I chose the tone of a dull orangish brown in compliment with the moonlight I was seeing on the surface of the mission baptismal. I lined in the image with a combination of darker reddish brown oil paint mixed with linseed oil.
Joseph, being a former alter boy, made friends with the padre, and gained access to the baptismal. He lit 12 candles and put them in the window of the Baptismal so it would glow nicely for me.
I painted for two and a half hours until I felt I was complete with the painting; (enough to finish it from memory).
We packed up and drove back to Santa Barbara on a moonlit road, with the Air Stream and some wet paintings in tow.