I don't know about you, but this getting-dark-early thing gets old fast for me. It's kind of not good when the sun sets at 4:22 pm and my hypothalamus is signaling, "Bedtime!"
December 21st marks the longest, darkest night and the official start of winter.
In Wisconsin, we'll take in around 6 hours and 22 minutes less daylight than the longest day in June. But not to fret- from here, the amount of daily sunlight we receive grows as we tilt toward spring. Something to celebrate!
Our well-used, wooden stepladder has become part of the celebratory tradition. Three years ago, the long-time family ritual of cutting our own tree morphed. Born of an effort to minimize consumerism, and supreme laziness, the Christmas Ladder now blesses our home with light and joy. And it's beautiful. Thanks to our neighbor, Beth, for the inspiration.
In the studio these days, I find myself oscillating wildly between monochromatic grays and vivid brights–a form of compensation? Or celebration?
Happy Solstice! Bring on the light!
View additional photos & details of below painting, "The Chase," here.
Artist and naturalist Michelle Louis has a vigorous curiosity about the natural world. Her abstract landscape paintings cultivate connection to the lands she explores.
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