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Midwinter Blues by tinablondell Midwinter Blues by tinablondell
The subject of this painting refers to a Finnish-American folk cure for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which involves bathing with grasses and herbs. The leaves are Labrador Tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum), collected from a Black Spruce bog on the shores of the Stony River, near Isabella, Minnesota.

Reference: Salo, Matt T. (1973). Roles of Magic and Healing: The Tietaja in the Memorates and Legends of Canadian Finns. Publications in Folk Culture, No. 3, National Museum of Man, National Museums of Canada, Ottowa.
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stopanimalcrultey Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
thats nasty. good job though!
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CalandrielAurealin Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Wow. I will have to try this. I am Finnish, I have SAD and I love tea!

P.S. The angle of this makes the composition all that more striking! The foreshortening of the face is fantastic.
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kutyus-REX Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, how on earth did you paint that? :o
Love how it almost looks like a photograph, and love the colors :] Looks very much like tea.
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tamajinn Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
I thought this was beautiful, even in the thumbnail version. I was surprised it wasn't a photograph!
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LliaOlsen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
made me feel uneasy at first, I thought they were leaches or something. :)

Nice painting.
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