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Art of the Day: Thursday April 17, 2014

Night Dig

- by Carol Thompson

This week's theme: Night

There are some words that are intrinsic in our language. Words that identify something so tightly woven into our perception of our world that we don't question them because they are what they are. But they really aren't. Take for example the word "night". When we think of night, we think of the period of darkness between sunset and sunrise. But it's also a word that finds life in many places. So this week - from the many works of art in the EBSQ Galleries, Art of the Day brings you seven days of night.

Art: Night Dig by Artist Carol Thompson

During clamming season on the Pacific Coast of Washington, the low tides come at different times, sometimes daytime is for digging, sometimes there is a 'night dig'.

Artist comment:  Living on the Washington coast is a real treat;  day or night.  Most often the clam digging is during daylight hours.  However, there are times when the best tides are after dark, mainly in the winter when the sun goes down early.  My husband, Ed, and I had an opportunity recently to observe a night dig.  As the sun went down, the lanterns came.  I sketched and photographed and made notes for future paintings.  Later in my studio, I chose gouache as the best media for depth of color and ease of application.  On a full sheet of Arches 140# watercolor paper (22" X 30"), I transferred the image.  I mixed a big batch of deep blue and covered the sky area and beach.  Using a lighter value, I finished the rest of the sea.  I left the figures white paper to complete last.  The light from the lanterns is pure white with yellow edges.

This image is available as a limited edition giclee print on paper and canvas from an original painting by Carol Thompson. Edition length is 3600 authorized, signed, limited edition prints (3500 numbered and 100 artist proofs).  Please visit my website for prices and availability of the original painting.


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