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Studio update in the rain.

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It is a very rainy and grey day today. I have the lamps on a hot cup of tea beside me. It is rather cosy. I also have a really good audiobook playing, so I have something nice to listen to while my hands are busy painting.

There has been some trouble with the VPN the last 2 days, and that threw my online schedule out of the window... Since the days and weeks are flying by so fast I decided to make a schedule for myself regarding all the art platforms I am trying to keep up online. So I decided last week that Tuesday is blogging day, Wednesday is updating my website day, Saturday is uploading video day and everyday is 'one photo to Facebook art-page' day. But I can only keep to this schedule if I can actually access the sites... Oh well, they are more like guidelines anyway to keep me somewhat on time, but also to keep me from spending too many hours behind the computer.

Enough babbling and on to the updates. I have a lot of new things going on in the studio that I am excited t…

Paintings in progress.

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The temperature is quite perfect right now. Outside, that is. I could sit on the balcony all day long reading and surfing the internet and just enjoy the weather. I do not of course, otherwise I would never get anything done in my studio... The summer is not far away, and that means that I have a lot to get done before going home to Finland in July. I have an exhibition coming up in August, and I have a lot to get ready for that before leaving my studio here in Shanghai for a month or two. I am looking forward to going home though. The Finnish summer is, in my very subjective opinion, simply the best! =D 
So, this weeks studio update:
This is my most recent page from my big art journal. I wanted to try out a new idea I had for a painting, and I think it turned out quite nice. At least I liked this idea so much that I immediate started on two paintings. I knew I wanted to paint two kingfishers, but I wasn't sure about how to approach the background. I did know however that I wante…

Another Grebe and new backgrounds in the making.

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Yesterday I finished my second Great Crested Grebe. They are a great subject to paint, I love the colours in their head feathers. The background is almost identical to my first Grebe, so they should look nice together. I think I want to paint more of these water birds. They belong to my summers out in the Finnish archipelago.

Great Crested Grebe. Acrylic, oil and collage on a 30x20cm canvas. Photo reference with kind permission from Andy Dodds. 
I have started on 2 bigger square canvases, and the goal is to paint some Herons. I do not know how I will get them home with me yet, but that will sort itself out in time. For the moment I am just playing with colours, and hopefully in a few days time I am ready to start with the birds. No collage this time,  just paint.
Closeup of the colours. I think this is the first time that I have ever used black in one of my paintings. I wanted some contrast, but not necessarily depth. Black is a very 'dull' colour, so I decided to try it out a…

Crested Grebe and other things.

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Happy May and happy outdoor season! The weather is so pleasant outside now in the mornings, so I eat my breakfast and do my 'internetting' on the balcony.

I thought it was time again for an update from the studio:

I finished the Great crested grebe. I do not have a title for it yet though. The background is acrylic and some collage elements, and the Grebe is painted in oil. I am very happy with how this one turned out. Photo reference with kind permission from Russ Bridges from the group 'Photos for artists' on Facebook. 
This is a background that I have shown earlier, but it has gone through some changes. My original plan was to paint a crow of some sort, but I changed my mind and now I have started to paint a Barn Owl on it. =D 
This small chickadee is waiting for its final layer of oil, and it is also the first in a series of 6 mini paintings. I filmed the process of it this far, so you can watch it below!



I also made a short video of an artjournal page that I do no…