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.
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ART GIVEAWAY time! There is an Art Print Giveaway going both in my Instagram @ellimaanpaa and in my Facebook Page Elli Maanpää Art. The details how to enter and what-not are all there. Go check them out by clicking the image. I’m giving away gallery-quality giclée art prints with my Penguin and Angry Bird illustrations.
Visit Gotland! Since it’s like a place from the fairytales. Gotland is Sweden’s largest island surrounded by the gleaming Baltic Sea. I travelled to Gotland for the first time last week with my mom, brother and nephew. We travelled trough Stockholm to get to the Nynäshamn where we took the Destination Gotland cruise ship to
What I’ve learned before turning 33-years-young. It was my birthday yesterday and here is some simple things I’ve learned along my 33-years-of-living. I’m never too old to to learn new things / start studying new subjects. I’m never too old to be a kid at heart. There’s no generally approved “life plan” that I need to
Facing failure is obligatory. Still it stinks like a skunk. But the failures are also the path way to success. I’ll let you know how I handle this failure sh**. It’s like studying how to fall safely when you’re learning how to ice skate. It’s important topic to tackle since we’ve all been there. Summer
Make art every day …with some additions and exceptions. I’ve been making art pretty much daily for four years and this is some stuff I’ve learned along the way. MAKE ART EVERY DAY – SINCE IT BECOMES A HABIT I started 2014 with the new year resolution that I would draw every single day. You
When I’m not painting I’m working on illustration commissions like this ladybug illustration. My favourite Finnish children music artist Ville Karttunen won the national The Best New Kid’s Song -contest this year with his song Leppäkertun sadelaulu. The title means Ladybug’s Rainy Day Song. The song is cute and cosy and made me remember that
How to make a repeat pattern has been on my video ideas -list for a year. Finally this spring I asked in my Instagram stories if it would be something people would like to see. They answered 100% YES. So here we go. Fresh from the rendering oven. How to Make a Repeat Pattern -tutorial. I
CLOUDBERRY Cloudberry tiling pattern is dedicated to my mother who’s favourite berry cloudberry is. When I was a child we use to spend hours picking cloudberries in the swamp near our summer cottage. We had packed lunch and hot chocolate with us so we could spend almost the entire day there. Even when I and my
How to get what you want in life? How to make it from where you are now to there where you want to be? I’ve fulfilled many of my dreams: lived in Paris working in fashion for one summer, held solo art exhibitions in a gallery, had a leading role in an international short film.