These paintings were inspired by the Summer Solstice which occurs annually on June 21. It is a celebration of the ‘first day of summer’ and the longest day of the year.
Solstice comes from the Latin word ‘sol sistere’ meaning ‘Sun standstill’. As the sun reaches its furthest point from the equator the Solstice marks the longest day of the year. The most popular celebrations take place at STONEHENGE which is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. STONEHENGE is believed to have been constructed about 3,000 years ago.
During the Summer Solstice the sun appears to stand still as it reaches its highest point before moving off toward the horizon. The longest day of the year is a cause of celebration for many, whether you feel a spiritual connection to the power of the sun or are simply relieved that summer has finally arrived. The Solstice is also of significance to the Indigenous/First Nations People across Canada who traditionally gather and celebrate that event on June 21. Summer Solstice is officially declared as National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD).
Three of my four paintings include images of flowers in sunlight and there is one displaying waterlilies with reflections from the sun.