NOTE: The scanned image was not accurate so I photographed it and replaced it.
Sometimes the moon follows the sun over the edge, especially as it did this summer evening after storms cleared. The lower sky was layered with clouds in all colors, wispy, puffy blended as if I’d put my finger up there and moved the pigments around. the half moon had risen earlier in the day and was just behind the sun, setting only about an hour later, but brilliant way up in the sky, above most clouds, in that deeper blue canopy.
I used various soft and hard pastels on a self-prepared board; on this board I used Colourfix Fine Blue Pastel Ground. I did sand it between coats and afterward, but I still ended up with pock marks in the surface which you can see right above where the clouds stop, but no matter. The one detail that’s a little more important is that my scanner isn’t quite capturing my paintings as usual, and this is actually missing a lot of coral shades, and also lots of little blending and layering among the clouds. I will see how a photo works tomorrow in daylight.
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