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The Setting Moon


The Setting Moon
24 cm x 15.5 cm, black biro on white bank paper.
Date produced: 1986 - 1987, while living at Christies Beach (1986-1987).

My home at Christies Beach was on the Esplanade, and had an uninterrupted view of the sea to the west. I enjoyed many sunsets while I lived there. Occasionally, I’d also notice the moon setting, usually when I was out at night coming home. The setting moon seemed an extremely ‘quiet’ occasion, even compared with the setting sun. Like the sun, the moon would go quite orange as it approached the horizon, but would also usually fade just before it actually sank behind the sea (probably because of the amount of air between it and my eye).

With this drawing, I tried to combine a ‘negative’ type approach to the starry sky (black stars on a light sky), with an upwardly curving horizon and a dark sea. I like the quiet, atmospheric feel within the whole drawing, and also the energy within the small squiggles.

 

Detail 1:

The Setting Moon - Detail 1

 

Detail 2:

The Setting Moon - Detail 2

 


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