Lake Chicot Nocturne
6X8, Oil on Panel
This was my first painting of the second day of my southeast Arkansas trip and my first ever plein air nocturne. One of the great things about "camping" in a van is that it really eliminates a lot of setup and takedown effort so one can get into the campsite later and get out earlier. I made it to Lake Chicot State Park a little after 6PM the night before and tried to get in a sunset painting but did not have near enough time to get the composition set up before the sky colored up and the sun vanished behind the far shore line. So resolved to myself to paint the following morning before sunrise. I set my alarm for 5AM but was already awake when it went off. So, in the low 40's of the predawn, I went down to the boat launch and got set up and was painting by 6AM with a lonely owl in the woods behind me to keep me company.