Elli Maanpää

Animated Painter


Dreaming about Amur


As you wished I’m going to continue posting progress stories about the paintings for the UHANALAISET exhibition. It’s open until the 14th of September in the Karhulinna of Korkeasaari Zoo.

This Unelmointia Amurista (Eng. Dreaming about Amur – in right below) was the 5th painting for the exhibition. It’s based on the famous Muumipeikko unelmoi (Eng. Moomintroll is dreaming – in left below) illustration by Tove Jansson. Tove is one of my biggest idols. She was such versatile artist creating new universes by illustrating, writing and painting. Animal muse is the Amur tiger. Amur tigers are very endangered. Even more so are their namesakes Amur leopards. That’s why 20% of the sales revenue of the sold paintings from the UHANALAISET -exhibition goes to preserving Amur felines. Instead of acrylic I painted this one with ink and gesso. While painting I unintentionally inked my self as well. Oopsi-doo.
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P.S. Thank you XO Sarah for these amazing photo collage templates I used in this post. They are super handy to not make the posts too bulky. Thank you!

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