Strawberry Moon

My trouble with with painting the moon

is that even full moon light changes

all the colors in my pallet

to grey and to black.

The next afternoon in watercolor class

with warm spring sunlight

and bright paints and crisp paper

The full moonlight is still elusive.

I can’t recall the exact shade of silver

or blue

or how bright was the light

on the lake below or how it silvered

passing shreds of cloud


Painting from life becomes the lesson


A single ripe strawberry

is present enough to try

for shading of skin and textures of dark seeds,

and small curls of leaf.


My trouble with painting a single

ripe strawberry

in the afternoon

is that

strawberries are delicious.


Photo Credits: Cacapon State Park Watercolor Retreat, June 2018



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