Reflecting Light for a Happy New Year!

"We lose a great deal
when we lose the sense and feeling for the sun.
When all has been said,
the adventure of the sun
is the great natural drama by which we live,
and not to have joy in it and awe of it,
not to share in it,
is to close a dull door on nature's sustaining and poetic spirit."

--Henry Beston

mirror and curly twigs2

Right after Christmas, it's always as if I expect Spring to arrive at any minute.

My creativity seems to follow the sun--I have a really hard time painting when it's dark, even in the glow of cozy lamps and candles. So I'm soaking up every extra minute of sunlight we'll get from now until spring, collecting them in my creative heart and expecting a new explosion of inspiration to happen some time in the new year!

It's beautiful to me, whatever way it came about, the way the observance of Advent parallels the deepest days of winter leading up to the December Solstice.  In this way, the natural rhythms of nature reflect the yearning of our souls and every year the waiting-waiting-waiting and hoping-hoping-hoping for the promised Light of the world happens--quite literally--during the darkest days of the year.  And once Christmas arrives, it seems that even the sun rejoices in the glory of the precious gift of the Son--blessing us every day with one or two more minutes of light.

Wishing you light, extra warmth and inspiration as well--and a very happy and blessed 2012!

P.S. Have you heard?  Kim Klassen has a brand-new e-course starting on January 16!  (I used her texture, "Soft Shale," in the photo above.)  New textures and inspiration sent to your inbox every week for the entire year!!!  And the e-course that made my year, and would be a PERFECT way to start 2012?!: Stephanie Levy's Creative Courage--starts January 9!

"There are two ways of spreading light: To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." 
                                                                                                                  --Edith Wharton


  1. A wonderful and blessed 2012 to you too Sadee! :)

  2. Such a beautiful photo! Have a great and Happy New Year! :-)

  3. beautiful image

    Happy New Year Sadee

    Love and Light

  4. gorgeous picture! happy new year, sadee!

  5. Lovely thoughts, Sadee. Winter is hard for me, too. I throw open all the blinds to catch every bit of sunlight and warmth.

    Your photo is so soft and warm. Curly willow branches?

    Happy New Year to you!

  6. I love the thought of getting more and more minutes of sunlight each day! Thank you for your beautiful post. And Happy New Year!


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