Friday, November 09, 2007

Daily Painting Practice - Kitchen Nocturne Study No.1

When I am in the studio and painting I look to the right and this is what I see.

When I look to my left three days a week, this is who I see. We share studio space.
I have had an interesting idea (interesting to me anyway) running around in the back of my mind for a while. I wasn't sure if it was worth doing. Usually, I kick an idea around in my head for a long time. Sometimes they get lost in there and never come out. I didn't want that to happen with this one, so I decide to try a small study to see if the idea has any merit for a larger composition.
Just before going to bed, I walk around the house and make sure all the doors are locked and all the lights are out. Walking through the kitchen at night gave me this idea.
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Kitchen Nocturne Study No.1
9"x12"
oil on canvas board

Nocturnes always get my attention. Most often you see the nighttime painted as landscape or seascape or urban street scene. But I have never seen a kitchen nocturne before.

The challenge for me is trying to capture the quiet of the night. I think it is worth trying again.

4 comments:

S.L. Peterson said...

Awww - what a cute studio companion! (And what a great Grandpa you are!) I wish I had spent more time painting when mine was that age - now she's walking and when she enters my studio, she gets into EVERYTHING.

I like this nocturne. I've seen a lot of landscape painters doing nocturnes lately, but it's unusual to see a still-life. Neat!

Mike said...

I think this is a terrific idea, Peter! Certainly there are few, if any, kitchen nocturnes. You have something with this idea!

Anonymous said...

Victoria on Okinawa said...
I don't believe this is a very healthy set up for the baby to your left. Are you using oils and solvents? I sure hope not. This is a toxic environment for a baby. Please think of safety first, all those solvents are airborn and can be inhaled toxically for a little one, even if you have ventalation.
I'm very concerned. Please take care.

rob ijbema said...

this is a spectacular painting peter,a good idea well excecuted.
love the three red chairs pa a lot too...