In this painting I really wanted a certain serene masculine feeling. Therefore I decided to go with a solid dark background to give it that feeling. It is like the objects are sitting on the counter in the middle of the night.
On another note I read the most interesting article today by Robert Genn. It is from his website, Painters Keys. He said that every year around 900,000 people in the U.S. buy brushes and paints for the first time. Then about 800,000 decide painting is not their thing. That means at any given time 3% of the population is trying to paint.