Full Moon Nocturne

I painted this little nocturne from my screened porch during a recent full moon.

Plein air nocturne painting by Jennifer E. Young“Four Square on a Full Moon”
Oil on Panel, 10×8″
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This is my neighbor’s house. I see this house every morning when I pour my coffee, and every evening in the milder seasons when I sit out on the porch after putting my daughter to bed.   There’s nothing particularly fancy about this house. It’s one of many classic American four squares we have in the neighborhood. But I like it’s austerity. You can’t really tell in this painting but it’s white stucco. I love the light that shines on it in the morning, too. The soft glow of the morning sun gives it a kind of weathered luster.

I wasn’t sure if I would post this piece, as the composition is so dead on and simple. I actually imagined I would zoom out a bit more on this composition, but just having a small shop light on my work space,  I had to work very close in to see what the heck I was doing. That’s the way with nocturnes; you never truly know what you’re going to get until you bring it into the light of day! Nevertheless, it’s grown on me, so I decided to share it here.

p.s. Almost finished with the large painting of the Hatteras Dunes. Progress shots and (hopefully) the final to come soon.

2 Responses to Full Moon Nocturne

  1. Hi Jennifer This is a pleasant departure from your usual sun-kissed paintings. but I like this too. It’s simple but captures the mood.

  2. Thank you Sandhya, I’m glad you like it. Yes, very different indeed. A bit more moody and very low key …much more reliant on values rather than color. At least I didn’t have to worry about getting sunburn!

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