New Painting: Full Cold Moon – Gouache on Paper

Today I am spraying a few of my new paintings with gloss archival varnish so they’ll be ready to attach to cradled wood panels tomorrow. Thankfully it isn’t windy or raining today!

I re-read Ursula LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea after I was chosen for the Everybody Reads show. I sketched out this painting after reading the pages about the celebration of the Moon’s Night and the Long Dance.

Straight out into the sea they danced, under the moon one night past full, and the music was lost in the breakers’ sound. As the east grew light they came back up the beaches and the roads, the drums silent and only the flutes playing soft and shrill. So it was done on every island of the Archipelago that night: one dance, one music binding together the sea-dividing lands.


"Full Cold Moon", 11"x14" gouache on paper © 2011 Lesley Atlansky

The full moon that falls close to the longest night of the year is sometimes called the Full Cold Moon. Head over to RedBubble for prints and cards.

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2 Responses

  1. Jen says:

    Beautiful! I love the colors.

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