In researching the history of Mount Horeb for the troll coloring book, I learned about this woman Oleanna Cunneen. She was of Norwegian descent, and she did a lot of art in a very traditional, Norwegian style. She was the first troll creator in Mount Horeb. Her trolls were about a foot high, usually, and were displayed in store fronts around town. (aside: She even sent one to then President Ronald Reagan!) When she painted on wooden boards, she often used a rosemaling border.
I wanted to incorporate that into my coloring book, The Trolls of Mount Horeb, some sort of Oleanna Cunneen-inspired border, so I ended up doing this around the poetry. I then realized (a bit too late) that if I surround the poetry with something to color, then I have back-to-back coloring, which it appears colorists don’t care for much. The whole point of the poems is so that every other page will not have coloring. Also, I like writing poetry. But, anyway, it seems too late to change it. Sorry not sorry? Maybe the borders will only bleed through to around the outer edges of the trolls, and then the trolls will have a border, too. Though, probably not. Probably, this is just a big goof.
Maybe it’s a huge mistake. Maybe, it’s the best thing ever! Probably something in between.
Either way, doesn’t look like Rosemaling until you color it.
Post a picture you colored from a book by Shoshanah Marohn onto the “Artsy Fartsy Coloring with Shoshanah Marohn” group page. (Or, if your book is still in the mail, you can’t find your book, you can’t afford a book: color this picture and post.)
When: Post the picture by noon on March 2nd, 2017.
Why: Because it’s fun, silly.
How to increase your odds: Post more than one picture! Every picture is an entry. Colored pictures on this page make me happy.
Another way is to have some really weird dudes visit you as you sketch them and their strange beard ecosystems. I speak from experience when I say, “Live models are a huge mistake! Bird poop everywhere! I’m missing my left thumb now! And those prima-dona beardos with their holier than thou attitudes? No, just make this stuff up. It’s better that way.”
After eighteen years of sweat, tears, and bird poop, at least I got a good coloring book out of it.