Kristoffer Nitter Kristofferson

plants an acorn on the Kjorlaug farm

What I see in this painting

Kristoffer Nitter Kristofferson was my great great grandfather and the first Kjorlaug to come to America from Norway. I would have loved to see how he played as a boy on the Kjorlaug farm where he grew up. If he had planted an oak as a boy, it would be a 160 years old today and massive. If I ever get to visit the farm in Norway I will look for an oak that old and wonder

My Norwegian ancestors lived on a farm in Norway in a small region called Kjorlaug. The 4 Rosemaling seed paintings are from bits and pieces of stories my Norwegian grandmother told. Kristoffer was my great great grandfather.

Norwegian Rosemaling is an ancient Norwegian folk art taught to me by my grandmother. 

What is underneath this painting

“and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”

Isaiah 61:3 NIV

God is planting oaks and singing. He sings in Isaiah’s ears of what is yet to come. Someday, those that follow Him will thrive like a grown oak—a picture more like a poem from God, a poem about me. I have seen some mighty oaks here under this sun, but never fully like God’s righteous oaks…what a forest that will be!

This art series began on a rabbit trail I was trekking down to find trees in the Bible (there are so many!!!) I love trees, but four arrested my attention and became the subjects for this Rosemaling seed series. Trees are a picture God often uses to describe humans and these four—the date palm, the almond tree, the oak, and the mustard— are how God pictorally described the righteous (those who follow Him). Now when I look at these trees, I feel seen and described by my God. The trees were brought back to seed form in the creation of these pieces because spring was coming when I made them, and I was so looking forward to it. —Kristin

Kristoffer Nitter Kristofferson plants an acorn on the Kjorlaug farm
Watercolor and Ink – 8×10 inches – framed – $83

This painting is for sale at gallery840 in Allentown PA.

You can purchase the painting via the gallery website.

Limited Edition Prints Also Available:

High quality archival prints of Kristin Kjorlaug’s original Rosemaling seed series in watercolor and ink. 8×10 inch print. Ships within 2 weeks. 

Prints are available for purchase through the gallery840 website.

Norwegian Rosemaling Seed series

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