I have another custom watercolor to share with you this month! This commission came in after a couple traveled to California and fell in love with Joshua Tree National Park. This painting is based on nighttime photographs I saw online of the park. Joshua Tree is the 10th certified International Dark Sky Park in the U.S. National Park system.
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The most wonderful bride-to-be contacted me through my Etsy site last summer and asked if I could design some custom pieces for her summer 2016 wedding in Ithaca, New York. Over the course of a year we worked together to create multiple items to help bring her wedding day together. See photos from the wedding here!
Sometimes I get custom watercolor requests (which I love) and recently an old friend asked me to create a custom painting based on a John Donne poem, "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning." After reading the poem I was inspired to paint a night sky and the goal was a dark and beautiful sky (think evening a storm is rolling in) overlaid with the image you get when you take a long shutter-speed photo of the stars. I've published a post dedicated to the creative process behind the painting but, for now, I'll just share a few tips about how to paint the sky I created for this painting.