Last night as I watched the moonlight play across our garden, I couldn’t help but think of the hot, steamy summer nights of my childhood. The chorus of buzzing insects and the flickering of lightening bugs in the woods took me right back to that time. Perhaps that is why I have always been fascinated by paintings of the night, and often included them in my own work.
The nocturne has a storied place in art history. You can read about the history of nocturne paintings in Europe and the United States here. But it is those memories of summer nights that find me at the window on these hot July nights. Here are a few paintings from a series called Summer Nights that I painted a few years ago.
P.S. If you would like to learn how to paint the mystery of the night, check out our On Demand class Painting the Night!