Haltija - Finnish word meaning an elf-like creature who takes care of homes or other things in the world. They are in people's homes, the forest, and even hold great power, almost god-like.
for helping me get information right in my research of Finnish things.
I wanted to shove as much Finland into this illustration as I could. XD The four elves on here are haltija, the one in the sky is a special one, with a special name... I cannot find it right now, help from my Finnish friends? (Edit: It's Ilmatar!)
I stared at images of illuminated letters for inspiration of motifs. I also looked at Finnish design work from the mid-century, and wanted a old feel with warmth, and bounce. The flowers floating in the frame, the design is from the Finnish coat of arms.
I spent WAY more time than I intended to on this piece. (I meant to take 4-6 hours, I spent 14-16 hours on it) But it's for a good cause. This piece was made for a local creative group for charity, which I'm very happy to report sold early.