I haven’t done much painting this year but for some reason over the past few weeks I got the feeling that I wanted to draw a gnome inspired picture! (maybe this little man has something to do with it?)
I have a bit of a soft spot for gnomes and I love Christmas so I combined the two to create this cute, festive water colour painting.
Here are some other pictures of gnomes that I love and inspired me to attempt this little picture. Enjoy!
And here is a little history about gnomes and their link to Christmas :
Gnomes are typically small creatures that live underground and have human-like features. The Father Christmas Letters, also known as Letters from Father Christmas, are a collection of letters written and illustrated byJ. R. R. Tolkien between 1920 and 1942 for his children, from Father Christmas. In The Father Christmas Letters Red Gnomes are helpful creatures who come from Norway to the North Pole to assist Father Christmas and his Elves in fighting the wicked Goblins.
A Tome is a mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. It is generally no taller than three feet, has a long white beard and wears red or other colorful clothes. It is known as a gift bearer and is considered one of the Swedish and Norwegian versions of Santa Claus, although not the same thing.