Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Art of Norwegian Rosemaling

Have you seen pictures of a art form that is new to you and thought "I love that"! That was my reaction when I first saw the decorative flower painting known as Rosemaling. As the name implies, this art form originated in Norway some two hundred years ago and at the time was done by the Norwegian peasants who roamed from country to country painting for their living. The art was spread this way and was in turn brought to the U.S. by Norwegian immigrants.

This type of folk art is usually painted on wood, most popular are plates and other small wooden objects, although furniture such as large cabinets look wonderful with a Rosemal design on them.

Rosemaling designs are painted using the C & S strokes and features flowing lines and scroll work. The colors are usually muted and would fit into almost any modern decor. I think a trio of plates would look wonderful in any kitchen or dining room and can be personalized with names or family history.

The Prayer plate shown here was painted by Jean Honl, who has been doing Rosemaling painting for over 30 years. Please clink on the link below to visit Jean's website.

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