Usually the Vaette wore gray, but if you ever saw a Vaette with a red cap you could be sure it was dressed up for some special occation. People used to say that when the Vaette marched through the forest in long columns, it was a sign of change, of seasons shifting, of new eras to come. Many claimed to have seen a glimpse of their pointy caps in the depth of the forest, but none could ever be sure.
My Christmas Card for this year. I'm a bit early since I need time to get them printed etc. Vaettebron
literally means "The Bridge for Vaette". The ae is really the Swedish letter Ä. I couldn't find a good English translation for "Vaette" - the closest might be "Gnome". They are small michievous entities usually found close to humans, a relative of the "Tomte" and the "Vittra". Whereas the mythos does exist in Scandinavia, the above text and image is my own interpretation.
All done in MyPaint + GIMP over about 8 hours. Original is over 7000 pixels wide, there are lots of details that don't really come across when scaled down here (will be fun to see how much is seen in print). Comments and feedback appreciated!
I did a recording when painting this, if you are interested you can find it on YouTube here: [link]
Making a Christmas card has become a tradition for me. Here are my previous ones (all can be gotten as a print):
2010 (Good neighbours
2009 (Surprise gift
2008 (Night in the troll forest
2007 (We're THIS tight!