The Artwork of
Kevin M. Haller
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Creve Coeur Park (Saint Louis, MO) (View location of my easel)
January 11
"Moonrise Over Mallard Lake"
Oil     8x10
Inspiration and Design:
Quack-Quack-Quack went the ducks.  The allure to execute this painting was generated as much from sound as sight.  I was joined by my artist friend, Shawn Cornell, to paint "en plein air" the rise of the moon over Mallard Lake in Creve Coeur Park.  Looking east, I sensed a narrow lake.  Perfect I thought, but I couldn't confirm as it was pitch dark.  Then a mallard song began.  The moon rose around 8 pm, behind a forest.  The advice of English Artist Walter Sickert came to mind.  Sickert noted that a painting should always indicate that the artist noticed something.  First I noticed that as the moon rose, its shape changed significantly, conforming to the shapes of the forest.  Secondly, there was a glow around the moon.  I also "noticed" the noisy quacks of the mallards.  I await a pigment for that.