Sunday, January 27, 2013
I sketched the 6:45 pm and 10:30 pm views plein air, but in a different sketch book, then added them later to this journal page. The painting was done inside after running out, taking a peek, and then creating the sketch from memory.
One thing I'm very careful to do is make sure I have the slant of the gibbous moon correct. I imagine a clock face to judge the angle. In this case, at 6:45 pm it was 11 and 5 o'clock, at 8 pm - 11:30 and 5:30. It was a big surprise that the moon had turned so much by 10:30. This was also when Jupiter was at its closest point to the moon.
If you had a clear sky for viewing, did you have a ring around the moon, too?