Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Process of Painting The Night Walks Down With the Moon

Today I thought I would share with you the process of painting The Night Walks Down With the Moon.
It starts out from a quote I found and wrote down in my idea notebook.

The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hands.
                                                                                           Frederick Knowles
My brain starts making that clicking sound.

I paint the 20x20 canvas red. I like to start with bright colors. Since this horse painting will be predominately purple the red will give it a nice little glow.

I do several small sketches then go at the canvas with charcoal.

I mix a nice dark purple start painting the horse. The red underpainting makes it look even darker.

I want to make the milky way cross the night sky.
I lighten the purple for the galaxy and paint the moon.
The stars start to appear and The Night Walks Down With The Moon starts to look like its illuminated.
Hopefully it will be finished tomorrow.


  1. It's so nice to see the progression of a painting...I try to do the same on my blog sometimes. It's amazing how things change from the starting point to the end!

  2. Risa, I never know what folks will be interested in hearing about. Although I have a good idea of what I'm going for in paintings, they pass through some weird phases.