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Crowdsourcing Lights for Plein-Air Nocturnes


Crowdsourcing Lights for Plein-Air Nocturnes
On Instagram, Paul T Levin asks: "James, you did a video about plein air nocturnes a while back where you talked about good lights but I can’t find it. What do you recommend if I may ask?"

I answer: I don't know to be honest, since everything is changing so fast in the LED space. Anybody have a suggestion for good book light or headlamp with adjustable light levels?

Cleve Page answers: "I got a Lumecube 2.0. It has adjustable light levels and there are attachments like barn doors or snap-on color filters. It's an excellent product. It also has 1/4-20 threads so you can add it to a separate structure. It's more pricey than a headlamp, but it's much more capable."

Crowdsourcing Lights for Plein-Air NocturnesFiona Fleming adds: "I just purchased a Vekkia 19 LED Music Stand Light with a nice substantial clip, and a flexible arm…the light alters to warm, medium or cool and can be directed right onto the surface. I haven’t road tested it on the easel at night yet, but I might tonight! It charges with a USB cable."

J. Owens says: "(There are) a few different headlamps for camping and I believe most have adjustable levels. Mine is a PTEC, (Princeton Tec) it has three levels along with a red light."

    Drew Baker I've mused about putting something using srtip LEDs from Waveformlighting. My thinking is a very high CRI source would be a better approach than something with tunable temperature and questionable CRI.

    Edgeprogear sells a light for their pochade boxes. It's essentially a Vidpro LED-230 on a gooseneck, with a bespoke mount for the Paintbook. (At least, that's what mine is.)

  • Crowdsourcing Lights for Plein-Air Nocturnes
  • Brian Meyer I paint at night, at concerts, etc. Basically I have bought every light you can get. The ones I prefer now are rechargeable, which can last 2-3 hours.

    The last one I got is the best so far, its designed for musicians, its battery on bright lasts an entire session of 5 hours, and it goes from 4 to 3 on its power display, I have used it two sessions in a row without recharging.
    (photos from Brian Meyer)

    Vekkia clip-on book light.

  • Crowdsourcing Lights for Plein-Air Nocturnes
  • The issue with most lights is the bulb is exposed, which is blinding if you have an audience, this light has it in a recess so all the light is directed towards the paper. Prior to this I was setting up a hood.

    Julie Bloch I got little clip on rechargeable LED lights that are tiny. I bought 2 for my plein-air backpack.

    Damian Kinsella I try to limit the light as much as possible so these do well to not give me so much light that I lose the sense of what I'm looking at. Eric Merrell brought up the idea of taping a piece of vellum over them and that diffuses the light a bit more and warms it up slightly as well (depending on the vellum). They don't work well with my Yarka rig, but for a Gurney-style flip easel they're practically perfect.
    The kit I purchased can run off the included 12-hour lithium batteries so this would allow painting on location far away from any other electrical source for an extended period of time.

    Although I haven't used them for an en plein air nocturne, I do plein air oils and am always looking for an efficient means of transporting my gear. I can envision these old bones including such a light in an excursion. The kit essentially could be doing triple-duty (copywork, studio painting, and night painting on location) if I decide to try a nocturne. Their use in conjunction with polarizing filters on the lights and camera lens makes a remarkable improvement when copying art. Because of such versatility, they may be worth consideration.

    I paint at night, at concerts, etc. Basically I have bought every light you can get.The ones I prefer now are rechargeable, which can last 2-3 hours.

    The last one I got is the best so far, its designed for musicians, its battery on bright lasts an entire session of 5 hours, and it goes from 4 to 3 on its power display, I have used it two sessions in a row without recharging.


    Good for extra light, like on your palette and paint mixing areas, or as a backup main light. Its also better light, good for when recording with a GoPro.

    Always plan on the batteries dying and have a spare.

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4 Comments on Gurney Journey: Crowdsourcing Lights for Plein-Air Nocturnes

  • Bevan
    on February 03, 2022 | 11:23 Bevansaid :
    "I've only tried painting outdoors at night in an unit area a few times. Mostly I painted by the light of camp fire. But I have also used a sample handheld flashlight covering it loosely with the fingers of my left hand to let minimal light through while holding the sketch book in my lap. Not very effective but it worked. When I paint by fire light the colors are always different than I expected when I see it the next day in the sunlight."
  • boocat
    on February 05, 2022 | 20:05 boocatsaid :
    "If I were you, I'd ask Matthew Cornell what he uses.
    Scroll down and see that he paints landscapes at dusk:

    https://mcornellart.blogspot.com/

    I don't know him; I am not connected in any way to anyone who does know him. I am just a poor person who cannot afford to buy his landscapes.

    Catherine Conrad
    Coquille, Oregon"
  • Dan
    on February 09, 2022 | 16:43 Dansaid :
    "What video was it that he covered Nocturnes? I would love to see more Nocturne stuff from James. "
  • Anonymous
    on February 12, 2022 | 13:29 Anonymoussaid :
    "I didn't see the question on Instagram at the time- but just to add here: I recently found this "around the neck" version of a book light that works very well for my painting setup, with two separate lights that can be pointed in different directions. Its small and I always have it on the highest brightness level but it has several levels. Its by Vekkia as well. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SV1K9B4/"
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