Aivazovsky painting. It has always made me think of the words by Elie Wiesel; "Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true" The Black Sea at night - Ivan Aivazovsky
Costa Dvorezky at Engine Gallery. I'm very afraid of backgrounds, so much so that it puts me off painting. Really stresses me out. So when I see something as simple and effective (though admittedly the product of excellence) as the background on this here picture, it makes me want to slap myself round the face for being such a wussy little bitch.