Little Winter Folk Art Painting

It is the new year and time to take stock and think about the future of where my art is going. Part of the assessment is over and my muse compelled me to collect this pile of new canvases indicating I should use them.

A pile of unused canvases on a table.
All purchased with projects in mind.

Inspired by the great “bomb cyclone” of 2018 and the deep freeze which proceeded it, my first painting is this little winter folk art paining. The abstract artist in me wanted to represent the hills of snow with patches of gray, white and blue indicating distance. Honestly I had more fun making those patches which led me to believe the next painting would have them. Those little quaint Colonial homes are painted with classic America colors. The tall bare tree includes two cardinals of bright red.

Folk art painting of snow covered hills, houses and tree.

 

Just for fun I’ve created a recipe template notebook with custom title and my little winter folk art painting on the covers. You can find this item in the Collection below.

Winter recipes notebookWinter folk recipes notebook and pages.

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Two Swedish Yule Goats

The third of my Scandinavian series of linoleum block prints is called Two Swedish Yule Goats. The Yule goat with its Germanic Pagan beginnings has always intrigued me. In Sweden the goats first origins of Pre-Christian lore to when the people worshiped the Norse God Thor. It is said Thor rode a chariot across the sky drawn by two goats named Tanngrisnir and Tanngnj├│str.

The history of the Yule Goat takes various twists and turns with various traditions interwoven in the Swedish culture. Most often you can find woven straw goats adorned with a red ribbon as ornaments, illustrations of St. Nicholas riding a goat or giant erected goat placed in town centers for the Christmas holiday.

Linoleum block print of two Swedish Yule Goats, snowflake and leaves..
Linoleum block print of two Swedish Yule Goats.

Like the other Scandinavian holiday printmaking projects found on this blog, I’ve found wonderful ways to create Christmas products to share. Visit my Lasgalen Arts Christmas category in my Zazzle store.

 

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Red Poinsettia Linoleumcut

As part of my Scandinavian print project as mentioned in White Hearts and Red Stars, this next relief is a simple poinsettia motif. I enjoy carving this eight petaled flower because it made me happy to do so. It has a folk art like quality and maybe a little whimsical too.

Scandinavian designed red poinsettia print.
Scandinavian designed red poinsettia print.

I’m very pleased with this linocut print so I made it available for prints, pillows and more. Below you can see the design on travel mug. There are many more products to choose from including apparel, home decor items and much more in my Lasgalen Arts Redbubble store.

Pattern of red flowers on white background
There are three styles of mugs to choose from with my Red Poinsettia Linoleumcut design.

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