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#1 frank5817



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Posted 29 January 2009 - 12:48 AM

As January comes to a close, I must say I am happy to see it going away. We have been having a cold and snowy winter so far with very few clear nights. However tonight I saw the sunset with Venus appearing about the same time and a beautiful two and one half day old crescent moon about 7% illuminated. As twilight deepened the earthshine presented itself quite well. Temperatures here near Chicago remain well below freezing so I made this observation out my kitchen bay window without the benefit of optical aid. By the time I gathered my sketching material the moon was already beginning to sink behind a few basswood trees along my line of sight. The moon was impressive and the comfort of indoor warmth made for ideal sketching climate.


Naked eye sketch out a large window
For this sketch I used: dark blue construction paper, 11”x 9”, white and black Conte’pastel pencils and a blending stump, for templating the moon as a circle I used a salt shaker bottom.. Brightness was slightly decreased after scanning.

Date: 1-28-2009 11:10-11:40 UT
clear skies
Lunation: 2.64 days
Illumination: 7 %

Frank McCabe :)

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#2 markseibold


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Posted 29 January 2009 - 06:00 AM


Beautiful and natural rendering! :bow: :bow: :bow: It reminds me of the feel of seing the moon through my former homes large overhead skylights with bare winter tree limbs overhead. A scene that I miss terribly now.

I finaly got the clearing tonight to sketfh a similar scene.

Thanks for sharing this,


#3 JayinUT


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Posted 29 January 2009 - 11:19 AM

Frank I enjoy looking at your sketch and how it captures the feeling of winter for me. It truly looks cold and yet in some way, inviting.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 07:37 PM

great naked eye sketch,i like the way you have the trees in there to give it some prospective, tonight venus and the crescent moon make a wonderful sight in between clouds.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 08:42 PM

Mark, Jay and Tommy5,

Thanks guys, it is very pleasant to sketch at indoor temperatures. :thanx: Like Tommy5 said the view tonight is even better than last night. I caught a glimpse of the Venus Moon duo as I walked between buildings at work.

Frank :)

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 12:52 PM


A beautiful observation of the Waxing Crescent Moon among the limbs of a Winter tree. Your rendering provides the feeling of the season. Thank you for sharing it with us all.


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Posted 30 January 2009 - 01:17 PM

Very nice Frank! Simple but effective. I love the color. The blue paper was the perfect choice. I'd never thought about 'observing' from inside the house - feet up to the fireplace, looking out the window :)

Sure beats down jackets and thermal socks.........

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 09:12 PM

Carlos and Mikiek,

Thank you both for the nice words.
I put a new bay window in my kitchen last spring to keep an eye on the whitetail deer, coyotes, red fox and so on. I never expected it to be useful for a lunar sketch. Yes the warmth was a nice change too.

Frank :)

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 01:52 PM


Nice sketch :cool: I look foward for your next.



#10 frank5817



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Posted 31 January 2009 - 06:27 PM


Thank you. :thanx: It was a pleasant change for me.

Frank :)

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 01:57 PM

Amazing, amazing!

Frank, I could not have related this sketch to your name if you hadn't posted it yourself.

A very fine naked eye sketch, Frank! :bow:

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 06:37 PM


Thank you. :thanx: I'm getting soft in my old age. I made this sketch in the comfort of my home while looking out the window. I saw almost nothing of the moon last lunation. I hoping that will change this month.

Frank :)

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:24 PM

Very nice Frank and I really like the color in this one! Great job!

#14 frank5817



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Posted 09 February 2009 - 07:58 PM


Thank you. :thanx: It was my last sheet of blue paper,time to order more.

Frank :)

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