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Grandfather Frost

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 11 December 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

These wonderful carved Santa figurines come from Central Russia; mainly from the traditional art and craft villages surrounding Moscow. Some of these villages have centuries of wood-crafting tradition. Each Santa is individually handcrafted. Usually the carving and the painting are done by two different artists these are highly specialized skills. Some Santas are produced in small cooperatives with several artists working together to produce a quantity of pieces of the same design. Others are signed, one-of-a-kind art pieces produced by artists working independently in their own homes.

In Russia, Santa Claus in known as Grandfather Frost who is the spirit of winter and popular charactr in many Russian fairy tales. He is often depicted with his Granddaughter, the Snowmaiden, a pretty young girl usually dressed in blue. Frequently, the Snowmaiden is accompanied by rabbits, birds, or other forest animals.

PENTAX K-5 1/200 second F/8.0 ISO 3200 169 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

These are each remarkable pieces of work - your narrative here adds even more to the enjoyment !

11 Dec 2011 7:04am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you very much Ronnie! I am glad you are enjoying them! ;-)

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Preciosa imagen,la figura transmite muy bien el espíritu de la navidad con esa sonrisa.Buen trabajo.

11 Dec 2011 8:30am

@Manuel Hompanera: Muchas gracias Manuel! Sí, mi intención con esta serie fue para ayudar a la gente entrar en el espíritu de la Navidad, mostrándoles mi colección de Santas de todo el mundo! Me alegro de que os gusten! ;-)

tataray from france, France

Wow... on croirait un gâteau à déguster .
Bonne journée. )

11 Dec 2011 9:01am

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

ah, here come the overseas relatives ... and a jolly father christmas he is!

11 Dec 2011 11:21am

@franz: Thank you very much Franz! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France


11 Dec 2011 1:57pm

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! You are most kind! ;-)

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful Santa :) such a sweet one ;)

11 Dec 2011 2:27pm

@Mariana M.: Thank you very much Mariana! ;-)

narcissus from Iran, Iran

very interesting description...
I didn't know in Russia the Santa is known as Grandfather Frost...
by the way nice focus ... I like the blurry background...

11 Dec 2011 2:49pm

@narcissus: Thank you very much Narcissus and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon! ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

A dreamer !

11 Dec 2011 3:14pm

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you very much Gerard! ;-)

Don Levesque from Saint John, NB, Canada

You have superb works of art. I'm enjoying your take on Father Christmas and the beliefs and traditions described in the descriptions. Well done Eric!

11 Dec 2011 6:07pm

@Don Levesque: Thank you very much Don! Glad you are enjoying the series and hopefully it will put you in the spirit of Christmas! ;-)

Veronique from Suisse/, France

superbe aussi !

11 Dec 2011 9:12pm

@Veronique: Merci beaucoup Veronique! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

The painting on this Santa is exquisite!

11 Dec 2011 10:53pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! Yes, this is a one of a kind creation! ;-)

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

I like his smile...well captured! Nice angle Eric!

12 Dec 2011 1:13am

@Dokmateo: Thank you very much Dokmateo! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful Santa. And such a sweet one. Great capture Eric!

12 Dec 2011 4:09am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautifully carved Santa, with a warm smile...great shot!

12 Dec 2011 7:19pm

@RBL: Thank you very much Ruthie! ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent.. thanks for the info.

13 Dec 2011 2:04pm

@Sarito: Thank you very much my friend! Glad it was helpful! ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

beautiful work of art

13 Dec 2011 8:55pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The bag with presents, on his back, looks like one of those Russian church domes - onion style! And the Russian folk motifs on his frock are beautifully designed! A pleasant look on this Father Frost!

14 Dec 2011 10:02am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is a beautifully carved and painted grandfather Frost but, I'm anxious to see the snow maiden. ;–)

14 Dec 2011 6:18pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! These hand carved & painted figures are very expensive and unfortunately I do not have a Snow Maiden figure in my collection. ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

A fine piece of art...interesting intro also...thanks

14 Dec 2011 7:11pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! ;-)

1/200 second
ISO 3200
169 mm (35mm equiv.)