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Night Sketching at the Palace of Fine Arts

November 4, 2009

Our drive home from the city takes us past the Palace of Fine Arts – which we’ve drawn many times during the day.

I’ve always wanted to come back after dark and draw the spotlights on the sculpture.  I found a good view from the ‘far’ side (opposite the Exploratorium entrance) where the lighting makes a great light-on-dark-on-light counter changed silhouettes.

If you’re out here Friday nights you might meet a crazy group of skaters that descend on the place with a mobile sound system.  (Link: The Midnight Rollers).

Here’s a snapshot of my new night drawing setup. An LED bike light taped to an ultralight tripod, and a fisherman’s ‘ball cap light’ clipped to my hat brim…makes drawing in places without streetlight a lot easier. Added bonus – it makes raccoon eyes glow green. A little creepy at first.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2009 3:32 PM

    Marc Hanson turned me on to the Mighty Brite clip on light. It is color balanced and comes in a two-headed variety. You can easily clip it to a drawing board or easel. Now that sunset is at 5:30, I’m going to do some nocturnal plein air.

    • tarosan permalink
      November 10, 2009 3:43 PM

      color balanced would rock. That’s going on my Christmas List! It’s battery powered then? Going over to site to check out….

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