PANDA OF FINLAND
Last year two giant pandas – named Lumi and Pyry – moved from China to Ähtäri Zoo in Finland. It was a big event especially for the South Ostrobothnia region. Suomen lomamajat commissioned me to make paintings inspired by the mighty animals to their rental cottage Mustikka (Eng. Blueberry) near Ähtäri Zoo.
This was a such a lovely commission. I got total artistic freedom to present the pandas the way I wanted. I worked with acrylics on canvas. The biggest piece is Lumen kesä (Eng. Lumi’s Summer) and Pyryn talvi (Eng. Pyry’s Winter) which are hang up together. I include the Finnish nature to the paintings since both summer and winter are gorgeous out there in South Ostrobothnia.
For the third painting Mustikan poimija (Eng. Blueberry Picker) I got the idea from the name of the cottage: Blueberry. Even though Pandas aren’t necessary the biggest berry eaters they still might enjoy the activity. Who knows. Fourth painting Pikkujättiläinen (Eng. Little Giant) started as study for the Lumen kesä painting but in the end was also small but important part of the Pandas of Finland -painting series. 2018