Before Sunset

When putting together a composition I usually head to a familiar location near my home as the sun is going down. I use a book light clipped to the top of my easel to light my painting surface, and I arrange my supplies so I can quickly and easily find what I need in dim light; it’s easy to lose or leave your supplies on-site in the dark, so the more organized you are the better. If I’m a little early for a true “nocturne,” it’s a good opportunity for some great subject matter. For instance, if I know where the moon would rise, I could scrub in the large tree shapes before adding the moon. —Marc Hanson

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