© Ashley Lebedev | Bottle Bell ™ I'm back from the edges of the Earth, just momentarily. Just long enough to post this. And it was time for a change. A blonde one. And then it goes without saying - a self portrait was in order. Sooo sooo soo much has happened over the last year. (deep life sighs) All I can really say about this image is that I don't think images like this one can be created without a significant life experience to go behind them. Self Portraiture continues to be (for me, but…
Kalevala: Martta Wendelin
Martta Wendelin (1893-1986) kuvasi korteissaan useinkin tavallista elämää sen monissa muodoissa. Kultatähkäsarjan korteissa oli pieni runonpätkä Kalevalasta tai Kantelettaresta. Näillä Kalavalakorteilla kerättiin rahaa "Tuberkuloosista toipuvien kodittomien naisten työkodin hyväksi." Sarja julkaistiin 1932 ja siitä tehtiin uusintapainoksia 1934, 1943 ja 1944. Pieni paimenpoika kutsuu karjaa koolle. Kansallispukuinen äiti pitää pientä lasta sylissään. Perhe on mennyt uimaan kallioiselle…
TAPIO [noun] an East Finnish forest spirit or god, who figured prominently in the Kalevala. Hunters prayed to him before a hunt. His wife is the goddess of the forest, Mielikki. He was the father of Annikki, Tellervo, Nyyrikki (the god of hunting), and Tuulikki. Fitting the Green Man archetype, Tapio is often depicted with a beard of lichen and eyebrows of moss.
Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Aino' triptych (left-hand panel). The young Aino's first meeting with Väinämöinen. Aino has been promised in marriage to Väinämöinen since her brother, Joukahainen, lost a magic singing contest to him. Perhaps understandably, she would rather die.
The Life and Art of Finnish Artist Sigfrid August Keinänen
Sigfrid August Keinänen was a Finnish painter and teacher of drawing, known best now for his portraits as well as for his Kalevala artwork
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'Louhi steals the sun' an original illustration from a series of illustrations inspired by Finnish folklore. "Louhi, hostess of Pohyola, Northland's old and toothless wizard, Makes the Sun and Moon her captives; In her arms she takes fair Luna From her cradle in the birch-tree, Calls the Sun down from his station, From the fir-tree's bending branches, Carries them to upper Northland, To the darksome Sariola; Hides the Moon, no more to glimmer, In a rock of many colors; Hides the Sun, to…