Painting the Super Moon: Outdoor Painting at Night

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)


 On June 23, 2013–the most recent super moon–the kids and I were excited to check it out and capture it via painting or photo. So, what is a Super Moon?…Well, according to wikipedia, it is ‘the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.’  It’s basically giganto moon that occurs once every 14 full moon cycles. The next Super Moon will make its appearance on August 10, 2014.

To record our version of this ultra large moon, Alex, Sophia and our neighbor girl packed up our painting supplies, the camera and some flashlights and then headed over to the boat launch near our house.  We set-up make-shift art easels and the girls got to work on their masterpieces. First the girls sketched out the basics of their paintings.  Soph used a canvas of hers and our neighbor girl used her sketch pad.  When they were satisfied with their outlines, they got to painting.  Each of them had their own unique interpretation of the beautiful moon.  Soph’s pic is the one above and in pics below.  I wanted to share our neighbor girls too, but she closed her sketch pad before it dried completely and it got ruined :(  –it was very good and similar to Soph’s, yet uniquely her own style.

Alex decided to try and get some photos of the Super Moon, even though we don’t really have the right kind of lens for that (yet!).  He got some cool shots despite our non-idea lens. Hopefully by the 2014 super moon we’ll have the perfect lens for the camera.

It was a beautiful, clear summer evening that we all thoroughly enjoyed.  We were up ’til about midnight creating our works of art and the memories we made will always be with us. If you’re looking for a fun activity with the family on a warm summer night, why not grab some art supplies or a camera and head out to a park, the beach, or even your backyard.  You’ll have lots of fun making memories and works of art!

What’s your favorite ‘outdoor art’ experience?


Happy Creating!
Kelly, Alex and Sophia

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