Elli Maanpää

Animated Painter

Elli Maanpää

Moments From The Lähtöviivalla

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As I promised last Tuesday here are the photographs from Lähtöviivalla exhibition opening that was held on Monday 27th of October 2014 in S-Galleria Helsinki. The lovely photographs are taken by my companion Vesa Kuula. Lähtöviivalla exhibition contains 25 acrylic-, oil and ink paintings I did while studying in the Pori Unit of Art Department in Aalto University. These works are done during live model sessions and they portray humanity in all its bodily form.

The opening was lovely and great people came despite of the fact that Monday really isn’t the most convenient or traditional day of holding openings. I even had some international visitors and friends that travelled across Finland to be at the opening which was amazing. I got some sweet presents too like flowers and pineapple with a bow. It was beautiful night. And thanks to my dear Vesa I also got these photos to keep my memories fresh.

The exhibition is open until the 21st of December (from Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) so if you didn’t make it to the opening there is still plenty of time. Be sure to visit!exhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, paintingexhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, painting exhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, painting exhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, paintingexhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, paintingexhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, painting exhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, paintingexhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, paintingexhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, painting exhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, paintingexhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, paintingexhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, painting exhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, painting exhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, painting exhibition, Lähtöviivalla, Elli Maanpää, painting

Finish Line of Postcard Project

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So November ended and with it ended the Postcard Project. Here is the last nine postcards sized art works I sent to wonderful people all around the world.

23rd The geometric carrot head to Mia 24.10.2014

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24th Sleeping beauty in a morning sunshine to Pia 24.10.2014

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25th Sparkling belle in red to Veera 25.10.2014

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26th Mysterious woman to Laura 28.10.2014

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27th Hair like carrot clouds to Carina 28.10.2014

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28th Cutie pie bird to Iiris 28.10.2014

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29th Screaming Peacock to Linnea 29.10.2014

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30th Postcard with a lady – who looks little she has stepped out from the Clockwork Orange movie – to Shadi 30.10.2014

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31st The last but not least artistic fashionista went to Suzanne 31.10.2014

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That was it for this project. “How do I feel now after the project is over?” you ask. I must admit I feel relieved. It was such a inspiring project that kept me doing art works daily but there was also somewhat pressure. Particularly during this last week because there was so many other projects going on as well – like the Joulukorttikauppa and Lähtöviivalla art exhibition. So you can see there is gaps in the drawing days: I didn’t find the time to do the postcard during the exact day so I made some of them on a later day when I had more time. But still I’m really happy I did this – happy how the cards turned out and the sending business has been so much fun. Thank you for participating! Next I will concentrate on the lovely commissioned works that have piled up. And I won’t stop drawing daily – because sketch-a-day challenge will last till the end of this year – but I might not publish everything so that will take all the pressure of “being good” away.

P.S. On Thursday I will show you photographs from the Lähtöviivalla exhibition opening so stay tuned!


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For first I apologize that this post will be mostly in Finnish since the store I’m talking about is in Finnish and operates only in Finland. Shortly: Joulukorttikauppa is an online store that sells Christmas Cards illustrated by me. We established the shop with my brother for this Christmas season. The reason I only plan to sell to Finland is because planning the paying methods, taxes, posting costs and times gets far more complicated if I try to reach the international markets. But nevertheless I want to share with you the joy of christmas and illustrating the christmas. All the illustrations you see in this post are cards I designed this year. Joulukorttikauppa can also be found from facebook.


En olekaan ennen kirjoittanut tänne blogiin suomeksi. Mutta nyt minulla on niin hyvä aihe, että voisin vaikka runoilla suomeksi: “Joulukauppaani tulkahan, saatte hattuunne sulkahan.”

joulukorttikauppa, joulukortti, Elli Maanpää, kuvitus, postikorttiJoulukorttikauppa on minun ja veljeni pystyyn laittama joulukorttikauppa. Sieltä voi ostaa minun kuvittamiani joulukortteja ja ne toimitetaan suoraan teidän kotiovellenne joulukuun alkuun mennessä. Eikös kuulostakin hyvältä? Kaikki joulukortit maksavat 2,50€ kappale. Postitusmaksu on ilmainen, jos tilaatte enemmän kuin 50 korttia. Sitä pienempiin tilauksiin lisätään pieni postitusmaksu. Joulukorttikauppa löytyy myös facebookista.joulukorttikauppa, joulukortti, Elli Maanpää, kuvitus, postikortti Kaikki nämä joulukortit – jotka näet tässä blogipostauksessa – ovat tämän vuoden mallistosta. On Minipossu-sarja, Vintage-sarja (joiden inspiraationa toimi kirpputoreilta löytyneet vanhat valokuvat) ja Fashionista-sarja. Joulukorttikaupassa on tarjolla myös edellisvuosina tekemiäni joulukortteja.joulukorttikauppa, joulukortti, Elli Maanpää, kuvitus, postikorttiYllä olevan postikortin nimi on Minipossut: Minä olen poro. Näitä minipossuja ei voi katsoa hymyilemättä.
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Lähtöviivalla Exhibition Opening Tonight

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Last weekend we hanged my paintings to the walls of S-Galleria in Helsinki Kallio with my hubby. Today is the opening of the exhibition LÄHTÖVIIVALLA which contains my colorful expressive female figure paintings from 2012 and 2013 done with ink, acrylic and oil paint. If you’re in Helsinki be sure to visit the exhibition. The opening is today from 5pm to 7pm. You’re warmly welcomed! The exhibition is open on weekdays from 8am to 6pm until the 21st of November.

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Third Week Of Postcard Art

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The past week I’ve been on a road again. But that has not affected to the amount of days and postcard artworks done this week. 7 days 7 new postcards. If you have no idea what I’m talking about here is the Postcard Project in a nutshell: For every day in October 2014 I draw a sketch on a postcard and then send it to the person in the order they were reserved.Postcard project art Postcard project art

Two cats in orange atmosphere for Eeva 16.10.2014

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Smiling cockatoo for Niilo 17.10.2014

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Loreal moment for Sini 19.10.2014

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Girl in a black shirt for Heini 19.10.2014

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Flying owl for Annabella. I just couldn’t believe owl’s legs would be like that (like paws) but that is what I saw in the photograph I used as a reference. 20.10.2014

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She looks like singer doesn’t she? For Wilhelmina 21.10.2014

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And the blue haired woman for Päivi 22.10.2014

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It’s been super cool to get pictures from the cards that have already travelled to their destination. I feel such gratitude for the gratitude. Like my friend said: “this is such a feel-good-project“.

Have a feel-good weekend! This weekend I’ll be working on my upcoming art exhibition Lähtöviivalla which has opening next Monday the 24th at 5pm in S-Galleria in Helsinki (Welcome!) and in one acting course in Teak and the christmas card project. Exciting things going on and that’s how I like it. Happy hugs.

Christmas Enthusiast

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I must admit. This Monday today I totally forgot it’s Monday. I’m on a holiday. Well. Kind of. I’m far away in a fabulous rent cottage by the lake, where there is sauna, fireplace, BIG kitchen and great company. But I do also have my laptop with me because I’m working full steam with this year’s Christmas Card Illustration -project. You will hear and see more about the cards quite soon. Probably in one week. And I looooove Christmas. I could draw christmas cards all year.
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Postcard Project Continues

Here I am: the crazy postcard maker making my art. Today I’m going to show you to last weeks postcard sketches of the Postcard Project. Are you ready for 7 more postcards. If yes, roll down.postcardproject_ellimaanpaa_2014_1Lady in Red. I bought a new shade of ink to celebrate the upcoming Christmas. 9.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_1 Dramatic woman in the shades of violet. I spent most of this day in a film set so that might have to do with the dramatic tone of this postcard. 10.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_2 Baby owl. I’ve always enjoyed drawing birds but this time I was also inspired by the bird drawing competition @solly_dw introduced in instagram. 12.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_3 Artistic piece with beret and stripes. This picture doesn’t do justice to the textures of the painting. 12.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_4 Freckled girl with pink hairpiece. 13.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_5 More pink and birds. This card was sent to probably to the youngest participant of the postcard project. 14.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_6 Yesterdays portrait again got some familiar facial features. Unconsciously I keep on adding my own nose etc to my muses. I photographed the piece in the Heya’s bathroom (that’s why it’s a artistic selfie) beacause it’s getting really dark and the place there is most light in the workroom is the toilet. Bright happy toilet it is. 15.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_7Next week new adventures. Until then: Have a happy weekend! I’m going to traveling in Finland again. Jey!

Hey Handsome 1st

Hey Handsome! He (the intellectual poem boy below) is the first out of two men portraits I painted in August. The two are going to be stars of my upcoming artsy-fartsy short film about relationships. But since it sometimes takes years before I actually finalize the film ideas I have I now thought It would be fun to introduce my lead actors to you / show you the paintings.


I used ink, gouache and acrylic paint on paperboard. I assume painting on the paperboard with water soluble colors was little like painting a mural on a wet clay since the paint and colors just melted into the background. The technique needed layers and layers of paint before I saw something happening on the board. Here below is some of the making of photographs.

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Lastly I outlined the most important facial features (like eyes) with black ink and also highlighted them with white acrylic. Here is the completed painting.


He is beautiful isn’t he? But of course he is just a painting which is kinda the idea of the film. I will introduce you his brother (the 2nd painting) later. Have a handsome week!

P.S. Of course my boyfriend is really the best looking guy in my world but that is also because he is an actual person. He would not have liked if I would have painted him. That’s why I had to use male models as my muses instead. 🙂


First Week Of Postcards

October’s Postcard Project had a good start. All the 31 cards were reserved in about 36 hours. Since the beginning of the project I’ve drawn and sent eight self drawn postcards. One every day. And they’ve gone / are going all over the globe.


My plan was to take photograph with my good camera out of every single postcard I send but in the end I’ve only took real pictures out of the first two postcards (above) and the rest have been recorded only with my iPhone in various lighting situations.

The picture below is history documented: I’m leaving the first two cards to the gentle service of the Finnish post office.

This dramatic redhead was the first lady to drawn on a postcard. 1.10.2014


Pink hair and pink clouds. 2.10.2014


Blue is the warmest color (no reference to the movie. That name just popped into my head). 3.10.2014


Dramatic city lady in green. 4.10.2014


She looks little like Mena Suvari doesn’t she? 5.10.2014


The Punakorvabulbuli (Eng. Red Ear Bulbuli) bird. Her name is the best. 6.10.2014


Yellow thoughts for a birthday girl. 7.10.2014


Small bird on a pink cloud. 8.10.2014


But that’s not all. The project continues until the end of this month. So 23/31 to go. See you later alligator!

In Silence

Pohjanmaa_ellimaanpaa_2014I love to travel. Traveling for me does not mean only traveling to exotic new places far far away. It means being in a slightly different place than home. Sometimes even the backyard will do for the urge to move to new landscapes. This weekend I traveled little further than backyard but did not go across the borders of my homeland Finland. Here – in the middle of the forests of Ostrobothnia – I listened the loud silence that only nature can offer. Ruska, lake and hand picked lingonberries. That is what good weekends are made off.

Next Thursday I will tell you how the Postcard Project is going. Hugs and smiles until then.

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