Moon Rise with Poplars, 2008-2009

oil on canvas 18 x 24 inches

 

This painting was originally inspired by the appearance of the moon on a hazy night on Memorial Day Weekend.  Local brush fires filled the sky with a thin layer of smoke which added color to the moonlight, and heightened the appearance of depth between the poplar trees and the distant hills.  I never felt the original painting was as atmospheric as it could have been.  The moon seemed to lie on top of the sky rather than shine though it.  In the second version I gave special attention to making the sky seem more atmospheric.

 

Moon Rising over Poplars, 2002

acrylic on canvas 18 x 24 inches

 

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