Moonlight in Blue
Emotions in Blue Series
11 x 14 Blue Nude Oil Painting
I finally started an new coffee table book for this
"Emotions in Blue Series." I have been wanting to
do this for awhile but I only want to use my personal
favorites so I have to paint several more.
This was such a great dramatic pose but it was
so hard getting the lighting correct on the model for this
photo. I took the photos several years ago and
just came across them so I will be continuing this series
for awhile. The book will be ready before the holidays.
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The intensity of Moonlight varies greatly depending on the lunar cycle but even the full moon typically provides only about 0.2 luxillumination. When the moon is viewed at high altitude at tropical latitudes, the illuminance can reach 1 lux. The full moon is about 500,000 times fainter than the Sun.
The color of moonlight, particularly near full moon, appears bluish to the human eye compared to most artificial light sources. This is because of the Purkinje effect - the light is not actually tinted blue, and although moonlight is often referred to as "silvery" it has no inherent silvery quality. The Moon's albedo is 0.136, meaning only 13.6% of sunlight incident on the Moon is reflected.