Shadows from the late afternoon sun cast deep velvet highlights into a quiet, country landscape.
Day Closing captures a moment in a country afternoon when the sun is heading on its way toward the west, but it isn’t quite there. Because this is late summer, early fall, sunset still comes later in the evening, and the sense of twilight – the gloaming – extends well into the dusk.
If the star in the sky is bright enough, one can just see its twinkle out of the corner of your eye. This is the transition time between late afternoon and evening, and it is a time of quiet, reflection, peace, and meditation. Because this is out in the country, there has been work to do all day, and with animals on the farm, the work doesn’t end when the sun sets, because the animals need to be fed and possibly milked, and it’s always wise to doublecheck the hen house door to make sure that it is secure for the night, and no predators will get in.
But farm and animal chores are not unpleasant things. It is warming and welcoming to be around the livestock, touching bases and communicating on how their day went as well. Time in the barn is relaxing in its own way, as each chore is gently done, and much appreciated by the animals for which we do them.
Day Closing invites the viewer to step into this gentle, predictable rhythm of country life, to listen to the sounds of the evening silence, to look for that very first star in the sky, to breathe the air that is clean and fresh. Day Closing celebrates a world in which the predominant factors are not noise, anxiety, office cubicles and traffic, but rather, the sights and sounds of nature.
Featured in 27 Fine Art America groups.
October 4th, 2017
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