The Purely Watercolour FB group are currently running a “Moonlight” challenge and I have just uploaded this paintingfor my entry.

It is called “Brazilian Moonlight” from a reference photo that I found and it caught my eye as they sometimes do .

It is painted on 1/8th imperial Fabriano Artistico 140lb cold press paper. I found that this paper worked quite well although it does tend to expand quite a bit when very wet even after going to the trouble of stretching before I started using my own paper stretching technique.

Brazilian Moonlight

Painted on 1/8th imperial Fabriano Artistico 140lb cold press paper.

I found the subject of moonlight very challenging to do basically because it is white light from the moon and very intensive blues and dark blues depending on the sky and scenery etc.

I have learnt a lot from the experience though and I now know which moonlight scenes do not really work with watercolour as the painting medium. I think that anyone that likes a challenge should try a moonlight scene themselves just to see the different tasks that it throws at you.

 

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