When The Sun Goes Down

I was just faced with the question and I wonder what happens when the sun goes down? This is a question that does not seems to demand a great answer. However looking at this from an artist view-point, what really happens when the sun goes down?

We are all fascinated by the setting sun. We look at it with amazement as we gaze at the colors so rich and vibrant. This is what motivates us to capture that time as we engulf ourselves in the art of painting and the wonders of creation.

A sunset is a burst of color that reflects the sun as it reaches the horizon at the end of the day.  It is the daily disappearance of the Sun below the horizon in the west as a result of Earth’s rotation. It is mystifying but where do these colors come from and how are they reflected in this way!

Sunset creates unique atmospheric conditions such as the often intense mauve, orange and red colors of the Sun and the surrounding sky. The ray path of light from the setting Sun is highly distorted near the horizon because of atmospheric refraction, making the sunset seems to occur when the Sun’s disk is already about one diameter below the horizon.

We become fascinated because it brings a certain solitude that charms us with the impact of the moment knowing that the day is ending. It is a moment of rest we seek from a long day and a reminder of the consciousness of times splendor. It is romantic, soothing and redeeming!

When the sun sets we see love in a different light, we feel the charmed and we feel the intense desire for closeness. That’s how I see it when the sun goes down!


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