Wednesday, 12 July 2017

July's moon and Indigo



July's Full Moon   sketchbook page A6   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec
This month's full moon was a real treat! It was big, bright and beautiful. The last light of the setting sun combined with the inky cloud made for a lovely colour combination of palest aqua, indigo, cobalt and soft ochre and sienna. It was quite a display. Trying to sketch in the dark so that I could watch all the colours changing was quite a challenge and I really couldn't do it justice but it was fun to try anyway.

I have read that some Native American tribes call the full moon in July the Thunder Moon because of the hot and humid storms that can arrive at this time. In Europe it was sometimes called the Mead Moon, (a drink made from fermenting honey, yeast and water.) because it occurs at the same time as larger honey yields. I know parts of the country have had a good display of storms but whilst it has been hot here and we have had our share of rain to clear the air there has been no thunder or lightening so far - we do have many honey bees busy in the garden though.





After night sky watching I have been inspired to paint the velvety blues and a set of inky coloured watercolour shells have been the result. All six are available individually at Seaside Studios UK
 


Shell studies in blue and indigo   21x30cm approx each   ©2017Lisa Le Quelenec

3 comments:

RH Carpenter said...

Love the colors and the full moon painting - our full moon viewing was spectacular in July, too - that moon was so bright we were getting dark shadows all around from the light it shed. Sometimes nature is just wonderful and so uplifting. Glad you tried the full moon painting, even if it had you painting in the dark :)

Chris Lally said...

What a lovely post, Lisa! I bet you DID do the night sky justice - your sketch is that beautiful.
Thanks for the insight into the full moon, and so glad it provided you with inspiration to compete these stunning new watercolor shells!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Rhonda, so glad you could get to enjoy it too. Nights like that probably make all the work that you did on your decking most worth it. It really was a stunner.

Thank you Chris. I think this might be my inky blue period ;o) best wishes.