Carl Bretzke, "Behind the Massage Parlor," 2017, oil on linen, 22 x 28 inches

An increasing number of nocturnal paintings are being included in plein air competitions, in part because the artists enjoy the challenge of working in the dark and in part because the novelty attracts patrons to plein air festivals.  Observers who become buyers are attracted to the painted records of the mysterious and fascinating play of lights.  Here is how several plein air painters handled that challenge.

George Bodine, “December’s Breath,” 2017, oil on linen, 16 x 12 inches
James Kroner, “Past Midnight,” 2017, oil on panel, 13 x 13 inches
Mary Pettis, “St Croix Nocturne,” 2017, oil on linen, 24 x 36 inches
Lisa Eastman, “Blue Moon Fireflies,” 2017, oil on panel, 10 x 20 inches
Lori Putnam, “Night Watch,” 2016, oil on linen, 18 x 24 inches
Dan Young, “The Last Hurrah,” 2017, oil, 10 x 12 inches
Francesco Fontana, “Duluth at Night,” 2016, watercolor, 10 x 12 inches
Biki Chaplain, “Full Moon Rising,” 2017, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches


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