I couldn't come up with a New Years gag that I liked so instead I dug up this old rough of Krampus that I never got around to painting. Call it a belated Christmas image. I had this crazy idea of doing my take on the famous Jesus Knocking on the Door painting which I always loved for the Copro Nason Gallery 'Krampus' show a few years back. It was quite an honor to be asked to participate but I dropped the ball and never finished the painting. Oops.
Anyway, according to folklore Krampus is a character who shows up with Saint Nick on Christmas Eve in Austria and Germany I believe, and ties up all the bad children and takes them to Hell to be beaten for eternity with a special switch he carries with him.
All is not lost though; if you're one of the good boys and girls then you get lots of gifts from Santa instead!
Gee, do I want to have lots of cool gifts or spend an eternity with Krampus in Hell? Hmmmm... let me think...
My favorite Krampus post card is one of a Victorian girl who somehow has stolen Krampus' switch and is looking to beat him with it instead. Clever girl.