Still congested with a winter cold, I rest against the soft light of the shortest day of the year. Having canceled any interruptions, I am free to climb under the warmth of the down duvet on the day bed in the loft studio – to think about not much at all. Ideas and thoughts drift, rollover and crumble into yet smaller fragments. An older small painting surfaces and clings to the edges of fickle concentration.
And then the end of a poem by Mary Oliver…
coins of the sea
in my pockets
and plenty for the gulls
and the wind still pounding
and the sea still streaming in like a mother wild with gifts –
in this world I am as rich
as I need to be.
~ from “Winter” p. 52-53 in New And Selected Poems Volume One, 1992, Beacon Press.
The oil painting is “Receding Tide Reef Bay” 9 X 12 inches and is one of a very few small oil on canvas I have left.
Happy Winter Solstice! May we embrace the quiet light of the shortest day of year for the gift that it is.
What are your reflections about winter solstice today?
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Creative Potager – Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch
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