Sunset of my childhood

Of all times of the day, I love sunsets most of all. Remember that episode from ‘The Little Prince’ where he moved his chair around the planet to watch as many sunsets as he could? If only I lived on a planet that small… Sunsets have something magical about them. The world seems to freeze for a few minutes, all the sounds die away and in that perfect silence you see the sky go from gentle gold to glaring red and then inky blue, with small dots of the first stars appearing in its indigo depth. There is nothing like these amazing patterns of colors unfolding over your head. Each sunset is uniquely beautiful and gives you a different mood. Sometimes it makes you sad and melancholic, sometimes it inspires you to write a verse or draw a picture and sometimes it’s so romantic that you regret there is no one by your side to share this feeling with…


By the way, speaking about pictures. I adore them just as much as I like sunsets and have about a dozen of those at my place. All of them are different and some of them are mine own (well, I couldn’t help boasting a little). But there is one I like most. Here it is, the best of all sunset paintings I saw. It belongs to Leonid Afremov, a modern Israeli artist you might have already heard about. What do I like so much about this canvas? I’ll try to explain:


  • First of all, I like the palette – built primarily around orange, violet and their shades, it’s both soft and vibrant at the same time. You can really feel the warmth of the sun glow and the chilliness of the night air merging together on your skin.
  • The style is also worth attention. Check out those loose flaky strokes – they give the scene a bit surreal, dreamy look. Who said you can only be stunned by realistic sunset paintings? A little frivolity won’t hurt!
  • Finally, I take this work a bit personally – it reminds me of my childhood. When I was still at school, we used to spend weekends at a family house by the lake. My father would take us on boat trips in the evening. I can imagine us all under that sail – four silhouettes, chatting and laughing, just like ten years ago…


But nostalgia aside, it’s still a very lovely painting, isn’t it? I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


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