Elli Maanpää

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Dreams vs Reality // Elli Maanpää Art Blog // 2018

Dreams Vs Reality

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Which is better: dreams vs reality? I think reality and I tell you why in a second.

DREAM

But first. Let’s look at this amazing image of a painting studio. It has been on my Pinterest Living Like a Hippie Royal wish list for a long time. Quite a dream, right?!

Dream Art Studio // Dreams vs Reality: Elli Maanpää Blog, 2018

Dream Art Studio // Dreams vs Reality: Elli Maanpää Blog, 2018

Well let me tell you: It’s not real. Only today I discovered that the image above is actually a skilfully done 3D model. It’s been rendered, textured and lit wonderfully. You can see it made step by step here. But it doesn’t exist. Nobody actually can use this space for painting since it only exists in the virtual world.

REALITY

Now we can take a look at this image below.

Real Art Studio // Dreams vs Reality: Elli Maanpää Blog, 2018

Real Art Studio // Dreams vs Reality: Elli Maanpää Blog, 2018

Quite blunt and boring painting space? Not as much Pinterest dream painting studio material as the first one. But this one exists and it works. It’s reality. And the best part: it’s mine.

Reality isn’t always as “dreamy” as the dreams. It’s also rainy days and slow Mondays. But when you know what you need to get where you want – the reality is the most exciting thing I know.

To have a place that is dedicated to painting means it’s my time to stop making excuses why I’m not painting even when it’s something I really want to do – and what I’m pretty good at.

When I said to my boyfriend that, “painting in my studio has felt like I’ve came home”. He stated that, “no wonder”. My new painting studio is based in my childhood room in my parent’s home. You can watch this short video of the process of clearing the room into a painting studio which I posted in my Facebook Page.

Painting Studio

I've been needing a space to paint for a while now. I love working home with my muse Cocco the Cat and it works well when I'm drawing or working on a computer. But it's been impossible to work on larger acrylic/oil paintings since there's not enough room to hang them dry safely. Cocco has a bad habit of biting/eating everything so it, wouldn't be good to him (to eat paint) nor the paintings. After looking at painting studios (which are a dream but a bit too pricey at this animation-student stage) I asked my parent’s if I could use my old room as painting studio for the next year. They said “Yes” so now I have a place dedicated only for painting. And that’s just absolutely awesome.

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Maybe it’s not the fanciest painting studio but money is time. I made the decision to rather have more time to create my own art than take more illustration work to pay for the fancy painting studio. At this stage, that I still have one year left of my studies, it was a smart move for me. I’m thankful that my parents were able to offer me the space for my use for now.

Paintings in the making // Dreams vs Reality: Elli Maanpää Blog, 2018

Paintings in the making // Dreams vs Reality: Elli Maanpää Blog, 2018

Folks, I have news for us: It’s all up to ourselves. I’m a fair believer in day dreaming and goal setting. Still it’s the reality which makes me most empowered. I’m taking actual steps towards my goals. If I want to become the biggest contemporary painter of my time – it’s my job to make it happen.

If you have a dreams of your own make a decision today that gets you little closer to them. It doesn’t need to be a big step. Even just stating your dream out loud and believing in them. Make dreams into reality since reality is the only life you’ll have.