My Boston row house inspired painting “After Midnight at Number 3” is finished.
I think of this as a narrative painting because it suggests that a story (however mysterious it may be) is unfolding at the moment that is captured in time. Since we have only this one visual moment on which to base our ideas about what is going on, it’s of course not narrative in the way a written story or film would be.
The cat in the second floor window was inspired by a family member’s kitty called Charlotte, who wears a continually surprised look upon her dear wide-eyed face. Cats, curious and nocturnal, sense what is happening in the environment before we mere humans do. It seems appropriate that such a creature would be making observations long after dark.
Have you seen psychedelic 60s poster art ? This painting’s chimney “smoke” is a motif I made inspired by that style of art and design. It’s my way of saying there’s something groovy going on in there.
Here’s what I wrote about this painting while it was still a work in progress.
A good day to you!