oil on cradled wood 20 x 16 inch
This past summer while cooking dinner, I was listening to the Nina Simone station on Pandora like I usually do, and the song "Making Plans for Nigel" ( the Nouvelle Vague version) came on. I swayed and twirled and cooked and listened, and as I did a vision of a young boy and his parents came to mind. I saw basically what you see here in the beginnings of this painting...the boy in his bed with the covers pulled over his head...a tuft of hair sticking up (eventually)... and his parents standing outside his door discussing his future. Nigel has hopes and dreams of his own, but his parents know what's best, don't they? Or do they? I sketched this scene out that evening and the ideas of painting it have been dancing in my head ever since. I'm excited to finally be working on it.
I don't believe this is the true meaning of this song, but it is what I saw when I heard it. My challenge for this piece...the challenge I am giving myself...is to paint light. I see light coming down from the hallway light, onto the parents heads and faces, and spilling into the room. The relation of the doorway and the room of course isn't right, but it's the only way I could get this down with my limited drawing skill. It's the light, the characters and the overall atmosphere I care about. I am not sure I can succeed with painting light, but I am going to give it a try.
Wish me luck.
Below is the Youtube video of the song. Enjoy and have a great weekend!