Lunacy III : Sunday 8 Feb.

Turner painting 1797

Turner painting 1797

Three times lucky.

Last time we did this was really good (for me at least because I got a great painting out of it). It was a very convivial event with drinks supplied by Ren. The evening was topped off when a small pod of dolphins went huffing on by just as we were leaving. We went to Fishmarket Reserve in Guildford that time which is very dark and without any street lighting. The following night I also went to Garvey Park; and I would like us to go there this time. There is more street lighting in most places, but there are some very sheltered spots with very fascinating shadows. Also the moon shines across the river here and because people are boating and swimming at this time there is a lot of disturbance on the water which makes the whole surface shine as well as providing silhouettes. The actual full moon is on Tuesday, so you can always come back again.

Location: The meeting point will be in the car park in Garvey Park, Redcliffe. Phone 0419912876 or 0410216074 if you’re lost. I’ve centred this map on the car park (there are several) that is just to the west of the building nearest the water.

Meeting time: 8:30pm Sunday 8 february in the Garvey Park car park

Suggested to bring along: MOSQUITO REPELLANT, light easel and materials. The drawing points are not very far from the car park this time.  A hat is a very good idea too in order to look directly into the direction of the moon. It helps reveal details that are otherwise lost. Think in terms of black paper with white crayons or white with charcoal. Yet another medium which might be very good is ink with a brush and/or pen. There is a need to fill in large areas of dark quickly on white paper. A small light is a good idea. Trying to light your work while drawing is generally a bad idea. I used a dark wash of watercolour on acrylic gesso, last time, that I could then remove using wet rags to reveal the white. That serves as the basis for an overpaintng in oil.

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