New Painting: Permanent City Nocturne

Permanent City Nocturne, Oil on Panel, 9 x 12 inches, 2018

Those of you who keep up with the blog will remember the Permanent City, the largest project of 2017. The drawing for the Permanent City (I've reposted it, below) has been used to create eight separate paintings, mostly small pictures in preparation for the large version but a few concurrent ones too. From its inception I considered doing both a day and night version of the image and that finally manifested itself in this painting with the tower illuminated by moonlight. The term nocturne is used in painting to refer to any nightscape. Its original use comes from classical music but J. A. M. Whistler started using it to refer to paintings in the early 1800's, and it stuck.

In the creation of this work I developed a better and vastly more efficient method for painting the windows. The window edges are actually sharper in the nocturne than in The Permanent City. This will no doubt come in handy in the future as another city painting is inevitable.

Preparatory Drawing for The Permanent City, Pencil on Paper, 24 x 36 in., 2017

Here is a studio view of the nocturne alongside one of the first Permanent City studies, a 5 x 5 inch oil painting.

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