16.000 x 20.000 inches
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Painting - Watercolor
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Four snow geese fly over a quiet little town (visible are a red barn,a country church and a couple of red country farm houses) nestled in wooded hills.A gentle snow flurry decorates the evergreens,vines and shrubs and rocks surrounding a secluded pond (or lake).A few red holly berries are framed by a circular vine.The snow goose is associated with the full moon and the winter solstice in Native American mythology.Snow geese come in two color morphs, the white or snow and a blue /grey variety called the blue goose. The two will intermate and offspring may be of either variety. Snow geese are migratory birds and mate for life.Four is symbolic of the four directions,the four seasons.In numerology four is the manifestation of the first three numbers - the making real the dream.
Winter solstice is the celebration of the shortest day of the year. It has been celebrated for thousands of years by feasts,rituals and the telling of stories of ghosts ascending from the darkness and of gods. In Ireland, a prehistoric tomb - Newgrange opens up facing the winter solstice sunrise, and Stongehenge seems to be arranged facing the winter solstice sunset.The ancient Roman feast of Saturnalia was a week long celebration of the solstice and included such practices as masters serving slaves and the giving of gifts, a tradition which may have influenced the tradition of giving gifts at Christmas. There are many other celebrations associated with the winter solstice.
A serene country landscape perfect for living or family room,dining room,bedroom,hallway or office.This piece would also be lovely in a country cabin ,bed & breakfast,country inn or a restaurant.Beautiful framed in a wood frame with a white or blue matt or a more modern black frame. Also a wonderful selection for Christmas or note cards.
� 2012 Ellen Lynn Levinson (Ellyn)
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January 10th, 2013
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