In this week’s challenge from the Daily Post, Ben has asked us to light up the comment section:  “In time for the shortest days of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere), let’s give our trusty lightbulbs, flickering candles, and pedestrian street lamps their due respect… Take a look around you. Choose one of the light sources you see, and make it the focus of your challenge entry.”

A Light in the Darkness, watercolor, 7" x 5"

A Light in the Darkness, watercolor, 7″ x 5″

My brother asked me to let him use one of my paintings for his Christmas card this year, and suggested the candle picture that I had painted last year.  I decided to repaint the picture since I didn’t like the greenery of the first painting.  I went to our father’s house and picked up bits of holly that had fallen off a tree (his dog doesn’t like stepping on the spiny leaves!) and used them to surround the candle.

As we in the northern hemisphere approach the shortest day of the year, may your days (and evenings) be filled with cheerful light!