I hope you had lovely holidays and made the leap into the new year with giant, trusting, courageous steps.
In 2014 we in Finland celebrate our beloved writer and artist Tove Jansson (she was born 100 years ago). I have read Moomin books many, many times, but this year I am going to read them once again and am determined to search for some of her other works as well. Tove Jansson has been loved to pieces in our house and not a week goes by without one of us making a citation from her books/comic books or the TV series. Moominmamma is my role model. If you think she is overwhelming because she is too perfect, you need to look closer and pay close attention to her and her behavior. I am beginning my Jansson year by reading the Midwinter book first.
Talking about fairy tales...
Carla Sonheim, my dear art teacher (on-line), is launching a new year-long art journey. 2013 was the Year of the Giraffe and this year is going to be the Year of the Fairy Tale.
Those participating will get 8 assignments during the year, I believe 8 different fairy tales to illustrate with various techniques. I really cannot wait to begin. I love Carla's way of encouraging and teaching and from every single on-line course I have learned a lot. If you have ever dreamed about drawing or illustrating, Carla has a nice way to get you started and inspired.
When Carla introduced the course, she had illustrated few scenes from the Little Red Riding Hood. I have had the fairy tale and her images on my brain for a couple of weeks now and of course I had to take a dip into Little Red's world. My first media is always fiber, somehow I cannot leave that behind, as much as I love to draw and would love to do it more and plan to do more (!!), I always reach for fiber, so my very first attempt was felted Red.
Pinterest is a rabbit hole as has been mentioned many times all over the internet. Lately I have been fascinated by Japanese Kokeshi dolls. I don't know much about them, just what is there in Wikipedia,
although I would love to know more. Pinterest has lots of Kokeshi doll pictures and with those in mind, I present you my Little Red Riding Hood. (I tried to avoid making her too cute and added roughness with the patchwork nose... when I made it, I was sure about the nose, but I keep having doubts... should I replace it with something else...??)
My Little Red has really long ribbons in her hat, she has to be very careful not to trip over but she did not let me cut them any shorter. She loves flowers. She is a little bit shy and she is suspicious, don't you think when you look at her face. I wonder if she has already met the wolf and has realized that there is more in his character than meets the eye... or if she has seen the wolf dressed in Grandmother's clothing and is not buying the wolf's act as Grandmother. Anyway, she is not stupid and is not easily fooled.
The weather has been very mild, the temperature has been around zero C for quite a while and this has made the walking weather great. Now that I have new ice-walking shoes with very sharp pikes, I have had no problems with icy roads. There is very little day-light, it seems to be grey and dark all the time but the mild temperature feels so good, that I almost feel like going for another round and not wanting to come inside after my daily dog walk. Anyway, this situation is about to change, it should be cold by the end of the week.
Cheers to fairy tales and to a good new year and
Wool with you,
PS. Taking good pictures in this dim light continues to be difficult and impossible...