Showing posts from 2016

New video on youtube!

I have been very busy the last week with editing all my video material, and now my first new video is uploaded to my you tube channel!! I have had an unplanned hiatus on my youtube channel, and it feels good to have something to upload again! I would be very happy if you checked it out and tell me what you think!

Flowers and snow...

Suddenly and unexpectedly I find myself in Finland! I needed to come home and find some documents. It feels great though to finally experience winter weather again. The crunch of snow under my feet, the cold against my cheeks, the frost that makes the trees look magical... Today all the snow has melted away, but they have promised minus degrees again for tomorrow. So if I'm lucky there will be more white days before I fly back to Shanghai in two weeks time.

I have finished most of the pages in my artjournal that I showed you in my last post. I also manage to film the process of all of them, so now I need to edit them so that I can upload them to my youtube channel.

All of these art journal pages are done with acrylic and watercolours and some collage elements. The journal is 18x18cm.

Cherry blossom. This became my favourite page of them all. I really like the background, and I think the blossoms looks lovely like this. This will definitely become a painting!
Magnolia. I am a littl…

Studio update

Today was one of those days that started of slow. I did not feel a 100% when I woke up, but luckily after a rather productive day and a very nice massage I now feel great.

The weather has change. It has gone from t-shirt weather to only 8 degrees in 4 days time... It seems like Shanghai do not do autumn. Except for a lot of rain.

I decided to snuggle up on the couch and write a studio update. So, here it is!

As I have quite a few commissions piling up I have decided to concentrate on them. Some I will be able to show you the progress of, the others will have to wait until they are accepted by the new owners. I do have some other projects going on however, as I have to do something while the rest is drying in between layers...
For some time now I have been thinking of starting painting some flowers in the same style as my birds. I will continue to paint birds as well of course, but with the addition of the odd flower!

As I often do when I have many ideas but do not know where to start,…

2 months...

Wow! 2 months have passed already and I have not kept up with this blog as I intended to... No excuses, time just flies as crazy when you are having fun... And all the fun is not over yet!

So, a short update: after Beihai I went a few days home to Shanghai. Then of I went to Singapore and Indonesia (Sumatra) to visit my dearest friend Rain. (A Canadian who's husband is working on a big pulp and paper mill on Sumatra. We got to know each other when we lived together in Rizhao) I have been to Singapore before, quite exactly 20 years ago, so it felt like the first time again! What a city. Multi cultural and very interesting. We sampled food from all over the world, got henna tattoos, enjoyed a splendid orchid botanical garden, drank some wine by the river, and the best of all: saw Wicked the musical! After that we took the ferry over to Sumatra, flew to Pekanbaru and spend a week together in Rains home. I did not want to leave.

That is one of the best and worst things about living th…


Greetings from China! 2 months in Finland went past far too fast. But I guess that is the case anytime one is really enjoying oneself. I spend a few days in The Netherlands visiting family (pictures of that still to come...), then I also spend a few days in Norway visiting my cousin. A few days out on the summer cottage, in the forest picking mushrooms, preparing for the exhibition, visiting with friends, and... Well. Then it was time to fly back to Shanghai. I cleaned the house from the dust that had settled while we were away and rearranged the studio. Now I have been a few days in Beihai (on the south west coast of China). My husband is visiting a mill here for work and I accompanied him.

I have not been keeping up with my blog while in Finland, so now I have a lot of pictures that I have in queue to share with you. Today I thought I would start with all the finished painting that I haven't posted here yet:

Awake. Mixed media on canvas, 40x30cm. Barn owl reference with kind perm…

Opening day of exhibition.

The opening of 'my' exhibition was a week ago on Saturday. It was a beautiful and sunny day, and quite a lot of people came to visit. Thank you all to my friends who showed up and made it a memorable day!
The exhibition is held in Gallery Karaija in Inkoo, a small town in the south of Finland. I am exhibiting together with 4 other artists, who all have been painting birds for this exhibition. It is called 'On the wings of birds'. The exhibition will continue until the 18th of this month. The other artists are:

- Hanna Aalto
- Kristiina Koskimies-Soininen
- Minna Pyykkö
- Pirjo Tikkinen

Instead of showing you a lot of pictures here, I will share with you a short video I made of the gallery, the exhibition and of the opening day. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Preparing for exhibition.

A few weeks have flown by again. A lot of things have happened. I've been on a short trip to The Netherlands to visit family and enjoying a wedding. I will do a post with lots of pictures after the opening day of my upcoming exhibition. I have finished the last paintings, and today I have been doing the last preparations. Adding hanging hooks, writing a list of the paintings, making a few frames, varnished the paintings and so on. I have to bring all the paintings to the gallery tomorrow, and the opening day is on Saturday! I'm very much looking forward to it!! I must remember to take a lot of pictures!
Multitasking: adding hanging hooks and writing the painting list.
Deciding on the last titles and checking that I have all the information correct.
Hanging hooks.
The paintings that are all done.
I gave the paintings that were dry a thin layer of varnish.
Spray painting frame backgrounds.

All done!
Trying out the new frames.

I ordered some new business cards. Don't they lo…