More Moon Madness

On March 19th we were treated to a super “perigee moon.”  The moon appeared bigger than it usually does. Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit. It is an ellipse with one side (perigee) closer to Earth than the other (apogee.)  My attempts to photograph the lunar landscape failed to show much more than a spot in the dark sky.  Looking back to better photos taken in February I decided to play around with printing and manipulating the images with colored pencil.  Happy with the resulting drawing, I then attempted to scan it and try to match the actual colors.  My scanner has an automatic setting and frequently captures a more saturated color version of the actual piece.  Three or four attempts later I basically gave up on that.  Recycling the resulting prints by cutting, gluing and applying matte medium gave birth to a collage. The subtle colors bleeding off the ink jet paper prints provided a nice contrast to the dark drawn textures.  Repeating the elements of the moons, trees and road lines gave me the structure I like.  Although exaggerated, I believe the transformation from the mediocre photo to  the drawing and collage better captured the feeling of our big pie in the sky.

About circuitousjourney

Retired Art Teacher
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