|"Within" acrylic on masonite board 40 x 60 cm by Christina Lank|
The painting is called "Within" - painted with a mix of standard Galeria acrylics, and Golden Open acrylics. Its painted on a gessoed masonite board measuring 40 x 60 cm (15.7 x 23.6 inches approx.)
I have kept the main character in this painting a bit of a mystery this time around. The reason being I think shes quite unique, and not always portrayed in fantasy paintings - even though she is a creature from well documented folklore.
Please welcome my Huldra!
|Huldra painted with acrylics with her little owl friends ^^|
A Huldra - Plantie's little lesson:
I was first introduced to the Huldra from Neil Gaiman's book "Fragile Things" - which is the name sake of my new collection. The book is actually a series of short stories - one being a sortve epilogue to one of my favorite all time books "American Gods". In the story you follow the character Shadow, whom meets a Huldra in England...far away from her home in Norway....
A Huldra is a mythical creature originating from Norway and Sweden. In Norway she is depicted as an unusually beautiful woman with a cows tail. In Sweden - the cows tail may also be a fox's.
The name Huldra is a derivative of the word "covered" or "secret" and she is known as "skogsfru" meaning The Lady of the Forest.
The back of a huldra is hollow, like a tree trunk. Of which for this painting I placed little baby owls ^^ Because well, I just didnt think it should be empty!
|Baby owls sitting in the Huldra's hollowed out back|
There are alot of stories about what Huldra's did with humans. Some men say that Huldra seduced them and left them their ugly little babies on their doorsteps. Or that they drained all their energy away.
In "Fragile Things" it describes part of the legend of how Huldras would fall in love with farmers, and that their tails would fall off the more time she spent as a wife - but she always retained her supernatural strength and would demostrate it to a disobedient or abusive husband.
|oops, one fell out!|
Interestingly, they claim that Huldras originate from a biblical setting - being the children Eve didnt have time to wash before God came to visit their home - God then decreed the dirty ones she hid from him would be unseen by mankind and became the huldrer.
Fits into the quote from the book of which I base my collection from -
"These people ought to know who we are and tell that we are here"
Overall Huldra's are ones who require respect. If you respect them, are polite, and never mention their tail, The Lady of the Forest will reward you in turn!
I had a great time learning about Huldras, and painting my own depiction of one :D
I hope you enjoy her too, and her magical wood setting.
Remember dont mention her tail and have a great weekend!