I have heard of this sliver of moon setting called a “Cheshire cat moon” derived from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This moon is setting over Route 5 near Brattleboro, Vermont with the river mist rising from the Connecticut River and tinting the atmosphere.
In this painting I am experimenting with low light levels at late twilight. The fading color at twilight is a function of our eyes not seeing the light rays reflecting off of the objects. The color is there, we just can’t see it. I am exaggerating the hue saturation to create a dream-like quality. The moon provides a cool light, hence the slightly cooler palette than I normally use. This series of works are heavily textured with layers of paint and tool marks evident on the surface. Hung in a low light situation they glow with luminosity.
#2131102, Moonset 5
16″x 20″, oil on canvas
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