Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Plus… I passed 10,000 views on my blog a few days ago! YAY! Thanks for your interest in this hobby of mine. Would be fun one day to turn this into something a bit more regular, but for a side-project and creative outlet, I feel like this has been going well enough. Pass on any posts you like, and I’ll try to keep finding time for some more substantial posts.
Pictured above is Tomten (=the tomte/the farm spirit, aka nisse), laboring hard on Christmas eve, since, well, SOMEBODY has to keep working. Plus the Swedish Santa is called Jultomten (the Christmas Tomte), so I figured it would be appropriate to show a more normal tomte at his labors. Doesn’t look like he’s carrying many presents? Well, appearances can be deceiving. A farmer once saw his farm’s tomte pulling one tiny little straw towards the farm, and making a pretty big deal about it. Naturally the farmer made fun of him. The tomte was offended, and said he’d just go ahead and start dragging hay from his old farm to the neighbor’s farm (previously it had gone the other way around)–and as soon as he turned around and started dragging his load the other way, the farmer saw that tomten actually had an enormous pile of hay on his back. From then on the farmer’s neighbor prospered, while his own farm fell on hard times. Or at least that’s how I remember it. Pretty sure it happened to a friend of a friend.
This is my first real attempt at a winter scene (not counting the Thor-as-Santa and Iðunn revisited in my last post)–hoping I will improve as I spend some more time in Minnesota. I played a bit w/ the saturation and contrast, think maybe I got it a bit close to the feel of the illustrations for the children’s book based on Viktor Rydberg’s poem Tomten, adapted by Astrid Lindgren.