Rosemaling Bjorn Pettersen
Community, Painting

A Timeless Norwegian Art

What is Rosemaling? A traditional form of Norwegian decoration folk art, practised more in America today than in Norway itself. Find out why.

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Forestwood
Community

How to Design your own Artwork – Week #1 Design Challenge

There are a variety of elements used in every artistic design or piece. Principles applied to the elements bring them together in an eye-pleasing cohesive unit. Knowing this can make the difference between being able to produce an attractive or disjointed piece. A design challenge can improve your skill level, inspire you to extend yourself, and give you confidence in your designing skills. My focus is on traditional art but this challenge could apply to any artistic pursuit.

pottery
Community

Traditional Art – Boleslawiec Stoneware

Now situated in modern day Poland, Bolesławiec was once part of the Prussian empire, and the centuries long tradition of painting earthenware, with traditional patterns, is very much tied to the cultural history of the town.

Community

Why Make it Yourself? Travel theme – Handmade

When it comes to darning socks, almost no-one does it anymore. Cheap items and time poor couples with high disposable income, have relegated simple repairs to low priced essentials, to the pages of history books. Shouldn't we be overjoyed that we are freed from the yoke of menial tasks?

Community, Painting, Traditional Art

Traditional Art – Painted Easter Eggs

Everyone loves chocolate eggs at Easter time, but for some cultures, eggs are much more significant and have turned into a traditional art form. This month, in Traditional Art from around the world, I showcase some examples of Painted Easter Eggs.

Traditional Art

Rangoli – What is it? (Women in Art)

Rangoli is a traditional women’s art form common in Hindu households throughout southern India. Designs are drawn directly on the ground and entranceways as part of a ritualistic religious practice. The front steps, entrance, and walkways of buildings are properly cleaned and then decorated with designs and patterns made with chalk powders. There are a remarkable variety of styles and motifs which vary according to the tribal groups and festivals.

History & Traditions, Traditional Art

Traditional Art forms – The Omnipresent Tulip

No matter where you travel, in the world, within each region you will find examples of  innovative forms of folk art. These are not completed by the skilled artisan, but rather by the common person, often with little training and few tools, simply decorating their homes and surrounds. Historically, an itinerant artist might travel from… Continue reading Traditional Art forms – The Omnipresent Tulip

Community, History & Traditions

2014 review – Thank you readers! Much appreciated.

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. The year in review