The Pastel Journal

Art After Dark

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

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

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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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