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Nocturnal Musings: Finding Artistic Inspiration at Night



The artist, Carolyn Wonder's studio at night from outside. The entire image is dark indigo with a tree on the left and stars shining above. The window at the peak of roof is gold from light indoors shaded by blinds.
The artist's studio at night from outside

Ah, the annual dance with the clocks – tonight, they roll back. For many, this moment ushers in a gloomy period, a time when the days grow shorter, and the sun seems to slip away too soon. I used to suffer greatly during these times, sinking into the depths of a seasonal slump.


Yet, this year feels different. There’s a shift in the air, a change in perspective that’s painting the night in a new hue.


Nighttime has always enchanted me. The canvas of the sky turns into a vast expanse painted in deep, velvety black adorned with stars that shimmer like rare gems. It’s when the world hushes, wrapped in a serene silence in winter, a symphony of nature in the summer, that the vibrant colors of life seem to just pop against a dark canvas.


Strolling through the night or merely standing still feeling it across my face is intoxicating to me. The night breeze against my face, becomes a moment of solace and reflection. I feel peace in these moments I don't feel during other times.


While the world slumbers, my sanctuary is found in the quiet hours and I find artistic inspiration at night. There’s a curious beauty in these uninterrupted moments, a singular focus that lets creativity flow freely. It's during these quiet stretches, whether I'm painting or writing, that my thoughts dance onto the page, each stroke and word painted with the hushed intensity of the night.




Carolyn Wonders

ARTIST | WRITER

Modern life with its social, political, and cultural debates leaves us all raw, triggered, and anxious. We are bombarded by rhetoric that is carefully chosen to obscure truth and advance agendas. I see art as a universal language that can transcend that which twists us into parrots of this rhetoric. Living with art you love and seeing through an artist’s eyes can help us see these superficial debates for what they are and get us in touch with what really matters.

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