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 Magic Night

December 30, 2020

The night sky, in all its beauty and wonder, its vastness and starry light, its orbiting planets and unanswered questions, always makes me hopeful.

It takes me beyond our every day into a place of possiblity. I get lost in all that big blue beauty and the magic of the night.

Here's wishing you some beautiful wonder, some silent magic, some brave and kind possibilities in this coming year.

5" x 7"  oil on panel   $270    Art in the Morning special


a la mode

December 23, 2020

Go-power for the guy in the red suit when he tumbles down your chimney.

6" x 6" oil on panel   $195    Art in the Morning special



December 16, 2020

I love the magic of paint. The texture and color. The illusion. The thrill has never left me. I never know where it will lead.

I love the space and light of glass.

The arches and fractured light called to mind European cathedrals with their tall arched windows of light and color, changing how we see things.

5" x 7"  oil on panel   $265  sold   


The Dollop

December 9, 2020

Whipped cream... for the literal-minded.

With a cherry on top.

6" x 6" oil on panel   $195    Art in the Morning special


Autumn Embrace

December 2, 2020

Autumn color dazzles us in warmth and glow, licking up hillsides and rushing across meadows. It falls like confetti from the sky, in a celebration of red and gold and purple.

Then it leaves us so quickly.

I thought I could help it linger a bit longer to help warm our morning.

5" x 7"  oil on linen panel   $230    Art in the Morning special


Whipped Cream

November 25, 2020

A whirly twirl of dancing light.

With a dollop on top.

6" x 6" oil on panel    $230   sold   



November 18, 2020


A chance to see differently.

To look in the mirror.

A doorway to walk through.

A new door to open.

10" x 12"   not available



November 11, 2020

Set the lights.

Cast the characters.

Check the angle of the shadows.

A world I have control over.

Well... kind of.

8" x 8"  oil on panel   $295    Art in the Morning special


Autumn Breeze

November 4, 2020

The evening breeze

caressed the trees


(Lyrics by Jack Lawrence)

 5' x 7"  oil on linen panel   $230 sold    


Farm Fresh

October 28, 2020

It doesn't get much better than a roadside farm stand next to the field where it's grown. Rows of fresh, crispy, crunchy colors that land in your basket as you load it with goodness and inspiration.

Blue sky and goats share your view as the grower tallies your score. Masks and friendly banter and tasty anticipation...

That's what I call socially lovely.

8" x 8"  oil on panel   $320    Art in the Morning special


October 21, 2020

I stopped to smell the roses.

Aroma therapy.

Then I stayed to paint them.

Color therapy.

Key word: Therapy

6" x 6" oil on panel    $230 sold   


Bell of the Ball

October 14, 2020

With her charismatic presence and brilliant glow, I feel certain she is about to be kissed by her favorite frog, (in a complementary color, no doubt) and turn into our next poet laureate.

Sure to dazzle.

6" x 6" oil on panel    $195 sold  



October 7, 2020

I love the quiet, contemplative nature of this.

The solitary.

It somehow takes me to the deep of the sea.

I love that some things in art can't be explained. 

5" x 7"  oil on linen panel   $230   sold   


Fountain Serene

September 30, 2020

After the blazing sun and outdoor heat, entering the room of cool air, intricate, high-domed ceiling, and reflective mosaic flooring, all is  darkness. The senses join the quiet as the quiet calms the mind.

Gradually... the slow reveal of shimmering light, the delicate notes of water play, the depth of space in calming arches, invite us to expand into the calm.

Let's stay awhile.

9" x 12"  oil on linen panel  $420   Art in the Morning special



September 23, 2020

In a season of so much courage and so much loss, a painting seems so little to offer... Rain-washed flowers in a slice of sunlight on Saturday, when breathable air and blue sky finally blew for a brief visit.

Every day I strive to keep my head up and do my best in my small way. It just is so little in the face of so much.

Wishing everyone strength, persistence, and moments of beauty.

5" x 7"  oil on panel   $230 sold  


A Bigger Neighborhood

September 16, 2020

For everyone in need of a travel fix... Or, why we "like" to board narrow tubes with wings...Say, what?!

It's that very discomfort, the loss of the familiar, the adventure of new subjects never considered, new alleyways not explored, new languages to understand.

Sounds....even when they require the occasional earplug on the street side, tell us so much. From the piano in the window above on the edge of Harlem, to the sound of city-work in the middle of the night. The sound of the stone cutter in the quarry in Carrera or in a cathedral in Morningside Heights, the song of the opera singer on the trail in Cinque Terra, or the low whisking of a hay cutter crossing the field in Spain, or the no-sound silence on a path in Norway... art, labor, passion, dreams, work, nature.

There is the taste of sucking a lime along with the locals on a choppy ferry crossing from the Yucatan to then-rustic Cozumel during rush hour. That's a ride I won't forget. Or heading down a jungle trail at dusk with signs to "watch for wild boar" while we look for my in-laws. That's a night I won't forget.

New continents become opportunities. Countries become neighborhoods. Strangers become friends. We welcome different perspectives and find that getting lost is to be found.

I can't wait to get lost again.

5.5 x 5.5 sketchbook    nfs


Red Hots

September 9, 2020

I love poppies. Crepe-paper fragility meets the power of color.

A celebration in nature.

8" x 10"  oil on linen panel    $380 sold


Nocturne II

September 2, 2020

It feels good to get lost in glass. The forward and back, the continuous and the hop-skip break, making the everyday fresh and unexpected.

My breathing slows, and I get lost in space.

I think I'll stay here a while.

20" x 22" x 1.5" oil on canvas   $1340 sold  


A Cup of Summer

August 26, 2020

Wishing you a gentle day, and some sunshine in your cup.

8" x 8"  oil on panel   $340   sold    



August 19, 2020

August in the Sierra brings warm days, high billowy clouds, and afternoon thunderstorms.

I can't help but look up and be transported. It feels good to get a bit of lift and ride it.

Soon the rain will wash the sky and me. I can smell it coming.

I can't wait.

20" x 20" x 1.5"     oil on canvas   $1340   Art in the Morning special



August 12, 2020

Serendipity, an act of kindness, and a whole new world opened up.

8" x 10"  oil on linen panel   sold  


She's So Fly

August 5, 2020

Wearing her version of a top hat and tails, she brings a touch of her pale swallowtail magic to alight leaf and petal.

Then, on a breeze, she dances away.

6" x 6" oil on panel   $195   sold  


Jonquil Morning

July 29, 2020

A sunny face to greet the day.

8" x 8"  oil on panel   $310  sold    


Magic Garden

July 22, 2020

I love the mystery and surprise in the treasures of a garden. The moist verdant smell that comes at dusk, the surprise and reveal between light and shadow, the birds that sing within, and the bug world that tills the soil.

It's a good time to walk into a garden, big or small, wherever you find it.

8" x 10"  oil on linen panel   $380   Art in the Morning special



July 15, 2020

Wedges of light glint off edges of glass, cast in the colors of July temperatures.

It awaits the chilled harvest from the garden... savory celery, tomato, cucumber, or sweet strawberry, raspberry, orange,

Fresh-squeezed or with a fork... a refreshing & colorful start to your day.

5" x 7"  oil on linen panel   $230 sold     


Be Calmed

July 8, 2020

The universal voyage.

We point to our future, make our best guess, and chart a course. Avoiding the rocks, we share the wind along the way. And celebrate a safe landing in our now-bigger world.

This is where Travis McGee puts Peggy Lee on the turntable and serves you Boodles and friendship.

9" x 12"  oil on linen panel   $430    sold    


Bella Poppies in the Field

July 1, 2020

Other paintings have a woman in a wide hat and long billowing dress come 'round the corner right about now.

... I'm thinking a much-used tractor waits just beyond our view.

Let's go paint it.

8" x 10"  oil on linen panel   $370   sold  


Garden sketch

June 24, 2020

A garden. A chair. Some silence.

A chance to think more, talk less, and rest.

5.5 x 5.5 sketchbook    nfs


Sunny '56

June 17, 2020

It's a perfect day for a drive.

8" x 10"  oil on linen panel    $420 sold



June 10, 2020




6" x 6" oil on panel   $230    sold 



June 3, 2020

I love doing shows and their invitation to others to enjoy looking. With art, there is always a ticket to step outside oneself and be transported - through painting or music, theater or dance or writing.

We get so few opportunies in life to be transported. Any story or painting or music means different things to different people. That's what makes it special.

Isn't it wonderful to just look. Don't worry about the title or where it was painted. Just go along for the ride and enjoy where it takes you.  

6" x 6" oil on panel   $230   Art in the Morning special



May 27, 2020

There is a little story behind this painting. But that's my story. I'd like you to have your story - whatever this painting might evoke for you.

Perhaps what it conjurs will change with the day or your frame of mind.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel   $240     Art in the Morning special


Riding High

May 20, 2020

Jump on the toe-tappin,finger-snappin' cruise with Ella & Duke at the Cote D'Azur. Oscar Peterson said it would be his choice for a piece of music to put in a time capsule. I was listening to it while I painted this.

If at first it's just too happy for you, hang in there. Soon you'll be boppin' your head and setting down your tools to move.

Jazz is a frame of mind as well as a music. Let's dance.

9" x 12"  oil on linen panel   $465    Art in the Morning special


Juicy, Juicy, and a Bowl

May 13, 2020

Classic, robust, and colorful...

Three major building blocks.

8" x 8"  oil on panel   $320    Art in the Morning special


Sunlight Splash

May 6, 2020

Do the flowers bring the sun?

Or, does the sun bring the flowers.

Either way, here's wishing you a sunny day.

8" x 8"  oil on panel   $340 sold    


Sunshine on my Shoulder

April 29, 2020

I hope it makes you happy, too.

8" x 8"  oil on panel   $320 sold


Back Bay Repose

April 22, 2020



Calm waters.

9" x 12"  oil on linen panel   $395    Art in the Morning special


Bodacious Tomatoes

April 15, 2020

Most things excel under the focused eye of expectation and appreciation.

Sitting up straight and glowing with promise, these tomatoes commanded the spotlight, tumbling forward to steal the scene.

So glad to be part of the audience!

8" x 8"  oil on panel   $320 sold   


Bowl & Pear

April 8, 2020

'Twas a dark and stormy night...


This week brought lots more winter to the Sierra. It arrived as big fat flakes filling the sky with polka dots of snowy cheer.

It continued to land thick on pine and fir, cloaking the world in quiet.

As dusk drew near, the pearl sky moved close to the trees that stood like dames and sentries in draping cloaks of white.

Inside, the cabin was lit by this golden pear, glowing like a candle, warming the approaching night.

8" x 8"  oil on panel   $320    Art in the Morning special


Flow Like a River

April 1, 2020

There is perhaps no better time than now for a big open window into nature, its beauty, its majesty.

Nature has a singular ability to calm and heal us. To lead us where we need to go.

And let us stay as long as we like.

30" x 36" x 1.5" oil on canvas   $3860   Art in the Morning special


Virtually Social

March 25, 2020

It's a great time to spend in the good company of our own thoughts,

To visit with our old friends in those classic books on our shelf,

To get to know the neighborhood of birds in our back yard,

And to do the sketching, painting, writing, or brain surgery we've said we wanted to do if only we had the time.

5.5 x 5.5 sketchbook    nfs


Springtime Comes to the Valley

March 18, 2020

Signs of spring in some parts of the land...

Barn swallows doing Blue Angel aerobatics as they dip and dive for bits of nest-building mud,

Melodies issue forth from treetop and bush, doing their best to imitate Ethel Merman's enthusiasm,

Deer scamper and skitter in silly play, then blast off for a graceful run at top speed,

One can hear the glittering notes of spontaneous spring melt,

And sunny yellow faces of cheer turn their gaze skyward as they dot the land in celebration.

8" x 10"  oil on linen panel    $370 sold    



March 11, 2020

How to stand out in a crowd?

Be the only one not looking at your phone.

Sketching people in public places used to be a great way to sharpen one's eye and skills. People used to engage in conversation, read the newspaper, crack open a book, or write a letter. 

Now, it's pretty hard to find interesting subjects.

Makes me wonder about future images to be found in art history books. Yikes.

5.5 x 5.5 sketchbook    nfs


Day Light

March 4, 2020

For the seasonally affected...

Whether you're in the land of Harry Potter,

Or the land of eternal midnight,

Or it's just a frame of mind...

What's the line?

We'll leave the light on for you.

5" x 7"  oil on linen panel   $260     Art in the Morning special


Sparkling Winter River

February 26, 2020

Winter, my favorite season.

Rivers, my favorite stream of consciousness.

Sunlight, my favorite mood elevator.

Quiet, my favorite backdrop to the birds.

10" x 12"  oil on linen panel   $465 sold    


Firelight Glow

February 19, 2020

I love the tilt-a-world nature of glass, the way I can amp it up or tone it down. Pushing things to recede or come forward in a razzle-dazzle game of space and light is one of my favorite sports.

I love the surprise and the risk as I attempt to hold on as we come fast around the curve.

20" x 22" x 1.5" oil on canvas   $1340  sold  



February 12, 2020

Lost in the clouds is a great place to be.... Full of ever-changing beauty and light, expansion and disappearance and re-assemblage on the magic carpet of air currents.

Water made visible in gas and ice and pressure, who knew it would be such a rich and fanciful medium for transport of one's thoughts and dreams and romances.

Like lightening, you can't put it in a jar. But you can enjoy the ride.

8" x 8"  oil on panel   $370  sold    


Oak Tree

February 5, 2020

The world would benefit from more time spent contemplating trees.

5.5 x 5.5 sketchbook    nfs


Sunrise Studio

January 29, 2020

Painting brings all kinds of "weather."

The process of finding new ways to see and tell the familiar, the joy and challenge of messing with space, the serendipitous detours of invention and experimentation can lead to high winds and white outs and the occasional crossing on a moonless night.

The trick is to stay with the adventure until it resolves to a peach-colored sunrise.

6" x 6" oil on panel   $230   Art in the Morning special


Quiet Now

January 22, 2020

Queue Tommy Flanagan for rich mahogany tones.

Or Oscar Peterson if you want a bit of brightwork with your oceanic rumblings.

Let the music carry you to the quiet.

5" x 7" oil on panel   Not Available


Sunlight, Snowlight

January 15, 2020

Radiant light, quiet world.

Water in the bank.

A medium for play.

An embossed record of footprints and hatchmarks to tell us what the critters are up to.

A reflecting blanket for the full moon to bounce its light against.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel    nfs  


Lamp Carnation

January 8, 2020

Life on the road means I often don't know just where I am when I awake.

It also means I get to draw stuff I don't normally see!

When I look back in my sketch, I know exactly where I was.

5.5 x 5.5 sketchbook    nfs


Old Fashion

January 1, 2020

Wishing you an old fashioned new year...

A year of community and conversations over the fence, cats floating to pies on the window sill like in cartoons of old, finding wonder watching fish swim in a deep emerald pond, looking up to see a hawk soar against a backlit cloud overhead, reading aloud to a friend your favorite passage in a book.

Here's to quiet moments of creating, and savoring the good.

6" x 6" oil on panel   sold  


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"A Conversation with Kit Night..." Painting on location at Sand Harbor, while I talk with Brent Boynton of PBS


The Book!

"Art in the Morning" is my way to greet the day. What began as an attempt to make the world a kinder place through art, has turned into ten years, and running, of weekly paintings accompanied by my musings on nature, painting, life, and jazz. 

Once a week I send out an email with a painting, hot off my easel, for you to enjoy with your morning cup of coffee/ tea/ chocolate before you dive in to your work day. It's just a moment to relax. 

It's my attempt to make art a part of our every day lives. All of the arts should get out of the cloisters and into the moment. Any moment.

Share it with a friend. If they want to receive it regularly, they can just send me an email with "Please Add" in the subject line. I never share your address.

Email me: Kit@KitNight.com  (this is not a link)

Night has no "K".

Thanks and enjoy!

- Kit

Thanks for all of the great sales of my Art in the Morning book. After many printings it is now sold out.

Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, just -  life!... Paintings make a great celebration. (You give two gifts at once.) Thank you for supporting the arts!... Especially now, when we need even more beauty in our lives.

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