Friday, December 4, 2009

Feasting and fire, a winning combination

Here's the first sketch for another commission: Tiffany celebrating the feast of St. Lucia! All I know about it at this point is that fire and food are involved, which is promising. Little girls wear candles on their heads and serve foodamajigs for some reason. (I have not done my research yet.)

This painting is going to be a challenge. Lots of little lines and details are needed, and I won't be able to fit the full form into the canvas space. I'll have to focus on a waist-up look, I guess. Won't know until I try it!


Al S. Romero said...

Pretty candles, just out of curiosity, what is the celebration.

Anonymous said...

Well, it's a commission to celebrate the Feast of St. Lucia-the patron saint of the blind (283 A.D. to 304 A.D.). The Scandinavian countries have a tradition that on the Feast of St. Lucia (December 13), the eldest daughter in the family dresses in a long white dress with a scarlet sash and a crown of lingonberry or whortleberry greenery set with flaming candles. She serves the parents either coffee or spiced wine and lussekattor.

Al S. Romero said...

Oh, okay.