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This Os catchall was painted on a Smoked Pearl background using JoSonja acrylics in 2005 for a seminar on a Smoked Pearl background. The catchall comes from Norwegian Woods in Machesney Park, IL. I did trim the edges to conform to the shape of the bowl.
Os is located in the Hordaland flyke just south of Bergen. Johannes Johannessen Tveiteras (1763-1842) is perhaps the first rosemalers from this area. One of his two sons, Nil Tveiteras Midhus (1795-1875) moved to Os in 1820 where he developed his distinctively different style. He combined Telemark elements with geometric designs and old Hordaland motifs. White, blue or red backgrounds with bright design colors were typical. His son, Annanias Midthus Tveit (1847-1924) further developed the tradition with great creativity and love of color. Rosemaling bloomed late in this area and didn’t reach its peak until the turn of the 20th Century. I based this symmetrical design on the work of Annanias M. Tveit.
The packet includes three pages of instruction, 3 enlarged photographs and the line drawing.