This Hallingdal, Norsk catchall was painted in 2007 using JoSonja acrylics. It measures 9” x 15 ¾” x 3/8”.
This wood piece design came from an antique purchased by Fujio Murase. He gave me permission to reproduce it, with some changes, for his seminars. Items similar to this were used in Norway in a bigger size to hold mittens, odds and ends, etc. It is a handy devise to hold all those little important things it’s hard to find a home for.
Hallingdal, along with Telemark produced the most numerous painters and reached great heights in artistic development. The painting here is especially connected to the Sata-Baera School in Al, where the first known Norwegian rosemaler, Truge Gunhildgard (born 1699) decorated several interiors. He was a pioneer and did not create the local style as we know it. The style stems from the Sata-Baera School and those associated with it. I incorporated scrolls and some of the flower forms in this symmetrical design.
The Hallingdal design can be painted on your favorite background color: Black, Black Green, Galaxy Blue, Galaxy Blue + Forest Green or Teal Green (1 to 1), Teal Green or Spice are good Hallingdal colors. Spice has now been discontinued. The mix is: 3 parts Indian Red Oxide, 2-3 parts Gold Oxide and 1 part Red Earth.
The packet includes 3 pages of instructions, four enlarged photographs and the line drawing.
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