This year as we celebrate the approach of the holidays, winter solstice has brought with it a very unusual total lunar eclipse, one of those very special celestial events, as if to remind us what a tiny part of the wonder of this universe we are.  This is the first time in over 450 years that the eclipse coincides with the solstice moon. So in the midst of the hustle bustle, some hearty souls braved the elements in the wee hours to sit back and enjoy the show in our winter sky.  Did you dare?

For those of us not able, or willing to step out into the winter night at 3:15 am to observe the beautiful copper colored moon, a few indoor scenes to warm the soul may be just the thing to chase the chill away.  So here I would like to share a bit of my Artigiano holiday, and to thank each and every one who has helped to make 2010 one of our most exciting years yet.  I will continue in my endeavor to capture some of what makes this solstice season so special, to bring that magic to your every day, to interpret both the mysterious dusky evenings and the hopeful emerging light.

The beautiful greeting and luminary above are treasured mementos from print maker, gardener, and artist friend Barbara Bell (thank you).

The very striking (no pun intended) doorway card in the upper left in this montage is from my cousin’s trip abroad this year that included England’s Winchester Cathedral, and they’ve used it as a joyful Christmas greeting.  January approaches, taking it’s name from the Roman mythological Janus, god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings, endings and time.  I hope that each and every open door will hold a promise of opportunity and well being this year.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and wishes for peace and happiness for all of
the special celebrations that come to us this time of year…
may your days be merry & bright.

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