Another painting from the winter park/polasek museum paint out. Night painting is nothing new but as in the previous post I was looking for something a little different so I thought “Hey what about a night scene?”. Not having a portable light system I was limited to what was available, and what one looks for in available is a light source that is as close to neutral or daylight-cool as possible as well as a view to paint. Orange colored street lights absolutely kill the color, neutralizes the cools and the warms both so you really have no idea what you are getting. I found this scene and several like it on Park Avenue so I set up after the sun had gone to bed. The nice thing about painting at night is that the lights generally don’t change too much unless someone turns one off. The down side is you are exposed to drunk people and various nefarious types, so use your head when picking a location. This was a 12×16 that took two visits just because I needed to go to bed… but I liked the way it turned out. In a related topic I spoke witha friend about how to set up a good portable light that illuminates both canvas and palette and have now, in theory solved the riddle. All I need is a car battery, an inverter with an outlet and a stand up lamp. Probaly could use a 60 watt daylight balanced coil light that doesn’t draw much juice. I’ll let you know how that goes.