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Italian Blonde Profile - sketch

June 12, 2024

I love that when working from the model, you have a room full of people and, except for a soundtrack, it's totally silent.

It's a terrific challenge to capture the nuance of curve, the values of light and dark in the shadows, the warm or cool of cheek and forehead, the fold of the eyelid - the tiniest adjustment changes so much. It's pretty fascinating.

 Then someone's phone rings with the sound of a large barking dog, the model jumps in the air, and the room rides a wave of laughter.

Okay. Back to business.

8" x 10" oil on linen panel   $490        


Road Sketch

June 5, 2024

Mid-April found me on the road delivering a commission.

Daytime was making someone happy with a couple of large glass paintings. Pretty fun.

Nighttime in the motel was editing a certain author's next mystery. A chance to spend time with another's creative process.

I'm glad when I have the presence of mind to squeeze a sketch into the margins. It always reminds me where I was.

about 2 x 5    ink on paper     nfs



May 29, 2024

With their golden butterscotch and carmel tones and their  gestural toss-about petals, sunflowers are the flip-side to our current, moon-filled night sky.

By day these flowers of sunlight dance about, echoing the warmth of the sun.

By night their petals are painted in cool blue moonlight.

Both invite us to go outside. Wow.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel   $360   sold    


Full of Light

May 22, 2024

Thin china and gold leaf filigree, whirly-cue handles and serendipity edges, let me paint fanciful strokes in a play of luminous light.

The subject calls to mind a time of hand-written letters, history recorded through correspondence, a breeze at the window.

6" x 6"  oil on panel   $330 sold    


Tuscan Utility

May 15, 2024

I love how even the trucks, maybe especially the trucks, tell you when you're in a foreign country.

I was teaching a workshop in this little Tuscan village.

Everything from the truck to the shuddered windows, the exposed old stonework, to the solid window frames, the climbing and potted flowers, even the cat, said "we're in Italia!"

8" x 10"  oil on linen panel   sold  


Sophisticated Ladies - daffodils

May 8, 2024

Spring's elegance.

A dance between realism and abstraction, space and light, darkness and warmth.

I love to explore fresh ways of seeing.

8"  x 10"  oil on linen panel      sold    


Sunlight II

May 1, 2024

Sunlight in a glass. Sunlight upon glass. Luminous warmth.

Endless visual exploration. The serendipity of bounce.

Color endorphins, to be sure.

36" x 40" x 1.5"  oil on canvas   $5190     Art in the Morning Special


Sardines & Lemon

April 24, 2024

I may not be able to go to Sardinia, but I can eat sardines.

 Sustainable travel.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel   sold    


Romancing the Daffodils

April 17, 2024

The first to bloom, now

 Like birdsong, it signals spring

 Welcome light through fog.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel   $360     Art in the Morning Special


Total Solar Eclipse 2017

April 10, 2024

With all the buzz about Monday's total solar eclipse, I revisit the awe-inspiring experience we had in 2017 on that total eclipse of the sun.

Even just getting there was a fun experience! We traversed states up to Oregon. The highway crossing Nevada is normally fed by semis and pick-up trucks. But on August 20, 2017 along comes an "ant trail" of NPR, 'Science Friday' types. You have the affluent tech people in their Teslas and Porsches, and way many more boxy Scions and Honda Elements. The science nerds were on the move.

The next day, our viewing was in the perfect place. (I hope everyone feels that way about wherever they were at.)

Ours was a wide-open bend at a campground on the Snake River. Families on blankets and telescopes on tripods were set up all along the grassy grounds and the river bank. Kids were sitting, talking to their folks. Older cousins were playing with younger ones on stacked hammocks. Dogs chased Frisbees.

 I couldn't figure out why it was such a nostalgic scene from a Norman Rockwell painting. Then I realized... there was no cell reception. Hence, everyone actually experienced the totality of the total eclipse - the magic of the strange reduced light contrast, the diminishing of shadows.

Then the imminent event. All was a-buzz. Then, all was silent.

 The birds stopped chirping. The temperature dropped dramatically. People became backlit by a crisp light as all gazed upward in awe.

 I don't have the words for the beauty the universe provided us. It was singular, other-wordly, breath-taking. Everyone was sharing in this miraculous event, focused, outside themselves. Present.

Then everyone cheered.

It was a thing of remarkable, life-changing beauty.

5" x 8" graphite in sketchbook     nfs



April 3, 2024

The colors, the shapes, the light and movement, make me think of the ocean with a storm moving in.

Drama on the high seas!

6" x 8"  oil on panel   sold    


Star-Maker Machinery

March 27, 2024

When I paint from the model I always look for what I want to say. I strive for a likeness. But I'm really after evoking something about them.

This model was unlike any other I've painted. She had created her own content with her perfect packaging, her almost surreal smoothness.

It was actually kind of disorienting.

What I kept thinking of  was the Joni Mitchell lyric, "stoking the star-maker machinery..."

As always, it's a thrill to be able to work from the model and the intense focus that requires.

9" x 12"  oil on linen panel     NFS



March 20, 2024

 I'm in love with Dexter Gordon's sound.

When I'm in the studio I surround myself with the sound of beauty in hopes that I will create beauty, too.

Dexter's 'Ballads' recording gives me just what I seek. His saxophone delivers so much empathy, warmth, and a full richness of sound. To me it's love.

It helps me find my better self.

Plus it has some mighty fine playing by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. Very cool.

4" x 4" x 1.75"   oil on wood panel   $230



March 13, 2024

 Skies of winter gray

Brilliant comes flower yellow

A mirror of light.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel  $330  sold  


Winter Light

March6, 2024

 Winter light is luminous and full of color.

This day, the warmth of horizontal sunlight paints the vertical of the tree trunks with glowing golden sienna.

The radiant ambient light upon the snow brings out the blues of the water within it, and the peach of sunlight upon it.

Snowy reflections dance upon the water in points of silvery light.

I love nature's quiet reveal. 

9" x 12"  oil on linen panel  $545   Art in the Morning Special


In Full Bloom

February 28, 2024

 Sometimes flowers come in the form of beautiful metaphors.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel  $330 sold  


Autumn Song

February 21, 2024

Most of us have enjoyed the experience of walking down a road or trail in the cool crisp of a golden fall day. The sun warming our skin, birds singing in the trees, water making its own music in the stream, nature doing that 'feel-good' thing that it does best.

Then you look up and your breath is snatched away by the spectacular backlit leaves of gold and orange against a cobalt blue sky. The leaves dance on the calligraphy of black branches, adding to the shimmer.

Let's just stop and savor a seasonal flashback.

11" x 14"  oil on linen panel  $680  sold  


Surprise Kiss

February 14, 2024

It's fun to see the unexpected in a new way.

Who doesn't enjoy the right kind of surprise?

4" x 4" x 1.75"   oil on wood panel   $215  sold


Liittle Black Dress

February 7, 2024

Considering my wardrobe consists almost entirely of men's Carhartt, I thought I would paint an alternate universe.

4" x 4" x 1.75"   oil on wood panel   $230


Waiting to be Kissed

January 31, 2024

Rumor has it that there is a fun holiday ahead, the one where we can exchange absurd, or comical, or heartfelt sentiments with friends or Valentines.

Or something colorful and calorie-free! that lasts forever.

4" x 4" x 1.75"   oil on wood panel   $215   sold


Rain in Japan

January 24, 2024

I like the surprise of the foggy atmosphere, the rain-soaked surface, the solid objects like architecture.

The dramatic light sliding in from the side takes us to another place.

It feels like a mystery, an adventure to me.

4" x 4" x 1.75"   oil on wood panel   $230


Wild With Nature

January 17, 2024

The fastest way to bring sunlight to a cloudy winter day?


I love the way they always capture the 'wild' of nature.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel  $330   sold  


Stage Presence

January 10, 2024

Stephen Sondheim nailed it with his lyrics to "Putting It Together."

This is a shout-out to the many people I talk to at shows: painters, film makers, writers, physicists, even tech start-ups, who sometimes think they are the only ones who struggle with concept and execution. Not so, it's inherent in all creativity.

If one already had the answer, we wouldn't be searching.

The trick is to get comfortable with discomfort. To know we will never have all of the answers in our pursuit and to realize how exciting that is.

Color and music are all about relationships. We can achieve the hum of wonder and suddenly make an off-key choice. Harmony is lost to discord. With persistence and an open ear, we get the satisfaction of coming out the other side.

As Sondheim said, "Bit by bit, putting it together."

Here's to persistence.

8" x 8"  oil on panel  $430  sold  


Clear Blue Winter

January 3, 2024

Winter night falls white

Morning wakes to golden light

Clear runs the river.

8" x 10"  oil on panel  $570   Art in the Morning Special


Sunset Solitaire

December 27, 2023

Sunset colors glow

Complement wintery blue

The year's horizon.

 5" x 7"  oil on panel    sold  



Good Morning, Santa

December 20, 2023

A night spent riding the sky, dodging stars, and keeping nine reindeer heading in the same direction earns a cup of something warm at the bottom of the chimney.


6" x 6"  oil on panel   $310  sold   


Blue & Sparkle

December 13, 2023

I love the harmony of these colors - the way they evoke seascape, nightscape, landscape. Calm. 

I love the glints of scintillating light. They make the depths deeper.

4" x 4" x 1.75"   oil on wood block   $230


Twilight, Starry Night

December 6, 2023

A new way to play with the joy that is color.

A surprise that brings starlight down to earth.

4" x 4" x 1.75"   oil on wood panel   $230


Glow & Sparkle

November 29, 2023

A fun-house mirror.

A crystal ball.

An altered world in saturated color.

The magic of paint.

4" x 4" oil on wood panel  $230   sold  


Golden Trail

November 22, 2023

Where's my horse?!

11" x 14"  oil on linen panel oil  $680 sold  


Quaking Gold

November 15, 2023

Nature creates its own radiance.

And it comes with its own soundtrack.

 ...Hear the leaves quaking?

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel  $360   Art in the Morning Special


Flamenco Sketches VI

November 8, 2023

The subject is luminosity - color relationships that create radiant light.

The soundtrack is the masterpiece, Flamenco Sketches, from the Miles Davis Sextet: Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly on saxaphones, Bil Evans on piano, and Jimmy Cobb on drums.

Their subject also appears to be luminosity, and, to my ear, love.

How better to greet the day... in music, love, and light.

9" x 9"  oil on wood   $620   Art in the Morning special


Sky Dreams II

November 1, 2023

Wielding my brush to create open spaces of luminous blue and veils of thin clouds is the closest I will get to being a pilot of the sky.

Then I gain altitude and head into the big voluminous shapes of peaks and valleys, light and shadow, and the bounce of reflected light.

I just love cruising up there.

24" x 24" x 1.5"  oil on canvas   $1780   sold      



October 25, 2023

The sun rides lower

Leaves turn scarlet-orange on the wind

Blush comes to the pear

8" x 8"   oil on panel  $430  sold  


Sunshine in a Flower

October 18, 2023

When driving by a field of sun flowers, I always notice they turn their heads toward the sun. An entire field of flowers looking the same direction. It changes how I see them.

It calls to mind the grace and stillness of movement and energy of so many people in parks across the world. Be it Qi gong or Tai chi... a kind of calligraphy of movement to greet the day.

No wonder it's called sunflower.

8" x 8"   oil on panel  $430  sold 


Sky Dreams

October 11, 2023

Painting a sky of clouds can feel a bit like scuba diving. Spatial. Sensorial. Floating.

Turns of unexpected light create luminous hot edges in the depths.

It's an adventure of discovery.

24" x 24" x 1.5"  oil on canvas   $1890     Art in the Morning Special


Dance of the Tulips

October 4, 2023

 Belles of hot red, rimmed with golden yellow, bob and dance on stiletto legs in shades of green.

Occasionally they break out in angular, fast-footed jazz moves.

It's a ballet called Dance of the Tulips. Probably composed by Terence Blanchard.

Why not? It could be. I can't wait.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel  $330   sold  


Dreaming Clouds II

September 20, 2023

A window into space, time, and radiant light.

Easy travel to other planets. Ahhh...

24" x 24" x 1.5"  oil on canvas     Not  for sale       


Golden Creekside

September 20, 2023

 I love that art can take you where you aren't.

36" x 48" x 1.5"   oil on canvas  $4840  sold    


Rain in China

September 13, 2023

 Paintings can evoke what cannot be explained.

9" x 9"  oil on wood   $620   Art in the Morning special


Golden Reflections

September 6, 2023

Shining a light on a common object can really change how we see the familiar.

Suddenly, it is full of presence!

8" x 8"   oil on linen panel   $430  sold


The Bill Evans Trio

August 30, 2023

 In the early 2000s I dove into paint and jazz as a form of life vest from incivility.

 I shifted from huge white canvas to small black wood, from seeking deep space to riffing on abstraction.

 I wrote letters of thanks to creators who had shaped their field and how the rest of us see and hear.

Jazz pianist Marion McPartland was generous in her response, expressing a particular attraction to this suite of paintings based on Miles Davis and Bill Evans - her old friends.

9" x 9"  oil on wood      $620         Art in the Morning special


Chasing Moonlight

August 23, 2023

 The night sky always transports me. It transforms my state of mind.

When I awake in the night to full-moon light pouring in the window, I feel a sense of comfort and wonder.


22" x 20" x 1.5"   oil on canvas  $1380  sold  


Bourbon Street

August 16, 2023

 Part of my Citrus Jazz series:

Drawing on how jazz musicians use space and color in their  melody and sound, I was seeking to do the same.

Thinking of New Orleans' rich history of music and musicians, and its humid atmosphere, I painted a watery reflective setting to evoke the place.

9" x 9"  oil on wood      $620         Art in the Morning special


Dreaming Clouds

August 9, 2023

 Poetry in motion.

A ready place for meditation.

24" x 24" x 1.5"  oil on canvas        Not yet for sale



August 2, 2023

 Just as sunlight moves through the day, touching this edge, glinting on that glass, kissing a lip, splashing upon the table, so too my gaze travels through this painting.

I love the surprise.

22" x 20" x 1.5"   oil on linen   $1380 sold  


Sierra Verte

July 26, 2023

 I find a roaming peace in this place of green.

It encourages one to walk - to see what shimmers along the rocky pebbles of the sandbar, to learn what rests in the depths of the turn in the river.

What grows upon the shoulder of the downslope?

What view will the top of the ridge lay open?

11" x 14"  oil on linen panel  $680  sold    


Duet in Rose

July 19, 2023

 Sweet song of summer

Notes like petals on a breeze

Ride toward the magic of a waxing crescent  moon

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel  $330  sold 


Pear de Deux

July 12, 2023

 'Tis an intricate dance, beautifully balanced.

8" x 8"   oil on linen panel   $430   sold  


Spring Rush

July 5, 2023

 A winter of record snowfall makes for spring excitement.

The rivers rush to their next elevation. Rapids rush to their next pool to gather in the quiet.

I rush to the bank of the river to gather my own pool of quiet.

10" x 12"  oil on linen panel  $540  sold  


Exuberant Tulip

June 28, 2023

I'm taking dancing lessons.

From a tulip.

Shall we?

8" x 8"   oil on linen panel    $430 sold



High-water Spring

June 21, 2023

High-water spring

Sunlit clouds

Atmospheric moisture

The trees and streams are alive with birdsong.

10" x 12"  oil on linen panel  $540  sold  


Morning Cup

June 14, 2023

Houston, prepare for cognition.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel   nfs


Majestic West

June 7, 2023

Clean is the sky

Green is the grass

Open are the clouds

Wide is the land


Let's soar.

10" x 12"  oil on linen panel    $620  sold


Sunset Glow

May 31, 2023

My paintings of glass feel like a landscape to me. An ocean scape. A light scape. They invite your eye to explore.

A window opens. A breeze comes in. A bell rings in the distance.

Listening to the music of Estonian composer, Arvo Part, provides the perfect sounding board for each brushstroke.

22" x 20" x 1.5"   oil on linen  $1380   sold


Tulips at Sunrise

May 24, 2023

Painted by the morning sun, dancing on a breeze, we greet the day.

8" x 8"   oil on linen panel   $430 sold  


Swimming in Blue

May 17, 2023

Diving in...

Painting glass always finds me swimming in its depths, its abstract space and light.

Passages open, waterways carry me. There is freedom to explore and improvise.

Recommended soundtrack: 'Green In Blue,' from Miles Davis' Kind of Blue recordings.

Dive into the cool.

5" x 7"  oil on panel  $270  sold 


In My Element

May 10, 2023

Movement over water

Time under sky

Winged origami of a Great Blue Heron


We turn our heads.


11" x 14"  oil on linen panel    $680  sold


Tulips Set Sail

May 3, 2023

I've always thought of myself as more of a tool painter.

So I was surprised to discover that 59 feet of snow, with no view or light from any window, turned my gaze toward flowers. Their juicy color, their ever-changing composition, their delicacy and boldness... it really jazzed up my palette.

And my brain chemistry.

I took to calling it "Tulip Therapy."

... Works for me.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel  $330 sold  


Marine Layer

April 26, 2023

The atmosphere that results from the interaction between different layers of color temperatures and densities of paint.

Don't you love alchemy.

5" x 7"  oil on panel   $270   sold


Call Me Irrepressible

April 19, 2023

When it comes to getting a color fix, flowers are right up there with color crayons.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel  $330  sold  


April 12, 2023

Ahhh... sunlight. The cusp of spring.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel  $340  sold  


Golden Winter

April 5, 2023

It's invigorating to entertain two seemingly mutually exclusive ideas. It opens up a lot of 'what if' scenarios.

A cul de sac becomes a boat launch. The honks and grinds of the city become a symphony. Or beatboxing.

 A cold winter day in the depths of a record-snowfall winter becomes a warm enticement.

I'm looking for my canoe. 

9" x 12"  oil on linen panel    $620    sold 


Winter's Grace

March 29, 2023

Yes, I know... Fifty-plus feet of a beautiful thing is an awful lot. Life, and light, as you know it is comprehensively changed. Scale has changed. Your home is not to be found.

But it remains a silent, velvety place of utter beauty. And, how lucky are we in that.

 I find getting out to smell its fresh moisture, see the life that inhabits it, find the quiet places on the river, to be a magical thing.

If you stand still, just now, you will hear the soft ripples of the river. Feel the sun on your left shoulder. Hear the hawk's high call overhead.

Speaking for myself, sometimes a padded cell is just what I need.

8" x 10"  oil on linen panel    $570


Sunlight Comes to the River

March 22, 2023

Just like in travel, or in writing a novel, on your way to a really good idea, sometimes it's good to follow the surprise.

My good idea was to paint the silvery tones of the quiet winter before me.

The surprise was the unexpected warmth that came from my underpainting sketch.

Shazam! Suddenly I had scintillating sunlight skipping into the day.

Oh, yeah.

8" x 10"  oil on linen panel    nfs


Prelude to a Painting

March 15, 2023

I sketch my paintings with a thin stain of color.

In this case, I did something I never do... a quick undersketch first in charcoal.

 I wanted to see how the charcoal would inform the color-temperature of the scene before me.

As sometimes happens, I love the image as it is, watery and transparent - visceral and underdescribed.

8" x 10"  oil on linen panel    nfs


A Breeze of Tulips

March 8, 2023

In painting we often make use of complementary colors.

 In snow storms one can make use of complementary experiences. 

The call & response of rich warm reds found in the language of "tulip" provides both.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel  $360   Art in the Morning Special


Older But Wiser

March 1, 2023

It takes time to develop class.

With grit, comes wisdom.

8" x 10"  oil on linen panel    $450  sold 



February 22, 2023


It's hard to quantify.

But I know it when I see it.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel   $320   sold  



Kissed by aTulip

February 15, 2023

Now you are, too.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel    sold  


Calm is the Morning

February 8, 2023

The howling winds of nightfall took down trees and freed the smokestack from its mooring.

Next came swipes of lightening across the night sky, followed by the crash and rumble of thunder. Seriously?

A hurricane, it wasn't. Winter doing its version of, "Stella!," it was.

After climbing over trees to get out, I followed the morning sun to the river.

Silence and sunlight lay upon the land.

11" x 14"  oil on linen panel   $680    sold 


Italian Truck - "Tomato"

February 1, 2023

There's something about Italian design.

Even their trucks have style.

... now I want some pasta al pomodoro.


8" x 10"  oil on linen panel    sold


Gee's Bend, Too

January 25, 2023

With complete admiration and respect for the artistic genius of the master quilters of Gee's Bend, I title this painting after them.

While not claiming any of their brilliance, the pieces of color, and abstraction of fractured light, remind me of their work.

It gladly gives me another chance to mention the Gee's Bend Quilters so that you might take a moment to look them up.

Working in isolation in the bend of a river in Alabama, this small African-American community began creating a stunning new artform before the 19th century.

Inventive and filled with music, to my eye, they bathe the brain and the spirit.

 I hope they receive a MacArthur Genius award.

5" x 7"  oil on panel   $265 sold


French Curve: Sketch

January 18, 2023

The dance of the sketch is something to savor.

So is a cup of tea. Ahhh...

Waiting for the power to return, the heat, the internet, the telephone...

Beauty is everywhere!

6" x 6"  oil on panel  this became a full painting on August 24


Glowing Firelight

January 11, 2023

A color massage. An excitement of space and abstraction. The familiar made fresh and new.

I love painting glass.

30" x 36" x 1.5"   oil on canvas   sold   


Mystery Tour

January 4, 2023

Wishing all a new year of surprise, adventure, and magical beauty.

6" x 8"  oil on linen panel   $330  sold  


Golden Hour

December 28, 2022

It's nice to spend time in the luminosity of shadows.

8" x 10"  oil on linen panel    $450  sold    


Previous - Art in the Morning 2021


Please Enjoy My PBS Interview!

"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 twelve 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.

Easy. Just send me an email. 

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