After Dark

santa barbara chevron  9x12 oil

santa barbara chevron 9x12 oil

I like the challenges of painting night scenes. There's something compelling about light and shadows that are a real challenge to paint well. I think Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks at the Diner" is one of the most well-known nocturnes in the world. It has a familiarity that is universal, It could almost be in any town in America, but we have all seen something like it in real life, in our lifetime. These are 2 gas stations, one in Santa Barbara, one in Laguna Beach. I was drawn to paint them because of the light, like a "moth to a flame".
classical gas  12x16 oil

classical gas 12x16 oil

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