I returned once more to paint the lovely hill town of Montone in Umbria. This time I decided to take a different approach and looked at it from afar. Montone up close is difficult to make out. It is hidden behind woodlands, nestling in the hills, so this view from a couple of miles away gave me the perfect position.
As I was driving home the other night and thinking about what sky to paint I realised it was one of the super moon nights. I quickly developed the idea that a dark blue backdrop with the moon in would make a nice change.
Sign of the zodiac
Add to this the constellations for the sign of the zodiac the person the painting was destined for, in this case, Cancer and you’ve got a nice pre-dawn sky. Not everyone is a star gazer so to make the appropriate stars stand out I painted them in yellow, so it’s possible to them pick out.
The foreground features a collection of olive trees as the area is full of groves and my clients properties, the houses to the right of the painting is surrounded by trees but the picture ran out of space. So just put a series of stylized trees up front instead.