Easter is here: time for me to enjoy these hand painted treasures. Thought I should share them with you.
The Pysanky is an ancient form of Ukrainian folk art. Sometimes the eggs are decorated in lines & geometric designs in which the colors have meanings. Other times eggs are painted with pictures such as animals, birds, or in the case of the one above: plants. The eggs are painted using a wax-resistant method or batik. It requires the use of a special tool called a kistka which is used to design in the wax. Artists are still making the Pysankys today. I have tried my hand and can tell you it is quite an intricate process, involving many layers of wax.
The Quail egg hand-painted with a trio of penguins is another folksy expression of egg art by an artist who exclusively paints animals. Visiting her tiny shop (It is amazing how many eggs you can get into a tiny place) , you are treated to every size egg, from quail to ostrich, painted with any number of animal portraits. She will even custom paint an animal portrait just for you from a photograph, if you like.
Thanks for enjoying my treasures. Hope you will have a wonderful weekend!
For more on the Pysankys, visit the Ukrainian Museum