Interior spaces intrigue me. They can be some of the most challenging to work with for a painting – in part because I tend to be very close to the subject at hand, especially in my own house.
Inspiration for this painting came out of necessity I suppose. There was a need for me to start something new in terms of a painting. I’m not doing much right now in the way of plein-air landscapes which would be the course of things during the spring and summer. Right now I’m living without a car so my ability to travel is limited. In all honesty I’m kind of liking not having a car. I’m walking more and riding my bike as well as appreciating the kindness of neighbors and friends. Then there’s always grocery delivery… : )
Creatively speaking I’ve often felt like I lost my imagination, but I have to say this experience is challenging that thought. While I really love painting still life’s and plein-air landscapes there has been something special about painting this piece and observing spaces within my home. This painting features a view from my living room/dining room area into my kitchen. The table and chairs are family heirlooms and there’s been something about painting them in the context of this space that’s appealed to me. Some years ago I painted this table from the other direction so looking from my kitchen into the dining/living room area. It’s quite a different painting stylistically as you can see below. A lot has changed for me since then in terms of how I see things. And while I love this older version, there’s something quite special for me in the current rendering. It feels more like “home” to me. I think I’d like to stay here for awhile longer, my imagination feels more welcome!