Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice 2013

"Sun Shaman Emerging Spirit," 47"x59", © 1980 Norval Morrisseau ~ Sold through Maslak McLeod Gallery, Toronto, Ontario; Owner Mr. Joseph McLeod /Click on image to Enlarge/

The winter solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet's polar hemisphere is farthest away from the star that it orbits. Earth's maximum axial tilt to our star, the Sun, during a solstice is 23° 26'. More evident from high latitudes, a hemisphere's winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest. Since the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, other terms are often used for the day on which it occurs, such as midwinter, the longest night or the first day of winter.

Note: The genuine Norval Morrisseau painting in this post was published on page 52 in Maslak McLeod's "Norval Morrisseau: The Development of the Woodland School of Art", owner Mr. Joseph McLeod.

This catalogue's foreword given by James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (click HERE)

~ The acrylic painting on canvas in this post: "Sun Shaman Emerging Spirit", 47"x59", © 1980 Norval Morrisseau /Private Collection/

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