After a wonderful and relaxing summer in Coronado, California enjoying the wonders of beautiful sunrises and sunsets and the Pacific Ocean, I returned to the studio on September 20. I am back in front of the canvas and enjoying the artistic comaraderie of the Vander Zee Studio Painters and our leader, Rob Vander Zee, picture here. Our days are filled with our own time in front of the canvas, with instruction from Rob and end with a Guild Meeting where the group discusses a wide range of topics that help us grow as artists. I am looking forward to the creative stimulation that comes from art. Keep checking back to see my progress.
Across the globe, dusk is known as the twilight hour, when there is a thin veil that separates day and night. One hand cradles day and the spread of sunset colors while the other hand cradles night and the mystery of the stars. It is a moment to reflect on the day’s events, what was done and what’s been left undone… or left for another day. I feel that way about the transition from summer to fall.
I had a similar feeling last fall experiencing a tradition on safari in Africa called the sundowner. It’s when your guide and driver on a game viewing drive find a beautiful spot from which to view the sunset, and stop the land rover and create a pause to watch the sun retire. It was truly a moment to reflect on the day as you can see from this photo.
Three paintings I finished before the summer break capture those sundowner moments – Sabi River at Dusk, Sabi River Sunset and Sundown in South Africa.
As summer twilight has come and gone and we are now into fall, I hope you will find time in your schedule for your own sundowners to enjoy the splendor of creation in fall’s colors.