Cats And Christmas Cards

Greetings from TUROK Cat Exhibition in Turku Messukeskus. I’m here today until 4pm selling Cat Art and Christmas Cards so come to say hello if you’re in the area. If today’s not possible for you come tomorrow instead to Turku VPK Christmas Sale from 11am to 4pm. I’ll be there with my goodies.

P.S. Thanks to my beloved Herra Kuula for taking these photographs and helping me with everything. 

Animated Dreams in Tallinn

Greetings from Tallinn. I’m at the moment travelling back home from animation festival Animated Dreams held in the beautiful city Tallinn in Estonia. I was there for 4-days with my schoolmates and it was a blast. We ate well, enjoyed the historic scenery and shopped cheap art supplies. 

But I must admit I was little disappointed by the dark tone of most of the festival short films: they were often violent and rough. Nevertheless I managed to see few shorts that I was inspired by. Those were G-Aaah by Elizabeth Hobbs, Parade by Digna van der Put and You Are Not The Strongest by Emilio Yerba. These three were delightful, witty and pleasant to look at. I also saw the most enjoyable French feature animation film called Louise By The Shore by Jean-François Laguionie about an old lady and a dog in a seaside town. As my friend said it, it felt like a warm hug after all the war themed shorts. 

Now heading back home and school to finish my own very first drawn animation short. Here are some snaps from the trip. Enjoy!

UHANALAISET in Kirjakahvila

This is the fastest ever I’ve organized an exhibition. On last Tuesday I got an email that Eteiskabinetti in Kirjakahvila has no reservation for April. That if I wanted to I could hang my UHANALAISET paintings there. So I did do just that on Friday morning and now the UHANALAISET are in the walls of this small study room in Kirjakahvila until the May Day. The room is located right next to the entrance.

Kirjakahvila is a nice cafe in the old centrum of Turku. The area is called Old Great Square. The name of Kirjakahvila means “book cafe” and there are tons of books to be bought or read. They also organize all sorts of events and film screenings. I also recommend their vegan brunch every sunday. And they give discount for students. Jey! Go check out the Uhanalaiset Goes Turku mini exhibition before May.

P.S. The paintings are for sale so send me a message elli(at)maanpaa.com if interested on doing some art investements.

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Greetings From The Market Booth

So yesterday was well spent selling my art and postcards in the Christmas Market at the Turku Messukeskus. The photograph of my booth is taken by my beloved Mr Kuula who accompanied me the whole day. Thank you for everyone who came!

I promised that I’m going to list here in the blog also all the art prints I had for sale there. So that you can order them online if needed. I’ll post the pictures and instructions soon. Now: Happy Independence Day to Finland!12299113_899569126785455_4508994358140601908_n

Christmas Market Is Coming To Town

December has started so it’s almost Christmas. Tomorrow – on Saturday the 5th of December – I will take part in the biggest Christmas Sale in Finland. It’s held in Turku Messukeskus from 11am to 5pm. Besides the Christmas cards I’ll be selling prints of the UHANALAISET – ENDANGERED paintings and the Grumpy Cat With Friends -originals. The bus number 100 travels between Turku city centre and the venue. So come to say hello! (Image: Santa doodle from yesterday)ellimaanpaa_joulumyyjaiset_2015

Pikkupanda of Finland

Last but definitely not least the Pikkupanda of Finland (below in right) from the UHANALAISET exhibition. Tom of Finland (artist name of Touko Laaksonen) might very well be the most known artist from Finland internationally. His skilful homoerotic pencil drawings of sailors, cops and bikers were widely admired when he drew them during the 80’s and still are. Just last year Finnish linen company Finlayson made a Tom of Finland collection in his honour. These sailors (below in left) have been drawn approximately 1985. My endangered power animal in the painting is red panda which is pikkupanda in Finnish. Below you can see how I proceed with my acrylic paints on the 50cm x 50cm canvas to recreate the same vibe as in the original illustration.

P.S. Tonight is the last Kissojen Yö – Night of the Cats of this year in the Korkeasaari zoo in Helsinki and it’s super cool event. After this weekend also my UHANALAISET exhibition will close in the Korkeasaari so it’s almost the last chance to visit. I’m also gonna visit the zoo tonight because all the fun. So see you there maybe?Pikkupanda-of-finland_elli-maanpaa_Uhanalaiset_2015 Pikkupanda-of-finland_elli-maanpaa_Uhanalaiset_2015 Pikkupanda-of-finland_elli-maanpaa_Uhanalaiset_2015