This painting is called Blue Forest. It is derived from a photo I took in October of an Idaho fall landscape. I haven’t done any painting in a while, or a landscape for that matter, so it was a fun project.
This painting is derived from the beauty that occurs during illumination of the sky during the second magic hour. The first magic hour is a term photographers and film creators use to identify the time in day when longer wave lengths from the sun are reaching the Earth’s surface. Normal people know of this time to be an hour right before the sun goes down. The colors that are associated with “magic hour” are usually a red/orange or sepia. These colors blanket the surface and give a very attractive look for photographers and movie makers. The reason for this change in color or “magic hour” is because as the sun sets, its radiating light has to travel through more and more atmosphere. During the middle of the day, when the sun is at it’s highest point in the sky, its light is penetrating the least amount of atmosphere. Because of this only the shorter wave lengths of light (blue and indigo) are absorbed by all the gas molecules in the atmosphere and displayed to the human eye. All the other colors, green, red, orange, etc, are scattered. This is why the sky is blue. As the day goes on, the sun drops lower and lower in the sky. When it does this, its light has to travel through more and more atmosphere. During sunset, and right before sunset the sun’s radiating light scatters all the colors of the visible spectrum except for the longer wavelengths (orange and red). This is why you get this orange/red color during sunset.
The second magic hour will occur about 20 minutes to an hour after the sun has set. When this happens, the sky is illuminated by a soft blue. This is because the sun is no longer directly shining through the atmosphere. All the gas molecules in the atmosphere reflect all wavelengths except for the shorter blue wavelengths. These gas molecules in the atmosphere absorb and reflect this blue color. This makes everything appear to be different shades of blue. This is what I wanted to base this painting on.
The reason why everything in the painting appears blurry, except for some areas is due to the fact that after the sun has set. The human eye hasn’t yet adjusted to the reduced light. The rods in our eyes need about 20 to 30 minutes of pure blackness to generate a chemical called visual purple. When this is created the human eye can see light that is 100,000 times dimmer than it normally could during the day. Since, this painting is depicting a time right after sunset, the eye is blurred and is easy to confuse.