It's the end of #Gnomevember! This is Nis. A mischievous little gnome (Tomte/Nisse) from the Norwegian woodland. He is out looking for winter berries to distill into a liquor; it's excellent for keeping warm in those frozen winter months. He is also the subject of my holiday card this year!
A time-lapse of my most recent painting.
One of the most beloved creatures of Scandinavian Folklore is the Nisse, also known as Tomtenisse or just Tomte. The nisse is a predecessor to Santa Claus. They are imagined as small, elderly men, standing about 2-3 ft. tall with a full beard and wearing a traditional farmer’s garb from olden times in Scandinavia.
Merry Christmas! (A little early) Here is my Fairy Pin Up illustration for the month of December. I ended up spending much more time on this than originally intended and I think [...]