The Golden Hour: Nancy’s Swing and Evening Races

For photographers and artists, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day.  During this time, the sun’s rays hit the earth’s surface at a low angle and the light gives objects a golden-yellow glow, which is enhanced by long, purply-dark shadows.  I’ve had several opportunities recently to be out painting in the evening and managed to get these pictures done before the mosquitoes chased me indoors.

Nancy's Swing, watercolor, 5" x 7"
Nancy’s Swing, watercolor, 5″ x 7″

My friend’s property is in Londontowne, Maryland, overlooking the South River.  It was the southern docking point for the ferry to Annapolis in colonial times. Because it is situated near the water and on a long sloping hill, the area in which this swing sits usually has a breeze, even when the rest of the area is stifling hot and still.

Evening Races, watercolor, 5" x 7"
Evening Races, watercolor, 5″ x 7″

This picture was painted just outside Annapolis, looking north toward the evening races on the Severn River.  Several classes of sailboats were out racing at the same time, a delight to the viewers and a thrill for the participants.


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