Friday, March 28, 2008


I have just finished an 8-week rosemaling course. It met on Thursdays for 8 weeks. I missed two weeks because I was traveling, but I did do some painting.


Here are the things I painted in this class. Rosemaling is Norwegian folk painting, that is normally done on wood. It can be done on other surfaces, but wood is the most common one. I, however don't feel I'm good enough to paint on a lot of wooden objects. I am still practicing and learning, so I do a lot of painting on paper. sometimes if the design turns out well I scan it and make cards from it. So during this class I painted many designs on paper as well as 3 wooden plates.

 cream-plate I paint free-hand and my designs are my own. Many rosemalers, especially at the level I paint trace designs or sketch out designs before they start, but I'm just too lazy to do it that way. This is a 6-inch plate.




blue-circle-card This is one I did on paper, scanned and added the outer color on my computer, to use as a card. This is the extent of my photo-enhancing skills.





brown-plate This is a 7-inch wooden plate.






I did these three yesterday. The teacher had left a sketch on the board from the previous day's class and I used that as inspiration for this design, which I did three times with ththree bagse same colors, but slight variations in the design. I cannot do 2 identical designs.






Finally, this is inspired by a painted sketch done by Norwegian rosemaler Nils Elingsgard. 


Kelley said...

I think they are all beautiful and if that is what you call a beginner, then I can't imagine what an experienced rosemaler looks like.

C├ęcile said...

Thanks Kelley.

My teachers are experienced rosemalers, so I see what their painting looks like. I'm not there yet, but I have made a lot of progress since I started.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful work. You should be very proud...thanks for sharing the pictures.