I’ve travelled a lot. On my adventures I’ve met many who have made me into the person I am today.
I could talk about the first Christmas I spent away from home all alone. Surrounded by strangers in a hostel in Bariloche Argentina. I was so scared but it turned out into one of the most heart-warming Christmases ever. Or I could talk about my host family – parents, brothers and sisters – in Kuala Lumpur with whom we organised the most dazzling celebrations to raise funds to fight HIV in Malaysia. I could even mention Jack Osborne telling me in Mexico while filming the Adrenaline Junkie that he might throw up soon. He was a bit nervous about his stunt for that day.
I treasure all these encounters. But since I’m an artist, I want to share a different kind of story. I was 12-years-old and visiting Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg. There I saw Henri Matisse‘s painting Harmony in Red from 1908. And that was it. This art encounter shaped my path. This is one of the turning points when I decided I NEED to become an artist.
Hear the rest of the story below in my art vlog: Art Encounter That Changed My Life
“So much of who we are is where we’ve been, who we’ve met and what we’ve seen.”
I knew I wanted to share this story that I have such a vivid memory of. Only challenge was, that I was on this trip twenty years ago. What material could I find to illustrate it since there is no video from back then? So I went back to my childhood home to investigate. I found old photograph album and souvenirs from St Petersburg – like the postcard set, you see in 01:05.
This image below is one of the photos I found. Here we are doing arts and crafts in our friendship school in St Petersburg. The girl sitting next to me is Anna and she was my best friend. The older lady was our Russian language teacher. She was always disappointed by my pronunciation. I’m so sorry. I think I was better at arts and crafts than in Russian language.
The Hermitage Museum
If you have a chance, I do recommend visiting the beautiful St Petersburg and the impressive Hermitage Museum. It’s the second largest Art Museum in the world. St Petersburg is surprisingly close to Finland. It’s twice as long journey from Turku to the northernmost part of Finland than it is to St Petersburg.
Go to admire the French Impressionist exhibition in the 3rd floor of Hermitage Museum. Or travel where ever your favourite paintings are.
Blogger’s Open World
This art vlog was my entry to Momondo’s Blogger’s Open World Awards. I need your help to succeed in the contest. The voting will be open from 9th to 15th of April. Thank you so much for the support.