ART FROM SWEDEN TO AUSTRALIA
We Swedes are weird, you know in a nice way, and it wasn’t until we immigrated to Australia that I realized that fact. Well if you don’t believe me take a look at the painting below. That’s an Easter painting that I was commissioned to do by my American gallery a few years ago. The owner like me is Swedish and I had free reign to paint whatever I choose as long as it was to do with Easter. Notice something strange about it, what’s with all the witches on broomsticks I hear you say???? Well that’s perfectly normal, no little cute bunnies for us Swedes, no we have witches flying around and flying off to Blakulla (the Blue Mountain) to meet the man downstairs!
As a child we would dress up as Easter witches, raided mums or grandma’s wardrobe for long skirts wore colourful head scarves and painted our cheeks red, and then we would go from house to house in our neighbourhood and knock on the doors and be given lollies and sometimes fruit. Much like the Americans does for Halloween.
We would also spend a day painting boiled eggs which would later be eaten for the Easter celebration together with a smorgasbord feast. We would go and pick small branches and twigs of willow and birch (the ones with lots of soft little fury buds, so cute!) and then we would decorate it with feathers and small witches on broomsticks and other decorations much like a little Christmas tree.
Here is the painting framed and now you can see the eggs on the side. Yes we would receive an Easter egg to but not one made from chocolate, instead it was made from cardboard with bright pictures on it or from plastic and usually filled to the brim with lollies and chocolates.
But of course mine was a bit different, always being the eccentric (oh yes I do admit that). So what do you think mine was filled with, something really yummy, that I could not usually eat as much of as I would like of course….a jar of peanut butter that’s what. Weird kid, weird Swedish kid.lol
If you fancy seeing this painting animated with all the witches flying around use this link on Youtube Art and Music with Marie
Here is a true fact from the book “The mammoth book of useless information”
Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, the same chemical that your brain produces when you fall in love.
So eat up good folks and also happy painting and sculpting everyone!
Till next time
Love Marie xxx
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