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#1 frank5817

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 10:22 PM

The western sky at twilight was just cloud free enough for one to see the planet Venus and the 1.23 day old moon together. I was about 12 hours away from catching a flight back to Chicago from Phoenix and I had time for a quick free hand graphite sketch on copy paper before retiring for the night. I included with the sketch notes on the sky colors and cloud locations so that I could make an oil pastel drawing when I arrived back in Illinois.

Sketching:

This is a re-drawn sketch in oil pastels of the Moon and Venus in the western sky on dark blue construction paper 12” x 14”.
The original graphite sketch was completed in about 20 minutes on the back patio looking due west.
No optical aid was used.
At the time of the sketch (March 16, 2010, 7:26 pm local time) the moon was 1.5 % illuminated and only 1.25 days old. Lunation 1079
The sky was partly cloudy and filled with aircraft contrails especially in the west.
The air temperature was a pleasant 24° C (75° F).
Location: Mesa, Arizona

Frank McCabe :)

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#2 mathteacher

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 10:25 PM

That's pretty cool.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 12:48 AM

Frank,

Truly a lovely sketch that captures the mystery and beauty of the goddess of love and the crescent moon. Terrific.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 02:37 AM

Breathtaking work sir. Thanks for sharing :)

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 10:30 AM

Frank,

:waytogo:, pretty nice sketch, I too saw it last night. :)

:thanx:,

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 10:32 AM

Just gorgeous Frank :D

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#7 frank5817

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 12:55 PM

Ging-Li,Jay,S1mas,Tom,Lynn,

Thanks everyone.
When I went out the door I was expecting to see Venus but not the thin crescent moon. So I had to do something.

Frank :)

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 05:40 PM

Very nice sketch, hopefully the clear weather will hang on for friday night, thanks for sharing.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 07:50 PM

Frank,

A beautiful observation of the Crescent Moon and Gibbous Venus over the western sky. It must have been an impressive sight! Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 07:54 PM

That is a colorful treat, Frank. Nice catch.

#11 frank5817

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 11:32 PM

Tom, Carlos, Roland,

Thank you all :thanx:
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T5- We rarely get this many clear nights in a row and if that storm gets here early we may be stopped.

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Carlos and Roland- The look was brief but yes a very pleasant sight.

Frank :)

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 04:42 AM

Frank

Very dreamy and surreal; Beautiful! :bow: :rainbow: :bow: :rainbow: :bow: It's a masterpiece!

As if for a movie backdrop. I haven't flown in a while but always remember strange surreal scenes at high altitudes while at the window in airliners. You've rekindled those memories for me tonight.

Thank you,

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 01:55 PM

You lucky person! I wanted to see this conjunction but it was cloudy. Great sketch and thanks for letting me see what it was like.

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 08:32 PM

Mark and Phil,

Thank you both for your kind words. :thanx:
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When I finished re-drawing this view I thought how nice this would have looked if you made the sketch instead of me. :rainbow:

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I sure hope you get another chance next month.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 09:27 AM

Frank

Thanks for your generous gesture. We all have individual styles and I for one admire yours.

I have gone to my home town hilltop in central Portland for the past several nights. I took only photos of the moon conjunction with Venus and the city downtown sky scrapers below. I find it more and more difficult not to repeat too similar a theme in the next works, each time I attempt one. I could go on here and philosophize but I only tend to talk myself out of doing another sketch work that I have already done before.

I'm hoping that that makes some sense as to my reluctance to continue. It is difficult at times not to think I am outdoing my last works, as you have mentioned.

It can be ecstasy at times when it works. Then it can be total agony at other times. I may make an attempt later today. I reach a burnout if I do too many sketches in too short a time. My aging eyes also suffer now from eye-strain through the eyepiece and to re-focus to the paper over and over for several hours.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 10:24 PM

This is a beautiful sketch of the Moon and Venus! Very nicely done Frank!

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 10:33 PM

Michelle,

Thank you much. :thanx:

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I don't think it is possible for some of us (certainly you too) to get enough opportunities to sketch the heavens.

Frank :)






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