Summer Solstice by Janet Takahashi

Sol+stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun”+”to stand still.” As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

Le Soleil watercolor, rubber stamped images by Janet Takahashi

It is summer-warm, the sunflowers are the compass in the garden and turn their faces to track the sun. The longer days of warm light means more time to paint, play, and eat ice cream. Straw hat, sunglasses, tee shirts and shorts, (shoes optional) become the wardrobe for three months. Summer sounds like tinkling ice in lemonade, and waterfalls cooling the rocks at the end of a hike. I am barefoot in the grass while dining alfresco. Juicy sweet strawberries and cold watermelon are my natural thirst quenchers. I stand still with eyes closed and feel the cool waft of breeze on my sweated brow. New starry constellations appear in the moving midnight indigo sky. I fall asleep under the veil of fragrant Midnight Blooming Jasmine. Summer is here…Yaay!

The sun above was painted with beeswax resist and brilliant colored Procion Dyes-fiber reactive from Jacquard.

Le Soleil suns were created with a brayer of Liquitex acrylic over rubber stamps on Japanese rice paper. Lettering was brush hand lettered using watercolor.