Aid For Imagination

Has that happened to you that you’d like to draw something from your imagination but when you stare at that blank sheet of paper all the ideas you had just a moment ago, vanishes? It for sure has happened to me. When I’m ready to fall asleep or walking outside my mind is full of images. But when I’m facing a blank white paper my mind becomes as blank and I cannot think anything to draw. In this weeks video on the Elli Maanpää Art channel, I show a way to go around that. How to make the empty paper burst into endless drawing possibilities.

P.S. I’m leaving to another Euranim Video Mapping workshop – this time in Lille, France – on Sunday so I might not be posting much next week. But I’ll film a vlog from the travel so in a way I’m gonna take you with me. You just have to wait and see.


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Chat With Dreams

What a better day to post this video about dreams than the one when I finally saw the movie “La La Land”. Loved it. I hope you like half as much my today’s speed drawing with brush markers. The work (both drawing and video) could be called “Chat With Your Dreams”. That’s the way to know where to head next.

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August Favourites

1) Frannerd Illustrator and Youtuber – I actually stole this idea for monthly favourites from her. I hope she’s not upset 😳 (sorry and thank you). I adore her personal illustration style and charismatic Youtube artist persona. 2) Balcony – I’m moving to a new flat in September which has a balcony. 3) Taco Nitos Taco Tuesdays – Their gluten free vegetarian tacos are tan ricos. 4) Sleep With Me -Podcast in Spotify. 5) Julieta – Almodovar’s new film. Perfect story telling, fantastic performances, enjoyable colour scheme. And it was such a special experience to see it with my mom. 6) Designing Patterns – Book by Lotta Kühlhorn. 7) Jazz dance classes – Autumn semester started after summer break. 8) Gluten free cake – cafe Agata opened in Helsinki (Annankatu 22). 9) Braids – My hair is finally long enough to make this crown like hairdo again. 10) Mänttä Art Festival – Amazing art all over Mänttä. Pic featuring Kalevi Helvetti’s drawing: Haikala

Window Daydreaming

One of my free time leisures is to go to Pinterest and window daydream with images. I collect inspirational pictures of places I’d like to go, moments I’d like to live and people I’d like to be. Today I made myself a new mood board wallpaper from my current inspirations: from Tove Jansson to kittens.

I don’t know all the credits for the photographs – you can find the Pinterest links for them from my profile. For the artist that took the photos I’d like to say thank you for enlightening the world with your images. Have a wonderful weekend all!

P.S. Feel free to download this wallpaper for your own use if it suits your fancy.2016_moodboard_elli.jpg

Lovely Ladies as Art Prints

ENG: Pssst. Still in time for Christmas. I have limited edition of my Lovely Ladies as A4 sized prints for sale. They cost 10€ a piece (+ the postal cost 4€). Three prints are 20€. Payment can be made trough Paypal. Each print is hand signed by me. Order by sending me email at elli(at)manpaa.com

FIN: Pssst. Vielä ehtii jouluksi. Myynnissä nyt rajattu valikoima muusa-maalauksiani A4 kokoisina taideprintteinä. Niiden hinta on 1kpl 10€ ja 3kpl 20€ (+ postitusmaksu 4€). Maksun voi tehdä suoraan tililla tai Paypalin kautta. Jokainen printti on käsin signeerattu. Tilaa lähettämällä minulle sähköpostia osoitteeseen elli(at)maanpaa.comelli-maanpaa_art_2015_1 copyelli-maanpaa_art_2015_2 copyelli-maanpaa_art_2015_3 copyelli-maanpaa_art_2015_4 copyelli-maanpaa_art_2015_5 copy

Waiting For The Winter Sleep

It’s heaven to run away from the hectic city life to the forest of Southern Ostrobothnia. These photographs are from last weekend which I spent with my parents at our summer cottage. I hiked hours and hours in the countryside landscapes and found my zen. Now the nature and me are ready for the hibernation.
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Camera: Olympus Pen Lite E-PL6