Yesterday’s Quote of the Day and This Day in History posts both featured Maxfield Parrish, and they sparked some interest in a few of my readers. I dug this post out of the archives to shine a bit more light on this artistic legend.


Travel Theme: Mystical

This week Ailsa challenges us to present something mystical, something that is otherworldly, mysterious or ethereal. For me there are two mystical moments of the day and they occur when the morning/evening light is about to break into their counterparts of daylight/darkness. Some photographers call this period of time the Jewel Box Lighting or the Magic Hour, but I like to call it Maxfield Time in honor of Maxfield Parrish.

Maxfield Parrish was a 20th Century American painter and illustrator whose one painting, Daybreak (completed in 1922), is still in print today and based on the number of prints made could be in one of every four homes in the US. As an aside: the color, Parrish Blue, is named in his honor with a nod to the luminous color he employed so well.

Maxfield Parrish Time does not last long, but if you are prepared you can take some memorable photos with saturated colors like the one below.

Trees at dawn.

Mystical, Magical, Maxfield Time
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photographed with an iPhone 4 and edited in Snapseed.

Travel Theme: Mystical

  4 comments for “Maxfield

  1. April 2, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Love it! The blue is beautiful, but the red is so intense. A perfect counterpoint to the blue 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 2, 2018 at 12:23 PM

      Thanks. That was the start to one of my weekend day shifts at the bridge. I could not pass it up.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. April 2, 2018 at 6:43 AM

    I’ve always enjoyed his work. Have seen a mural of his installed in an early twentieth-century home. It was impressive.

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    • April 2, 2018 at 7:21 AM

      Maxfield’s Bar in San Francisco’s Palace hotel has his ‘Pied Piper’ painting behind the length of the bar and, yes, his work is impressive.


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