What attracts many landscape artists must be, first and foremost, the light in a scenery. Dealing with all kinds of light conditions to paint requires a certain level of skill to make it work in a painting. But that is something we all have to do and also greatly benefit from for our artistic growth.
Brief moments before and after sunset are really magical. I think we are all moved to see last rays of direct sunlight or those reflected by the upper atmosphere onto the land's surface. But it is interesting that our emotional reaction to it really varies, depending on our state of mind, the setting or location, the season, whether we are alone or in somebody else's company, etc.
This painting is my emotional response to the twilight in Venice on a particular day. So if I paint another on the theme, it'll never be the same. Another time, another interpretation.
Here's Claude Monet's "Venice Twilight."
Venice Twilight I
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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 in. (on 9 x 12 in. paper)