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 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
in the afternoon
strawberries are delicious.
Photo Credits: Cacapon State Park Watercolor Retreat, June 2018