Friday, December 28, 2012

Long - Night Moon... the beginning

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This morning was my maiden voyage on my new 'PaintCycle' - A hearty thank you to my in-laws for gift money to purchase a cruiser bicycle with a basket perfect for hauling art supplies :)

A tad chilly,  make that a cold 33 degrees at 6:45 a.m., but I had to capture the Long-Night Moon that reached its peak of fullness at 5:22 a.m. EST.

I rode to the 7th green where the moon was about to dip behind far the trees.  My light was positioned between the brake cords and the basket, but this setup will have to be tweaked as the light kept slipping and preventing me from painting.  The whole expedition took about 20 minutes and I managed to capture the initial scene minus the houses across the water that line the 6th fairway.  I so love not being a camera! The moon disappeared below the tree line. Ho hum, it's tough when you have to go to work when all you really want to do is stay home and paint :)

Ooooooh, I'm so going to love traversing the trails on my PaintCycle and sketching!!!

Stay tuned for the final journal page!

Friday, December 21, 2012

2013 Lowcountry MoonScapes Calendar

It wouldn't be Christmas if I wasn't last minute with creating special things.  I thought for sure I wouldn't get a calendar produced for 2013 but somehow I've pulled it off.  I need your help though, as I using a different provider and it's not a print-on-demand service.

So..... if  you would like to own an original, limited edition, ordered just for you.... Lowcountry MoonScapes 2013 calendar, please hit the 'Buy Now' button to the right through Tuesday, December 25th!

The calendar is 8.5 x 11 wall calendar with a spiral binding and opens to 17 x 11.  The images below are taken from the design page on my computer and show the layout as side by side but in reality, the calendar page sits below the moon painting. 

I received my sample calendar in the mail yesterday and am very, very pleased with the colors and the stock it's printed on.  I've added full and new moon dates based on information from NASA, and they are calculated at Eastern Standard Time. The full moon dates remain the same across the United States but  new moon dates in Pacific Standard Time during February and July are one day earlier!  Who knew???

The cost for each calendar is $26 and includes shipping via priority mail within the United States.  Holidays are also geared to the United States.

I have to place the order by December 23rd so you should receive your calendar within the first two weeks of January.

This is the first time I've used a 'buy now' button from PayPal and I'm not quite sure how it all works.  Please send me an email letting me know you've order (pjbartstudio-at-me-dot-com) and included your snail mail address and any special instructions.

Thank you so for traveling down a new road with me :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

The 12.12.12 Commerative... Cotton!

I have a childhood memory of a family friend's treasure box that was filled with interesting organic items she'd found during her travels.  I remember exotic shells, all types of stones and a sprig of cotton.

A week ago, I had my first one-on-one experience with a field of cotton. What a delight to the eye!  I had no idea the plant had such lovely architecture. 

I picked several cotton sprigs but what really thrilled my eyes were the pale yellow flowers blooming out of a three-sided leaf-like structure with long thin fingers.  I brought my treasures home and put the flowering branches in water.  After a few days, the pale yellow flowers slowly started to turn the same crimson color of what I now know is called a 'square'.  I found a great website that explains the life cycle and gives the names of the various parts of the cotton plant. A 'boll' forms from the flower and it takes 24 days to reach full size. An additional 24-40 days is needed for the fiber to fill with cellulose and the boll to open.

I'm tickled that the cotton plant came into my life at this time.  It has such a rich history, especially here in the Lowcountry. A special plant for a special day!

In remembrance....
Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachel Davino, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Dawn Hochsprung, Madeleine Hsu, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, Jame Mattioli, Grace McDonnnel, Anne Marie Murphy, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Benjamin Wheeler, Allison Wyatt. 12.14.2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Water Study

The Stillman & Birn journal I've dedicated to water studies finally has another entry.

Saturday, I conducted a workshop entitled "Working Small".  The morning was spent in the classroom honing quick sketching skills, learning to how to capture a scene in 4 values and last but not least, putting skills learned into practice by sketching en plein air.

During the en plein air stage of the workshop we were at a small park along the Beaufort River.  Most of my time was spent conducting one-on-one tutoring with the workshop participants but, I just couldn't resist capturing the lighting and the colors on the river.  This may sound odd but it was a bright mostly cloudy day.  The afternoon sun was trying hard to break through the cloud cover but never did truly succeed.  Oh..... the colors on the river were stunning.  This page reflects a very small portion of the view.  So much can be learned from working small :)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Full Frost Moon

Now for the rest of the story...

On my iPhone, I have a couple of neat Apps: 1) for viewing the sky, sun, moon, stars and even satellites - whether during the day or night. It's called..... Night Sky, and 2) MoonPhase.... which provides information like rise and set times, a calendar showing the different phases, moon names, an ephemeris data file that calculates the position of the moon at regular intervals throughout the month and it will even howl on the day of the full moon. Basically, I've everything I need to be prepared for and be in position to paint the rising of the moon :)
I arrived a bit early and was able to lay the groundwork of the scene.  According to the Night Sky App, the moon would rise over the lower back ground trees between the dark foreground trees the where the far trees gained height.

Well, I waited and waited.... the moon should have already risen above the lower trees.  Were there really horizon clouds?  It sure looked like they had broken up to my eye.  Where was the moon? I decided to get out of my chair and take a look around.

There it is! Wait a minute... it's over more to the left!  Ahhh!  I have to totally shift my angle of view and now there will be no reflection of the moon in the water :(    Oooooo, Jupiter is hanging with the moon tonight. Sweet!

I'm disappointed with with the Night Sky App.  It pulled a fooly on me.  All the times I've used it I don't remember it being that far off on location of the moon.  Oh well, I was able to get two basic plein air sketches in my journal.  My over-the-neck nightlight had plenty of candlepower to paint by, but the cold damp air was making it difficult for my hands to work and even with the use of my little fan, the paper wasn't drying fast enough.  I finished both sketches over the weekend.  All is well in my moon painting kingdom :)

The next big sketching day is just around the corner.... 12.12.12! The last of these special, same number day/month/year dates for this century.  What will you sketch to commemorate this day?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Waiting for the Moon

Last Wednesday the full moon was rising at the perfect time.  I could paint it from a spot I've been eyeing that's on the way home from where I work.

Stay tuned for the rest of the story :)