After finishing a piece for MakeSandcastlesNotWar, it’s always great to unwind for a bit from work. There are times where you just need to get far away from your laptop to explore the things around you. You can be inspired of an idea just by going about your day. This post was constructed with this idea in mind.
You see this picture right here? That right there is Point of Pines, a mere few blocks away from my apartment. The sun was just setting, casting shadows that were reflected onto the wet sands of the beach. A blast of yellow light brightened the area and set the course for sundown. What followed next was something that couldn’t be explained through words.
As the sun lowered deeper, silhouettes started forming from where I was standing. These structures weren’t buildings anymore because they were now basic outlines. It was then that I started seeing rectangles and triangles morphing together within one big cube/rectangle. What looked complex before now became simple shaped structures in a matter of hours.
The sun moved farther down and the dark blue sky was moving slowly up within the atmosphere. From the top of the buildings, the sky turned into a golden yellow-orange color that blanketed the surrounding area of Boston. Within my left side, the sky was darkening into a pinkish-orange hue that covered Nahant area. Boston continued to turn a golden yellow-orange color because the sun was not ready to leave just yet. Further out to Winthrop were more silhouettes of buildings surrounded by the sea.
A few minutes later and the sky transformed itself to a myriad of colors. Hues of pink, yellow, orange, green, and blue were laying upon themselves within the atmosphere. It was then that I saw what natural art truly was. Not art created by human beings, but art crafted by nature. This was TRULY a jaw-dropping visual I was grateful to look at.
I continued roaming around to see that a reddish-orange hue started to sprout up behind the John Hancock building. The reddish-orange hue blanketed the top of the silhouetted buildings, rising higher each minute. A blast of yellow reflected on the sand, brightening the activity happening on the water. At one point, the wet sand and sweeping sea started mixing itself into similar colors.
To the right of my direction was a silhouette of surrounding trees. By looking at the object from the right perspective, you can see these trees connecting to form a certain shape. A circle formed in the bottom left with a line extending to the right, only to come down in the end. I was astonished to find something so extraordinary in this hustling city on the beach.
It was then that I wandered more through the beach as the sun was setting. More silhouettes were created as the sky was darkening into a dark blue hue. Night was slowly creeping in, but the sun still peaked from underneath the skyscrapers and towers. Reflections of towers painted themselves on the wet sands, which made me want to enter this upside-down reality being created.
When looking down at the sand, the midnight blue hue crept its way in. Street lights started brightening up the walkways. That reddish-orange hue was vanishing from my sight, seeping away only to come back the next day. It was time to say, “so long!” to the sun and start walking back to my apartment for the evening.
This was an INCREDIBLE experience I had watching the sun setting on the beach. I walked outside to discover how nature forms art right from our very eyes. Any self-respecting artist/graphic designer needs to understand how colors form around us. From the sky to the patches of dirt on your feet, you are surrounded by a myriad of colors bursting everywhere. It isn’t something you discover through media, but rather through what you see within your surroundings.
If you want to truly understand how colors work, you have to look closely at nature’s designs. I recommend all artists/graphic designers to take a hike to a place of solitude where you can pay close attention to your surroundings. Something simple like taking a stroll through the beach is enough to generate ideas. Wherever you decide to go, it’s important to pay close attention the natural world you live in. You could come to a point where reality and fiction wrap itself together to form a whole new world in itself.