Winter Solstice

When late fall arrives I begin looking forward to the winter solstice, that annual day of least light with its twofold announcement of winter beginning and the days getting longer.  Seems a contradiction but I like to think of it as a promise that, although we have cold and snowy, blowy days ahead, spring is already on its way.

In this painting, I wanted to convey the sense of stillness and solitude that the winter solstice brings to me each year. This is a purely imaginative landscape depicting a snowy gray world with just a glimmer of light through the clouds on the shortest day of the year.

This painting is currently on view at Cristina’s Cafe in Strasburg, Virginia.