Is moonlight blue?

Moonlight is simply the white light of the sun reflecting off the gray surface of the moon. There’s nothing in that interaction to give the light a bluish or greenish quality. In fact, scientific instruments have shown that the light from the moon is very slightly redder in color than direct sunlight.

James Gurney

This article is fascinating and incredibly helpful. It answers the question of why artists tend to paint moonlight as bluish or greenish. Another one to add to my nocturne resources.

Pot plants

Pencil on paper

One’s a strawberry. Dunno what the other one is. 😆 I need Google Lens so I can start identifying plants, but it’s not available for my phone yet. Or maybe an alternative, if someone can suggest one, because I’m not that fond of Google.

I struggled with the background (and contrast) on this one. I think I should have left the top half white.

Broken Land I, by Brenda Hartill

This is hidden away in the bathroom at Berkley Cinemas in Mission Bay, where I went last night. I often admire it.

Unfortunately the photo (and the condition of the print) is pretty bad. I had to stand quite far back to avoid the reflection of the bathroom lights off the glass, which stripped the image of some of its colour. There’s actually a red vein just to the right of the fissure in the middle.

Fortunately, I managed to find a good image of the original on Brenda’s website. Wow. The image above is missing so much.

Looking at some of her other work, too, it’s stunning. I really love it.

Mission Bay sketches

After watching a bad movie (admittedly, with a few funny and moving moments) at the Berkley, I sat on the concrete wall at Mission Bay Beach and sketched these at about 7.30/8.00 last night. Always a lovely sunset there on a clear summer evening.

The moon was white, more like the second sketch, but I kinda like the first one too, so I’ve included it.

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