Elli Maanpää

Visual Artist

Category: Blog

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

Hipster

I’ve decided to aim to do two blog posts a week. The first one in Monday – cause Monday is always the beginning of a whole new week – and the second one on Thursday – because in Finland we have a saying “Torstai on toivoa täynnä” which means “Thursday is full of hope“. So

Want a Postcard?

Would you like to receive a self-made… …postcard… …from me? Yesterday I got an lovely idea thanks to my mom who asked me to draw a “Thank you” -card for our relatives. There is still couple of months left of my sketch-a-day challenge. For the whole year I’ve been sketching daily – sometimes big and bold paintings

Greta Garbo

I read a book about Hollywood legend Greta Garbo. The book was called Conversations With Greta Garbo and it was written by journalist Sven Broman. Biographies of famous actresses and filmmakers are interesting. But sometimes reading a book written by an confident of an star leaves me feeling like a voyeur especially when the book is about

Autumn Colors

I spent this weekend away from Helsinki traveling across my homeland Finland. We attended my great Aunts funeral in Kemijärvi and even though funerals are always a sad celebration it was still so nice to see other relatives and visit the part of this country from where my mom’s mom is originally from. But the

Big And Small Cats

Tonight is the second Night Of The Cats in the Korkeasaari Zoo. I wrote a post about the event last Saturday. So last few weeks been very much about cats – small and big ones – and that can be seen in my sketch-a-day drawings as well. Here are couple of smartphone photographs of the

I Will Make It Happen

Today started with mixed feelings since I had to make some hard choices. Nothing too dramatic but choices of how I want’t to use my time this Autumn. Do I want to take singing lessons (yes) or take part in a improvisation course (I’d love to but couldn’t register on time). In the end of

Theatre In The Night Of The Cats

I was supposed to do this post already yesterday but since it was the busy busy premiere day I just ran out of time. So instead I write the post now when the premiere and half of the shows are already beautifully behind us. Yesterday was the 1st Kissojen Yö (Eng. Night of the Cats) in the

Pastel Story

This is a story about big package of oil pastels. And about the fact I love receiving new free art tools. These pastels belonged to my boyfriend who was cleaning the house and thinking about getting rid of them. He said: “I haven’t use them in 10 years so I’m probably not gonna use them