After painting St. Lucia at Christmas and professing my undying love for folky Swedish style in the past, I’ve been asked if I am Swedish…I’m not (sigh.) But I found out recently that my married name, Sleightholm, while English in origin is also ‘Nordic derived,’ coming ,out of the viking settlements of Britain. So, hey, that’s sorta Scandinavian, right? Close enough? I can now confidently paint my St. Lucias and Dala Horses and feel rather northern with my name people rarely can pronounce (it’s SLYT-holm, by the way.)
After being out of sorts lately, I’ve taken some time to step back and search quietly in myself for inspiration. The internet can be a marvelous thing, but I find that it can over-saturate me with things meant to be inspiring, and suddenly I feel like I can’t process anything and I sort of wilt under the pressure.
But I found that my old love of Scandinavian art and style can still get my muse revived, and so I’m working on some new little projects. I’m also daydreaming about visiting Lindsborg, Kansas, which is about 4 hours away from me. It’s supposed to be Little Sweden! In Kansas! There are Dala Horses! And Tomtes! It sounds like heaven! Has anyone ever gone? I’m very curious about it. I’m wondering if I could just get in the car and get out in 4 hours and indulge in some Swedish loveliness, or if its one of those places where you need to go during a festival of some sort to get the full effect. But I’m loving the idea of it. And I’m painting again. And that’s what is important!
I’m thinking too a fun thing to do with these dala horses might be to offer custom paintings and add the customer’s Swedish surname to it. That way it would be a sweet little family treasure.
Alright well, back to work!~
Til next time,