The Pastel Journal

Art After Dark

“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

As the seasons change, we tend to dread the transition to shorter daylight hours and longer periods of darkness, but there’s a magical quality to a city street after dark, a breathtaking beauty in a nighttime sky and a quiet tranquility to an interior room in low-light. The 12 artists featured on the following pages remind us that these later-in-the-day hours offer unique opportunities for capturing subjects and moods that are especially bewitching.

Kathleen Newman


was inspired by a late evening sail at the time of a pink full moon. The evening air was heavy and humid, and the foggy sky seemed to glow from within. When the clouds finally broke, the moonlight sent a brilliant sparkling reflection onto the water. I enjoyed the opportunity to use a variety of dark greens and blues to create the moody atmosphere of the night and to set up complements with pink and orange sparkles on the water. I started with an underpainting on

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