Look For The Winter Light

Winter in Finland can feel like lifetime in Mordor. There is days when I feel like I’m living in the never ending night surrounded only by darkness. But as you know: light looks the brightest next to a shadow. So when the missed sun rises above the horizon there couldn’t be prettier place to be. Also loved ones, winter treats and drawing are my go to when I’m in need for some extra light. Now there is already promise of Spring in the air and another winter bites the dust. Bye winter. In your darkness you shine.01_winter_photograph_elli-maanpaa02_winter-photograph_elli-maanpaa

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Paper Art Snowflakes

Snowflakes have danced they way to Finland. My home town Turku is snowy white this week. Inspired by the icy stars I created these three paper art illustrations for Joulukorttikauppa: Ballerina, Snow Queen and Hot Air Balloons. See the Joulukorttikauppa – Part 2: Snowflakes video in Elli Maanpää Art channel to see how I made them.

Winter Wonderland

Sääukolla oli tänä sesonkina todellista draaman tajua. Koko syksyn Suomessa oli pilkkopimeää ja märkää. Ainoa lumi jota taivaalta tulla tupsahteli oli räntää ja se suli samantein pois kun se kosketti maata. Kunnes jouluaattoa edeltävänä viikonloppuna alkoi vihdoin pakastaa. Pari päivää putkeen lunta tulla tuprutteli taivaalta. Aatto- ja joulupäivänä koko maailma oli lumivaipassa ja aurinko helotti pakkastaivaalta. Saimme sittenkin valkoisen joulun. Niin kaunista. Nyt lumet ovat jo sulaneet, mutta mieltäni edelleen lämmittää nämä joululomalla ottamani valokuvat talven ihmemaasta.

Weather man had real sense of drama this season. For the whole Autumn it had been super dark and rainy in Finland. The only snow we had sawn before Christmas was sleet. Until the weekend before Christmas when it started to get colder. It snowed for few days straight. So in time for Christmas Eve the whole world had turned white and sun was shining from the subzero sky. We got the white christmas we were hoping for. It was so beautiful. Now the snow has melted away but these pictures of the winter wonderland I took during the holidays still warm my heart.

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Hey girl, put the beanie on so you don’t freeze your brain!” I did. Right after taking the selfie. Have a great weekend regardless what the weather is like!

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