As with all great notions it started with a daydream; move to Alaska and settle down in a cozy cabin, next to a lake, with my beloved other, my dogs and family. Paint and make ART to my hearts content. It's been a long road, today I am fortunate to have realized that dream. My blog is mostly about ART and sometimes everything else.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
The Magic Hours In My Neck of the Woods by Judy Vars
The Midnight Sun
What is your favorite time of the day?
Do you love sunrise surprises? Do you enjoy the noon
hours white light?
Or the early evening hours with glorious sunsets?
holds the honor of being the longest day of the year. In my neck of the woods
(Wasilla, Alaska), that day provides us with twenty hours of daylight. This
extravagant length of hours seems to slow time and confuses our understanding
of morning, noon, and night.
My tradition is to stay up all night on the Summer
Solstice. I’ve heard it said Alaska is an insomniac’s paradise. Suffering from
a bit of insomnia myself, I can attest to the difficulty of trying to put
oneself to bed when the sun still shines. On the solstice, I don’t even try.
My personal favorite
time of the day this time of the year has always been the window of magic hours
from 10:30 p.m. to midnight.
The sun goes down slowly, during this period displaying
a long and glorious sunset. After sunset the light stays in a suspended state
somewhere between day and night. Old Sol
hovers just behind the horizon, casting a filtered light of lavender as a Prussian
blue sky and crimson shadows imbue the scene with an otherworldly glow. I often
sit quietly in my secret garden next to my lake carefully observing the various
elements in my surroundings. As an artist I mentally translate the colors I see
into pigments.Inspired to attempt to
capture the essence of what I am experiencing. At these moments I think of
something Vincent Van Gough wrote to his brother, Theo: "One of the most
beautiful things by the painters of this century has been the painting of
darkness that is still color.” I feel
like one of those artists as I sit and contemplate how to capture the essence
of the midnight sun onto canvas – how to paint the darkness that still has
For now, I am content to enjoy the midnight sun, as soon
enough it will be night most of the day. But the long winter’s night is magical, as
well.Oh the sights you can see: the Milky Way, the aurora, nighttime so clear
and clean you can see planets and galaxies with the naked eye! Sunrises, sunsets
and stars “oh my.” At the Winter
Solstice (shortest day of the year) it is my tradition to stay in my new
flannel pajamas all day long no matter what. Tradition is a cozy thing.
My passion is art, but whatever your passion is,
Alaska’s brings her best to each one, graciously providing heavenly peeks into
the world around us that cannot be found anywhere else.