Thursday, January 28, 2010
"January Moonlight" - oil on linen - 9x12 © Marc R. Hanson '10
I had to go paint the nearly full moonlight tonight. It's cold, -4ºF, but with 6 or 7 layers of polypropelene, fleece and arctic boots rated to -120ºF... I was actually real toasty roasty warm. There wasn't a breath of wind and that made the difference. Of course I forgot one of the most important items, the mast to the EasyL that holds the panel. I nearly panicked, I did not want to have to go home to get it. Finally figured out a solution, using up my 'warm' reserves, then got to work. The light was not as cool as it is sometimes. But as I was coming home, and right now at 9:00 pm, the moon is really lighting things up and the light on the snow is much more blue in color. Can't do this again tomorrow night, but maybe again on Saturday, the full moon night. I spent about 2 hours outside between getting set up, painting and taking down. The biggest problem in the cold is 'moving' due to all of the clothing, glove liners and gloves and or mittens. That... is frustrating when it's biting your butt.
Here's the only pic that I could take. The batteries didn't make it and the spares were being used for the book light. I went through two sets of those during the hour and a half painting time. Tried to use the flash and that was all she wrote...