AUGMENTED PAINTING Augmented painting: Elli Maanpää 2019 // 3 paintings with 2D animation Augmented painting combines acrylic painting with 2D animation trough augmented reality. They are inspired by Maanpää’s Finnish roots. Finnish idioms are famous for their pessimistic undertone. Like for example “Whoever is happy should hide it.” Maybe it’s time to give the idioms a second viewpoint. What if
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.
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
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
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?! Well let me tell
I have a new set of Art Idols. Here is three artist who’s works I found and fell in love with recently. I also want to share why their works speak to me. They are both contemporary and historical painters. HENRI DE TOLOUSE-LAUTREC Let’s start from the turning point of visual arts – especially in
Art progress – or art journey – is not a straight line from not-being-an-artist to being-an-artist. As an aspiring artist I’m still only starting but I can share a little bit of my personal art progress. I’ve stumbled upon a lot of my old art works lately since I’m turning my old childhood room into
TYRANNOSSAURUS TIETTA Tyrannosaurus Tietta is a custom request painting. Painted with acrylics and oil pastels on wood board 2017.
ROYAL ANIMAL PORTRAITS Royal Animal Portraits are inspired by Dutch 17th century portraits. I painted sphynx, bulldog and frog with their favourite present. I’ve painted them with acrylics on cardboard and published as Christmas cards by Joulukorttikauppa 2016.
CATISM Acrylic paintings and prints: Elli Maanpää 2012 Catism series was my 2nd take on making the art history more animalistic. This time I shared my love for cats. I was inspired by artists I admire: Magritte, Matisse, Kahlo, Schjerfbeck and Warhol. Series was exhibited in Pori Arzz art exhibition in Generaattorigalleria in Pori and later in Runo in Tampere 2012.