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Celebrating the Solstice

"Solstice", pastel, 6" x 6" © B.E. Kazmarski

“Solstice”, pastel, 6″ x 6″ © B.E. Kazmarski

This painting is indeed from the Winter Solstice about a decade ago. As the sun began to set on a zero-degree day with a foot or more of snow the light was so beautiful that I took off in my car with my camera and art supplies. At the top of the hill the gentle pink and coral tones of the sunset melded with the blue of dusk on the field of unbroken snow at the old Christmas tree farm, one of my favorite spots. It was too cold to draw outside since I can’t wear gloves and would soon be dropping my pastels in the snow, so I positioned my car on a convenient side road and sketched this in my front seat. As it does sometimes, the sun seemed to hang in the trees just before it disappeared: solstice, “sun-stand-still”. It’s just a little thing, 6″ x 6″, one of my favorites, especially now that the place is gone to development. It became the inspiration for an exhibit I hosted in 2004, “Winter White”.

And this painting, which I’ve always loved so much, has a wonderful home with a friend who also loves it very much.


2 responses

  1. Happy Winter Solistice Bernadette – I woke up to just a dusting of snow here this morning. May peace and joy be with you and yours as we welcome the light back to the earth. xo

    December 21, 2012 at 11:52 am

    • To you and yours too, Vicki–it’s a magical day when the world starts again.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

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