Re: Painting at night?
I've been painting at night recently because in a house with lots of big windows and lots of pale walls that reflect the sun all over the place, it's hard to control the light in a reliable manner. It doesn't help that the sun rises behind the house so in the morning the light is shining directly through the back windows, and in the afternoon it comes through the front windows.
My still life set up is haphazard as it is without having to dismantle it and move rooms half way through painting. I have lamps balancing on piles of books, one table stood on top of another table.
That said, painting at night is the most reliable method of controlling the light for me. If I put my lamp at the window where the sun comes from, I can kind of start painting in the afternoon/early evening too, and I have a rough sketch next to my still life of where the shadows and highlights fall so at least when the light isn't in the right place I can do a bit of work using that as a reference.
I think I may get some day lamps soon though. That or I'll be relying on photographs instead. Having to wait half a day before I can paint every time doesn't exactly do wonders for the half apples and other fruit I'm trying to paint.