About This Painting: Tonalist Sunset Landscape
Artist: Jan Blencowe
Size: 16 in X 8 in (40.6 cm X 20.3 cm)
Have you even seen anything as beautiful as a sunset? The colors are incredible, they can literally stop you in your tracks or take your breath away. People will actually congregate to watch sunsets. At least that's been my experience. Places I've spent time like Fire Island, and Monhegan Island and right near my home at Hammonasset State Park, groups of people will gather to watch the spectacular end of the day. It's a ceremony or ritual, and we have so few of those in modern life. Beyond the sheer beauty of the sunset I think people also find the close of the day a comforting event. Who among sunset watchers doubts that the sun will come up again tomorrow? Watching nature repeat her rhythms day after day is comforting and reassuring. There is order in chaos, time moves forward and heals all wounds. Tomorrow is a promise, a clean slate a story waiting to be written. I've always thought that Judaism got it right, beginning the new day at sunset. That quiet, restful start to a new day makes so much sense, celebrate with a meal, get a good nights sleep and then attend to the business at hand. Unfortunately, most of us begin our day to the rude sounds of an alarm clock, and then hit the floor running! Sunsets remind me to pause, to look, to encounter the universe and to marvel at the cycle of day and night that goes on effortlessly, and thankfully continues whether I'm aware of it or not.
After a day of cloud and wind and rain Sometimes the setting sun breaks out again, And touching all the darksome woods with light, Smiles on the fields until they laugh and sing, Then like a ruby from the horizon's ring, Drops down into the night. Author: Henry Wadsworth LongfellowSource: Hanging of the Crane (pt. VII)
Let's celebrate the joy and beauty of art and nature together!
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