Scientists
Temperature: Uncomfortably Cool

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