“Moonrise” oil on canvas board 5×7

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There’s a lot to learn about painting outdoors.  Some of the most exciting things to learn about landscape painting is doing things that you have never attempted before.  In this case, I painted my first moon painting.  It happened one recent night where I saw the moon rising from the shrubs and trees.  I was in the west side of Albuquerque, NM and was very inspired to capture this in paint.  Sure I was a bit nervous, but you have to move beyond that and just do the best you can.  And the results were pretty good for a first time, in my opinion.  When it’s dark, you have to trust your intuition a lot and just use your senses to guide you in completing the painting.  Sometimes, the light and darkness is not always ideal, so you have to rely on your other senses to complete the painting.  I believe in this method, because as humans, we have strayed away from nature for too long, and it seems just recently that we’re slowly rediscovering our ancient roots of connecting with nature.  That’s one of the main reasons I enjoy painting outdoors, to reconnect with my ancient roots.  And hopefully the joy of painting shows through this too.

“Sandia Park View” Oil on canvas board 6×8

This painting was also completed the same night as “Moonrise”, right before dusk.  I was also on the west side of Albuquerque, NM, looking towards the Sandia Mountains and the green valley below.  The sunset caused the mountains to turn a pinkish, peachy color, which is how they got their name.  Sandia means “watermelon” in Spanish.  Hence the Sandia Mountains.  I enjoyed painting on the canvas board, and the 6×8 size is a very comfortable size to paint on.