Moonlight

Vilhelm Hammershøi, Danish, (1864-1916)  amused himself with quite a few interiors with this color palette.

Things had a similar appearance at 3am today. That is not too long ago; the memory lingers on. Some cow mooed angrily and repeatedly – in the pasture closest to the house – demanding that her calf answer her. The calf answered, after a dreadfully long and suspenseful wait.

This kept on, until it was necessary to get up and check things out. Results of the investigation were clear: there had been no excuse for this.

But on the walk back, the Moon kept us company, to the extent of lighting up the elderberry bushes, now in full bloom. The fragrance of those elderflowers is intoxicating, at 3am or at any other time. The Estate Vintner makes sparkling wine from those flowers, which activity is keeping us busy these days.

Despite the fact that we have now, technically, a gibbous moon, it will still be bright tonight. Maybe I should find a newspaper to leave on the living room floor, to read by moonlight when the beams wake me up.

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6 thoughts on “Moonlight”

  1. jzdro:
    Vilhelm Hammershøi, Danish, (1864-1916)  amused himself with quite a few interiors with this color palette.

    It’s not unlike the palette some Dutch and Flemish painters favor.

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  2. jzdro:
    Despite the fact that we have now, technically, a gibbous moon, it will still be bright tonight.

    This is one of the curious things about art.  Gibbous Moon phases are far more common than slim crescents or near-full Moons, but if you look for representations of the Moon in art, you’ll rarely see one.

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  3. Hypatia:
    That is so interesting!  I reckon the hump moon just isn’t a very artistic shape…

    Pretty easy to make it look ‘wrong’, like the artist was trying for a perfect circle & couldn’t get it right.

    I figure the Scandinavian autumns & winters were cold enough outside that a lot of painters there found interiors a good subject for light and reflections. Those party boys in Florence had glorious weather all year long, so sure go paint your piazzas and fountains!

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