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12-10-2007, 09:10 AM
This my Christmas elf of the year.
I paint one every year.

This one I is done in water colour on hot pressed paper.
I will upload the finished elf in a few days.
I am not sure if I am going to do a background because the traditional Danish Christmas Elves are used as cut out decoration to hang on the kitchen cupboard.

I did not finish her hair jet, I know it looks flat
I don't have a photo to work from just my imagination!
Any help on shadows are welcome!



12-10-2007, 12:25 PM
I am new to watercolor, but I think you elf looks wonderful. Can't wait to see the finished piece.

12-10-2007, 01:23 PM
:clap: :clap: :thumbsup: RANUNKEL, this is WONDERFUL! I love the sparkle in her eyes. That sounds like a lovely tradition. Merry Christmas to you.:heart:

12-10-2007, 01:30 PM
Oh, I love her!!!!! This is so well done, and what a wonderful tradition.

giddy up
12-10-2007, 01:36 PM
......hehe.....this is FANTASTIC........I love her.....great expression and colors

love it......nice work :)


12-10-2007, 07:39 PM
Perfect :clap:

12-10-2007, 08:10 PM
:wave: Hi! Ranunkel, she is endearing, I'll be back to see her charming self as you finish her painting. Thanks for sharing the tradition and custom of your elf. Regards, Marianne

12-10-2007, 09:51 PM
She is just precious! I can't wait to see her finished...

Laura D
12-10-2007, 10:33 PM
This is amazing! I love her! Do you have pics of the others you have done?

As far as shadows go just make sure they are soft and the angle and intensity is consistant with the rest of her. I'm sure you know that already.

12-10-2007, 10:38 PM

12-10-2007, 10:40 PM
FANTASTIC!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
What a wonderful tradition...and a beautiful painting!! Looking forward to seeing her finished! LOVE that big spoon!

12-11-2007, 12:04 AM
She is Wonderful !!
I know what you mean about the Christmas Cut -Out Elves .I bought 2 sets in Copenhagen about 25 years ago and have always put them on the Window sills . I did not know they belonged in the Kitchen !I have also several Gnomes that have Real hair for beards and they alao come out at Christmas . They are so Charming , I love them so much.They are the last to go back in the Box They are also different from our usual Ornaments.


12-11-2007, 05:14 AM
What a wonderful idea, great start.


12-11-2007, 01:28 PM
Hi all

Thanks for your kind words!
I painted my elf's dress to day, but I didn't get a photo, it's to dark now, and she is to large to go into my scanner. I will update you tomorrow.
You can read more about the Danish Christmas Elf at:

This is an Elf I did in 2004 in mixed media. I did her for our fridge. She was also done as a paper doll for a Christmas calendar (http://www.paperdollcafe.dk/dukker/nis-lone/nis-lone2004-index.htm). This elf was done in water soluble colour pencils, water colour and her outfits are done as collage.

lyn lynch
12-12-2007, 08:42 AM
Love this!!! Your 2004 is so cute but LOVE this kitchen elf. I haven't seen these since I stopped hanging out in Decorative Painting.

12-12-2007, 10:04 AM
I have started to paint her dress, but I still have some work to do.

12-12-2007, 10:44 AM
She is like everyone's Grandma... I love her...

12-12-2007, 03:41 PM
This is just so wonderful...love those buttons on her pockets!
Beautiful colors...I love her too...

12-12-2007, 03:58 PM
:clap: What a novel idea! Just super work. You are a treasure trove of ideas with the elf themes! :cat:

12-12-2007, 09:44 PM
OH MY!! This is just wonderful!!! What a delightful little woman!!

12-12-2007, 10:04 PM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! her face is absolutely charming and "adorable" in an old lady way. Well done. You've painted her beautifully.

12-17-2007, 10:12 AM
I nearly finished her, but I have to set her aside for some days now to get a fresh view on her.

It's very dark to day so my photo isn't very good, I will take a new if the light is better tomorrow.

My son has declare this elf to be the keeper of The Christmas pudding, so don't try to sneak into the kitchen by night she will swing that wooden spoon to keep you away from the pudding!


12-17-2007, 12:30 PM
Wonderful finish!!

12-17-2007, 01:01 PM
I don't know, but I think if you sweet-talked her, you might get
a bit of Christmas pudding whilst no one is looking!!

She reminds me of a dear friend of mine who was tough on the outside
(and could be if necessary) but just a sweetheart under that tough crunchy
exterior. What an endearing piece of art - you should be pleased! I love the
little details that you've added such as the lace holes along the bottom of
her apron, the embroidery and those buttons are just too cute. Love her
shoes too!

Thanks so much for sharing, I just love this type of art! It is illustrative, but
has a painterly feel to it! Super! ~ Emme

Laura D
12-17-2007, 01:54 PM
Utterly fantastic! I'm in love with her. You could illustrate books with this kind of work (or do you?)

12-17-2007, 05:29 PM
I love your Christmas elf!!! She is beautiful. You have given her a face that could tell stories!!!

12-17-2007, 07:30 PM
She is absolutely endearing, you painted her wonderfully and I love this tradition!!!