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Jules Smith Artist

THE DARKEST HOUR IS JUST BEFORE THE DAWN - Giclee Reproduction of Original Pastel Painting

THE DARKEST HOUR IS JUST BEFORE THE DAWN - Giclee Reproduction of Original Pastel Painting

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JUST ADDED - READY TO HANG GALLERY WRAPPED CANVAS GICLEE PRINTS. Choose between black sides or the painting continued around sides, I 1/2 inch gallery depth cradled panel with hanging hardware ready to hang.

This reproduction print of an original pastel painting is titled, “The Darkest Hour is Just Before The Dawn” During a difficult time in my life I would go to the beach before dawn to watch the sun enter the sky. I took photos this day at Pine Grove beach surf spot, ISLA VERDE, PR Looking towards Piñones. Tremendous foreboding clouds and the luminous light coming into the sky. It is before dawn when the street lights are still on yet the sky is beginning to fill with an incredible orange light. Sunrises bring such hope… lighting the darkness.

I went home and created  this 16”x20” pastel painting. The message for me was that the darkest hour is just before the dawn...but take heart, there is hope, even in the worst of circumstances. The dawn brings light, life and a new day of hope. 

I struggled to get this right. Nocturnes are not easy. When I finally posted it when I was finished my cousin Marne responded immediately. She said it inspired her she was also having a hard week and it gave her hope.

PROVENANCE: The original was purchased and entered into the collection of my dear cousin Marne Rowland Duke in Oregon. (My father’s baby sister ( my aunt) Madeline’s daughter, may they both Rest In Peace) Thank you Marne.


  • The CANVAS print is available in vertical 8 x 10, 11 x 14 READY TO HANG
  • The PAPER print is designed cropped as a vertical 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 12 x 16,  This comes unframed with white border. Artist signature and title in lower margins ready for matting and framing. Can be framed without mat it you prefer.

MATERIALS  - CANVAS (Ready to hang) or PAPER (for framing) ARCHIVAL PIGMENT: All are printed and hand cut in-house with 100+ year light permanence rated archival pigment inks on archival substrates your choice Cotton Canvas or Paper;

CANVAS: 100% Real Cotton Weave Canvas, heavy 340 gsm / 125 lb. Mounted on Gallery 1 1/2” wide wooden frame ready for hanging 

PAPER: quality, fade resistant 100% Cotton Rag 308 gsm, Acid and Lignin Free FineArt Smooth Matt paper by Hahnemuehle, the leader in Museum and Gallery Papers for Giclee Reproduction Prints. Ready to frame.

Epson’s DURABrite Ultra pigment ink uses an exclusive Microencapsulation technology where each pigment particle is encased in a resin. A unique polymer pulls the particles apart, so they are suspended in the solution and never coagulate. The ink base then helps the DURABrite Ultra pigment particles penetrate the paper. DURABrite Ultra ink uses a specific technology to control the penetration level of the ink and keep the colorant near the surface and a special formula that creates more Vibrant & bright colored prints.  Conventional dye-based ink particles are absorbed into the fibers of plain paper and are soluble in water. Pigment inks come at a higher cost than dye inks but you can feel confident in your investment that will last for generations. 

Shipping: Prints size 8 x 10 &  11x14 and below will be packaged in a clear cello sleeve, backed by a 22 pt chipboard sheet, inside a flat biodegradable extra-rigid fiberboard photo/document mailer and shipped via USPS. Prints size 12 x16 or larger will be packaged in a sturdy Kraft Mailing Tube. Please feel free to contact for alternative shipping options.

© All work copyrighted by Jules Smith.  All rights reserved.


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