Various neurological experiments have concluded that our logical thinking decreases as our creativity is heightened during nighttime. This is something that we all experience in various ways, some people more subtle than others depending on our character and genetic makeup.
Many people can relate to the feeling of condensed emotions at night, knowing it is best to ‘sleep on it’ and don’t act on emotions because this is considered to be reckless and incautious.
Yet we all know that most great writers write at night, creative spirits lie awake overwhelmed by mental Pinterest boards, ideas without boundaries are conceived and that painters come alive at night. These unguarded moods after dusk are often talked about in a certain way which makes it seem like this is a time when we are actually beside ourselves. Many of us are digesting our days, maybe giving it a mental thumbs up or suffering from it’s negative influence on our after work-mode mood.
Perhaps these magical hours are actually the time when we are most in touch with ourselves, feeling what must be felt and giving these emotions a (creative) outlet. Not just artists of any form give into these feelings but most people act more upon emotion without filtering during these fascinating hours. Have you ever walked down the street at night feeling that anything is possible? Looking someone straight in the eye while passing instead of looking down? Engaging with someone (while sober or not) and just dance/have a deep conversation/ play Twister. Even eating that cookie that you did not allow yourself all day long. Is this not a more accurate reflection of who we are and our desires instead of our daily armor filled with fears that is only there due to our much too sensible thinking?
‘It often seems to me that the night is much more alive and richly colored than the day” Vincent wrote in one of his letters to Theo. Vincent’s Starry Night and the Café Terrace in Arles are two of his most famous nighttime works. Painting in the dark was a challenging endeavor during the late nineteenth century, particularly for an artist who relied on his powers of observation. Van Gogh revealed that he was unable to work strictly from imagination yet his moonlit paintings are perhaps the most spellbinding of works. Vincent set out to capture the spiritual elements of the world around him before sunrise and it was during the night hours when he relied on and experimented with his imaginations and memory that some of his most captivating pieces came to be.
Though aiming at a Jekyll and Hyde form of self might be overkill, we could embrace how wonderfully different we are in daylight vs no light.