365 Days of Art: Day 28 – Watercolor Moonlit Sea

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year. Tonight, I’m trying something on my own instead of following instructions from a book!

In yesterday’s post, I did a watercolor sunset and I mentioned that I felt like it might be time to start taking what I learn from the books I’m doing and create some of my own work. Tonight’s picture is going to be pretty cliche; it’s something you may have done if you’ve ever gone to a paint with wine class. I’m going to do something similar to what I did yesterday, but with the moonlight. I’m an author. Moonlight and night are my thing.

I’m doing a similar setup, but using a whole palm tree (and totally hoping that works out). I did a thumbnail drawing to determine the layout using the rule of thirds. I’ve chosen my colors: Indigo, Winsor Blue (green shade), and Paynes Gray. I’m waiting for the masking fluid on the moon’s reflection to dry. I’m a little nervous because I’m not quite sure how a wet on wet variegated wash of indigo and blue will turn out. Oh yeah, I need some gauche for stars but later. Oh and I need a coin for the moon.

Okay, here we go.

Wait, I forgot my reading glasses.

Aaannnnd… My husband took my quarter and gave it to my daughter, so I am improvising with a tea light. Except now I need to add more masking fluid so the moon’s reflection is the right size.

Okay, here we go again…

Aaannnd… I forgot to lift the dang moon before it dried!!! Switching from herbal mint tea to tequila.

Okay, so I traced the tea light and used a paint brush to lift the blue out of the moon. Now my moon is mostly white with a nice dark pencil mark all around it. And my hand slipped so there is a stick sticking out of the moon. (I should make it into an American flag…) Also, note to all: Indigo does not ever belong in a moonlit night picture…

Finished, and I still have tequila left. Making my moon bigger started a chain reaction that caused me to move the positioning of the palm tree, so no rule of thirds anymore. I also decided not to add stars because it’s after 10:00pm, and my elliptical needs me at 5:30 tomorrow morning. The masking fluid is on its last legs, so it dried horribly. Worse, because I didn’t lift the moon in time, the pure white of the reflection ended up being too bright. I muted it by running a damp brush across it to blend some of the blue into it. Now it matches the moon.

Here it is. Not to bad for my first painting all my own. I love silhouettes and I want to make more. Next time, I’m going to lose the indigo and stick to Winsor Blue. I will also make sure I have a dang quarter. I will remember to lift the moon before it dries. And I will buy new masking fluid.

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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