Original art by Andrew Thornton from his 2019 Holiday Collection. Listing is for one piece; you will receive the one shown in the photo. We make every attempt to portray colour as realistically as possible, however, not all screens are the same. Please note that actual colour may vary from what is seen on your screen. For more information, please feel free to email us at email@example.com with the item name.
Size is approximately 8” x 10”. Acrylic and mixed media on wood with several layers of gesso and an absorbent ground.
From Andrew: The folklore of La Befana, also known as the Christmas Witch, hails from parts of Italy. Flying through the air, La Befana delivers presents and candy to the good children and lumps of coal to the naughty. She's basically Santa, but an old woman riding a broom (that has the power to sweep away the problems of the previous year). Hold the milk and cookies. La Befana prefers wine and cakes.
Some depictions show her as a dirty, soot-covered hag who wears rags and a scowl. I decided to paint my version. She's usually shown dirty, because she can fly down chimneys. But, I figure, if you have a spell to slip through heating ducts, you must have a spell to keep clean. I wanted to show her as colorful and benevolent, as the stories about her.
To make the painting, I start out by creating layers of paint and salt on wood paneling. Once everything is dry, I sand down the surface and remove all the crunchies. It creates a really neat patterning. To that, I add more layers of acrylic paintings, iridescent pigments, and metallic paints. And when they're done, I seal them.
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