There is a hauntingly beautiful song from the 1980’s by The Alan Parsons Project. Maybe you remember it, or maybe it’s new to you. Either way, sit back, listen, and think about who you are, where you are, and all that’s going on around you.
The little 3 x 5 oil painting I’m sharing today is also titled “Eye in the Sky”. It’s based on a nocturne by Charles Warren Eaton, one of the three tonalist artists whose works I’m using as inspiration for my December “index card” project.
I’ve always loved nocturnes — paintings that often feature moonlight. I think it’s partly because of the color palette. Lots of blues, silvery greens, dark, muted colors. Nocturnes usually have a cool feeling about them. I love the night, so of course I love beautiful paintings that depict night scenes.
I was pleased with this painting. This was probably the first time I’ve created a nocturne with a very visible moon. I surrounded my moon with clouds and light, and I was able to bring a bit of the moon’s silvery light onto the rocky ground. Unfortunately the colors in the photograph aren’t quite true to the actual painting, but I think you can get a general idea of what this little landscape looks like.
Just as The Alan Parsons Project song tends to make listeners reflective, I hope that in some way my small little artwork might have a similar effect on viewers. The moon really can be described as an “eye in the sky” always watching over us.