This dreamy winter solstice color palette evokes the romance of a chilly sunrise, with its frosty blues and grays, along with subtle pink and dusty rose.
I am neither a morning person, nor a cold weather person, but this time of year I get plenty of both mornings and cold. As the winter solstice draws near, I find myself longing for more sunlight. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. And the earthly effect of all this astronomical maneuvering is that my mornings are colder and darker each day.
I feel this in my soul, as much as my body.
But in the darkness, I remind myself that hope is just around the corner, ready to dawn in just a few days as the winter solstice passes and we get a splash more sun in each day. (And I drink a lot of coffee.)
Soon the sun will rise a few minutes earlier, and stay a few minutes longer. I know the coldest part of winter is still ahead, but somehow my soul feels warmer from the sun, even if my body still shivers when I step outside.
Winter Color Palette
To celebrate this tiny bit of hope, I’m putting together some colors on the cool end of the spectrum, along with a glimpse of warm peachy pink to bring the sun to this winter solstice color palette.
I love this picture for the calmness of the snow-laden trees, while the sky begins to light up with the energy of a new day. In the palette, I tried to capture the balance between the stillness of the night and the promise of activity that a new day brings to the horizon.
With the sunrise and the solstice, the world balances on the edge of newness and promise. We may be standing in the dark, but the light is dawning just ahead.
Just as the angels proclaimed, on a dark night many years ago:
Behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army of angels praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom He is pleased.”Luke 2:10-14
May your days be warmer and sunnier ahead, and in the meantime, may your winter nights bring calm and peace. Merry Christmas!