Nautical Twilight (private collection)
oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
According to astronomers there are three levels of light associated with dawn and dusk. This painting’s left section signifies the lightest level, approximating civil twilight, the time when the sun begins to set yet all things are still visible. The central section is nautical twilight referring to that period following when darkness begins to set yet the horizon is still visible. On the right is astronomical twilight which takes us deeper down to the darkness that even eclipses the horizon.