Nocturne, Iglesia San Jose

I spent part of last fall working as an on set visual effects supervisor on a Netflix movie being filmed in New Mexico (not ‘Rust!) One night we were shooting in Corrales, near Albuquerque, and unexpectedly wrapped a little early. I drove the back way to Cerrillos and wandered around taking photographs a little before 5 am. This is the church of San Jose just a little ways off the main square. It’s a ways before sunrise, but the sky had just begun to lighten a little, and I was entranced by the quiet mood.

This is just a little messing about after putting down a sky underpainting.
Early attempts at getting light and shade in there. Everything is pretty crude, but it gives me an idea of what needs to happen. That dark sky got light pretty fast as I worked on the foreground.
Balancing things out a bit, and starting to try and get the right color and value in.
Beginning to work in the harder, more complex areas
Getting close, but a few areas still need work. Also the sky needs to be darkened at the top for the mood to be right.
Here’s the finished painting.

6 thoughts on “Nocturne, Iglesia San Jose

  1. Michael Brunsfeld

    I really LOVE using works-in-progress like this jk, I am looking closely to see how you are pushing and pulling~ the light getting more subtle in every iteration!

    I like your preoccupation with the magic hour and then that subtle darkening that follows.

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  2. kim.travis.fasnacht@gmail.com

    I really do like reading about what you’re up to – such interesting stuff – but especially watching the steps you take in creating your images on canvas. Advisor for Netflix! Well, well. Keep on keeping on old friend from Eckerd.

    Kim

    Von: Jonathan Keeton Artist Blog Gesendet: Thursday, April 14, 2022 8:06 PM An: kim.travis.fasnacht@gmail.com Betreff: [New post] Nocturne, Iglesia San Jose

    jonathankeeton posted: ” I spent part of last fall working as an on set visual effects supervisor on a Netflix movie being filmed in New Mexico (not ‘Rust!) One night we were shooting in Corrales, near Albuquerque, and unexpectedly wrapped a little early. I drove the back way to”

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