Thursday, December 02, 2010

New paintings

"Joy ride"

"Young pianist II"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Early bird

"Early bird"
Oil on canvas, 2010
38 x 52 cm

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dried river

"Dried River"

I painted this a while ago. Then it was really dry and still quite warm.
Now the temperatures are starting to drop and we are rapidly heading into the "real" winter kind of weather. I am looking foward to see some snow covered landscapes soon.
Its always a super fun challenge to do the seasons very first snow painting.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bulevardi 7 - Gallen-Kallela and Simberg exhibition

Gallen-Kallela and Simberg exhibition
on Bulevardi 7

If you happen to be anywhere near the vicinity of Helsinki, I suggest you check out this rare collection of works by these great Finnish painters.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865 – 1931)
Hugo Simberg (1873 - 1917)

Gallery was totally packed.

For everyones suprise - The painter himself gave us a visit!
Just kidding, the gentleman here is actually well known Finnish actor.

And because i havent posted anything since my harddrive melted
here is a few works in progress shots.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Plaster carving

I had this wonderfull idea that i could start sculpting marble.. Well a nice block of carrara statuario costs like 2000 spacebucks and so i decided i start with something more cheaper, because i have never sculpted before.
Plaster is super easy to mix and it hardens really fast.
Like in these two, the mold was a bucket and the plaster set like within 2 hours.
I also got a couple of nice claw chisels to feel like Michelangelo himself.
Actually the fine sculpting is made with a flat screwdriver in the need of a better tool. :)

Here is the first attempt. Its supposed to be an old guy with the mustache.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Almost lunch time

"Almost lunch time"
37 x 62 cm
Oil on cavas, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Work in progress

70 x 78 cm
Oil on linen canvas, 2010

That was fun! Its finally finished. :D

I felt that I needed a brake, so I was off to do some
plein air painting in the nearby forest with my friend.
Hopefully I finish the background soon, maybe even today. :)

I am not out of the woods yet, but I am glad to see the overall figure taking its form :D

I feel that the hands are equally important as the face to communicate the idea to the viewer.
Still a lot of work to be done. Final size of the painting will be about 75 x 80 cm.

I am still andvancing really slow with this. Tendancy to just splash the paint around randomly to see the whole is huge, I do try to resist the impulse because it would be of course unwise to do mindless strokes. And its also fun to mix a new color for every stroke.

I am slowly working down the head and try to keep the overall composition and the value structure intact. These skin tones will not be the lightest ones in the painting.
Plenty of glare in the photo, but I hope you dont mind. :D

I just started this new studio painting. This painting requires very delicate brushwork because of the subject matter and i am really slowly building up the forms. I have allready spent like 4 hours to get it at this stage. No rush.. :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The mermaid and the crocodile

"The mermaid and the crocodile"
81 x 115 cm
Oil on linen canvas, 2010

I am back home from the holidays. It was so sweet to visit Norway and spend time on the summer cabin. Nevertheless, I was really anxious to get back in the studio to paint on a larger canvas with big brushes. It was super fun to paint all those ripples.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Progress of a painting

stage 8
"Girl with dolls"
70 x 115 cm
Oil on linen canvas

I still might do some touch ups in it, but now i need a break to see it with fresh eyes.
Anyways, i declare it final untill i change it :)

stage 7
There is still a lot of glare and its hard to take a good picture with mobile phone.

stage 6
Thats it for today. Tomorrow i will continue my efforts to turn this into a painting :)

stage 5

stage 4

stage 3

stage 2

stage 1

I just started this new studio painting.
But first i had to build an studio easel to accomodate the rather large canvas.
idea was that i post here pictures, so you can participate in the progress and of course tell me if I make a mistake ;)
Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Small waves

Its an wonderfull day today. Lovely breeze kept the insects away and i could focus on throwing the paint on canvas. Only problem was that i forgot my brushes and i had to resort the only one i could found from the bottom of the bag. I keep it there if something like this happens. The brush itself is an super-basic-pighair-medium-sized-whatever-brush. :)

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Nightless night

I love this time of the year here in Finland. You can basically paint plein airs around the clock!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lake Keitele

lonely rock

Its very windy day today, kind of a bad for a landscape painting, but the waves are beautifull. :D

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Reflecting sun

"Reflecting sun"

They say that Van Gogh cut his ear off because he could not paint the sun.
Even I knew the risks, I though i give it a shot :)

Monday, June 28, 2010


Here is this small boat we have at the shore. Its an beautifull sunny day today :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

summer vacation

Here is some lovely roses we have at the summer cabin.
I am on my summer vacation and I try to do these mobile uploads as much as possible,

Sunday, June 20, 2010

City of angels

"City of angels"
70 x 115 cm
Oil on linen canvas, 2010

New dress

"New Dress"
115 x 80 cm
Oil on linen canvas, 2010

This canvas is a lot bigger that i normally use.
Never the less it was super fun to throw the paint around with the biggest brushes available... well i didnt resort to the house painting ones. Yet. :)

Here is the shot from the beginning:

Friday, June 18, 2010


100 x 70cm, 2010

This was a quite a challenge value wise. I did had super fun to paint all that foliage. :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Young pianist

"Young pianist"
Oil on linen canvas, 2010