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The Studio Nocturne


  • David Lussier Studio 1 Front Street, Studio 467 Upper Mill Rollinsford United States (map)

Learn to paint convincing nocturnes in the studio. Explore the nuances and color effects of moonlight along with the various transitional effects of warm and cool light from street lamps, window light and even candle light.

Over the course of many years, I have explored painting nocturnes on site and in the studio. At one point, in order to fully grasp the various lighting and value shifts adherent in night scenes, I explored and painted 30 nocturnes in 30 days. My goal was to paint night scenes from a variety of timelines; from the moment it became dusk until late in the evening and also very early morning. For each painting, I would arrive at a scene, sketch, and take notes and I’d capture a snap-shot photo to help me recall how elements went together. Then I would recreate the feeling and the light of each precise moment, in the studio the next day. It was a real eye opener. I learned a great deal and I want to share it with you.

In this weekend workshop, with the use of demos, discussion and individual instruction at the easel, we will explore these various effects of light. We will also look at some of the work of past painters, who left behind some amazing examples of nocturne painting: Frederick Remington, George Sotter and James Whistler to name a few. I will provide hand outs and reference photos. With one-on-one guidance, you will paint your own nocturne each day. (read more)


Location: 1 Front Street, Rollinsford, NH, Salmon Falls Mills Studio # 467

Time: 10:00 - 4:00 each day

Cost: $275  Class  size is limited to 12 students. To register send a check for the full amount to:

David Lussier, 80 Olde Mill Rd. Apt 10, Somersworth, NH 03878

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