Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dalmålning - Swedish Painting

By Taryn
After the old table project, one of my first Norwegian Rosemaling projects on furniture with acrylics instead of oils, I was ready for another painting project - this time in the Swedish style called Dalmålning. I used a canvas and a traditional old design I found on the internet. The design was probably painted in the early 1800's originally.
This wall painting is at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, painted in 1983 by Swedish painter Bengt Engman, who was commissioned to come and decorate their ballroom and other areas of the museum in the same style as the old Dalmålning paintings, but with a theme based on the Emigration from Sweden to America.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Alexandria Antique Shops

Every summer I try to make at least one day where I go downtown Alexandria and slowly make my way through all the different shops. Since the big box stores moved in, the Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc. and the mall was built, downtown had to evolve into something else. No more shoe stores or JCPenney. I think the only store that is still downtown from my childhood is an office supply store, some jewelry stores and Ben Franklin, which now is mostly a craft store. This summer's find was a cute tablecloth for $6, from Sweden. The folk dress from the island of Gotland is on the left, below.
Here's a link to another view of Gotland's folkdrakt.

Summer in the Fall

Tracy and I - We spent time today with Cyndi, then Mom, and visited Tracy's friend, also at Knute for rehab. Then a good walk, grilling with the guys, and several games of Farkel. A busy and fun Saturday.
A year ago this weekend we had snow. Yesterday Alexandria reached a high of 84 degrees F. Today some Minnesota towns reached 90. The down side - mosquitoes. We haven't had a frost or hard freeze yet. The leaves are off most of the trees here, or golden leaves still on the trees reflect the sun, so the light is amazing.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Old Table

Chuck's mom had an old table at her house, which we then had at the cabin, then in a basement closet. After I'm off of work for a while in the summer, my creativity comes back. (Plus a few rainy days lately.) I started with Kilz primer.
I used acrylics in little bottles that I bought at Ben Franklin in Alexandria for both the background colors and the Rosemaling. I'd always used oils, but the joy of acrylics is they dry right away, and that's also the pain of using them. It's not easy to fix mistakes.

The designs are adapted from "Rosemaling fra hele Norge" edited by Bjørg Oseid Kleivi. The main design is from a Rosemaler named Marie Strædet, from Marnardal. The style is from Vest Agder county in southern Norway. The lacy border is from a Bjørg Oseid Kleivi design.

Road work continues

Taken from the front door.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Bedman Freeway

The road at Lake Ida reminds me of the book "The Little House" by Virginia Lee Burton.
If you want to watch the Disney video of the book,
In 1985 our road was a narrow two track road with grass growing down the middle, that wound right through the resort yard.
I don't have a before photo from 1985, but here is the road this week, in progress. One more layer of tar to go.

Friday, August 6, 2010


Renee and I went fishing today. Without any high tech stuff we caught 15 nice sunnies down by Bedman's.