lauantai 29. kesäkuuta 2013

Tom of Finland Seura buttons

Recently I had the opportunity to design buttons for the Tom of Finland Seura ( I've been a fan of the art of Touko Laaksonen for years. I can't think of any more skilled pencil work really. His style is so unique and has so much importance for the gay community. And yet this super artist is so neglected in Finland :( it has always saddened me that people don't appreciate his art. All they see in it is porn. Yes, there is a lot of that too, but you could label any art into one aspect of it. Picasso can be just childish color splashing and Kandinsky just silly lines... well, art is always up to the viewer. We see different things in the same picture. I see a lot more than porn in the art of Tom of Finland. For me it was an honor to do nice buttons for the organization :)

Helsinki Pride Tom of Finland Seura March 2013

For the first time ever I participated in the Helsinki Pride along with the Tom of Finland Seura. Photographer and rope artist Tinttu Henttonen made some fabulous photos of the event :)

torstai 27. kesäkuuta 2013

Cake and boobs

Me and Asko drink a lot of coffee and we like to drink it somewhere nice. One of our favorit coffee houses is the Petris's Chocolate Room in the beautiful Fiskars Village. The cake and chocolate is super delicious! The best in the world in my opinion ;)

Anyway, I started to do this silly series of me eating can only see the cake and my boobs in the pic, so it's cake and boobs :P

sunnuntai 23. kesäkuuta 2013

Midsummer 2013

I just spent midsummer in the countryside at my parents summer cabin. There is a lot of "folklore magic" in midsummer. For example when you pick 7 different flowers and put them under your pillow you will see your future husband in your dreams. I used to do that when I was single and never dreamt anything ;) but picking up flowers is always fun and this midsummer I picked up flowers just for decoration. Eating (excellent food by my mom), sauna, swimming and I read my first Wallander crime book (Mördare utan ansikte). Soon I have a longish vacation so hopefully I'll do a lot of painting! :)

perjantai 21. kesäkuuta 2013

Rope photo

Recently I had a nice project with rope artist and photographer Tinttu Henttonen. Tinttu is a famous rope artist in Finland. She has had a 3 year training in Japan for the art form.Tinttu has seeked out various Japanese bondage masters and had training with them, since obviously such a thing as a bondage school does not exist. Bondage is usually considered a bit of a "dirty" art form. When you think of people in ropes, you think of fetish and hostages. Tinttu uses her art in many different ways: In her photos the ropes are often fashionable accessories with the symbolism that we are all "tied up" to something in life. In her rope artist career Tinttu has worked for several fashion shows and other commercial projects. Among others she has done a unique rope outfit for Lady Gaga together with shoe designer Minna Parikka.

Below is the wonderful result of my photoshoot with Tinttu. I was  a bit afraid of getting tied up for a photo, but in Tinttus knowing hands I felt completely relaxed even though we were in a park with several people around. I had a lot of fun working with Tinttu and felt that we are similar creative minds on this planet :)

photo by Tinttu Henttonen


torstai 13. kesäkuuta 2013

Library gallery (2)

Below are some pics of my current library gallery. The Vihti library has a very good gallery area at the main entrance. I have a little guest book there and it's already filled with nice feedback from people :)

Here is a link to my library gallery last winter:

tiistai 11. kesäkuuta 2013

News article about library gallery

I currently have an exhibition in my local library. I'm really happy about the possibility to display my art in a library. Art galleries charge rent and profits and the library show is free of charge. I have 18 paintings on display from the years 2010 until 2013. Below is little news article about my gallery :) obviously it's in finnish ;)

torstai 6. kesäkuuta 2013

Alone (painting)

This is a pretty new painting I have been working on for some months. I never knew when it was finished... I just kept splashing more and more paint on it, until one day I decided that it's a finished piece.... I seem to love painting inexpressible face expressions.

Alone (60cm x 80cm, acrylic paint on canvas, year created: 2013)
detail of the painting "Alone"

maanantai 3. kesäkuuta 2013

Cherry stencil framed

I just got a perfect frame for my "Cherry stencil". I love getting my artwork framed! The end result just  makes each piece so much better. For this painting the slightly exaggerated frame is perfect :)