157: Nighthawks Oct 2017

Nighthawks was created by Edward Hopper in 1942. The light in the painting comes from two sources: 1. a gassy green early fluorescent light high inside the diner, and 2. a incandescent street-lamp. The shadows are harsh and alienating. Artists often use windows to frame the subject. Hopper experimented with corner rooms with 2 windows. He puts the viewer simultaneously on the outside looking in and on the inside looking out. It's disorienting and lonely. The female model was Hopper's wife.

This was perhaps the most challenging painting for me because of the size compression (a factor 1 : 5.5 ). I cut down a paint brush such that there were only 3 hairs left. Think of a painting a face on the head of a match.