Night Painting - A Nocturnal Tale by Murray Wagnon

Tonight, I did something, as an artist, that I have never done before, and I learned an important lesson pursuant to that endeavor.


I painted a Nocturn. Nocturn is the term for a plein air painting done at night.


Kenn Backhaus, in a workshop I took from him on Catalina Island in 2005 did one for us to observe, but we didn't have time to actually try one, and I have always wanted to paint one, so tonight, as part of the "Paint San Juan Bautista" event, I finally tried it.

The important lesson I learned tonight (I'm certain there will be others), was the importance of easel placement in the dark. When setting up your easel in the dark, it is a good idea to scan the ground with a flashlight. If you see a large pile of Owl Guano, It is probably not the best place to set-up your Easel. Having learned such an important lesson on my first outing is, I think, extremely fortunate, and I am looking forward with great enthusiasm to the next lesson.

My painting from this session is shown above.

Murray Wagnon

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