I stood out on my deck the other night, with my easel, my paints, and a hand-held LED torch, and painted this. It's a view from Green Bay towards Central Auckland, with the Sky Tower on the left and some distant street and house lights dotted around the rest of the painting.
It was cold, and I got a runny nose, but it was fun. And hard. Really hard.
I mixed my main colour (with pthalo blue and cadmium red light) inside before I went out. It was much harder to judge mixes and values outside with the torch. (I need a better torch, and one of those ones that's built into a cap!)
Having read a few articles on painting nocturnes, the two big mistakes I made were trying to paint without any moonlight and not mixing my colours lighter than I thought they should be.
But all things considered, it's not bad for a first attempt. I like the Sky Tower, the browny light haze above the horizon, and the indicated street and house lights. It's just way too dark.
And, man, taking a photo of this was almost impossible! Because it's so dark and my brush strokes were smeary, it reflected like crazy.
A really good learning experience though. I love nocturnes, so I'll definitely try again in the future.