Joni Mitchell once said on the difference between painting and the performing arts, “A painter does a painting, and he paints it, and that’s it, you know…But he never, you know…nobody ever said to Van Gogh, ‘Paint a Starry Night again, man!’ You know? He painted it and that was it.”

Now, for the most part, I understand and agree with what she’s saying (though I’m glad she didn’t refuse to sing her beautiful music more than once!), but for some reason, there is one painting I have never felt this way about.


Night is one of the first encaustic paintings I ever made, and it’s the piece about which I have received the most positive feedback. Perhaps it’s the elegant simplicity of the piece, but something continues to draw me to it, and people continue to connect with it. As long as both of these elements occur, I will probably carry on painting it (just as long as I can vary the size, color, texture, etc.—I have to keep it interesting :D)