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more driftwood

In this series of driftwood on Lillooet Lake which I've been posting, many of the photos appeared somewhat blue in hue. With this group, I played with desaturation, which gave me black and white, then added a light sepia... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/09/2013 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

cedar twine

At the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, which we visited last month, a guide had taken a group of us around. The end of the tour saw us in a longhouse style activity room where each of us... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/07/2013 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Photoworks, Textures

 

New World Finn interview



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I am thrilled and honoured to have been interviewed for an article in this summer's issue of the New World Finn magazine, a quarterly journal exploring Finnish culture in the New World....

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Marja-Leena | 19/06/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Arkeo, Being an Artist, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric

 

two sketches

Two quick drawings from my art school days recently came back home to me, one of my then future mother-in-law and one of my future husband. She loved these so I had given them to her. They were framed... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/05/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings

 

Save Studio Art

Just when the school year is finishing and many students in Studio Arts have put up their graduation exhibition, the administration at Capilano University in North Vancouver has announced that they would have to make cuts to many programs... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/05/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Current Events

 

heartwarming

I know I've been quiet here lately. We've had a full and wonderful week, first with friends visiting from Alberta whom we had not seen in something like a decade. Then yesterday friends from Victoria came for lunch. The... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/04/2013 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events, Human, Photoworks

 

a busy month

Like September, April is a busy and transitional month for me. Instead of going to 'school' aka the print studio, I go through the reverse. Last week I packed up and brought home my completed editions and supplies. To... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/04/2013 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

found photos

Left: Dream Vessel    Centre: Dream Structure    Right: Memory/Dreams IV Left: Memory/Dreams I    Centre: Memory/Dreams III These two photographs dropped out from inside some papers I was sorting through while looking for something else, as often happens. They are installation... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/04/2013 | 14 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Dreams

 

housefly

about to sweep the floor saw the dead dark fly what would a scan show? iridescent colours, dust and fibres invisible to the naked eye... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/03/2013 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

basket twine

found in studio 'junk' wound up and tied remembering a frayed basket edge unwound and free captured and filed for future use then a revisit of jute, more jute and twine(d) Added 19th March: My dear friend Susan, in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/03/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Photoworks, Textures

 

more Robert Young

Over five years ago I wrote about BC artist Robert Young and his visit to the printmaking studio at Capilano University. Please read that article then come back here. Last week by an odd chance, Robert and I had... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/03/2013 | 9 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Other artists

 

on Howe Sound

A couple of days ago, on Monday, we went out to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, where there is a ferry terminal servicing the islands and the Sunshine Coast. One of our favourite seafood restaurants, where we had lunch... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/02/2013 | 16 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Environment

 

hand studies (3)

As I mentioned in hand studies (2), I'm playing with the idea of a series of hands other than my own. Our twelve year old granddaughter was an eager and willing model at the scanner. We did a number... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/02/2013 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Photoworks

 

nine

Here she is 'dressed to the nines' for her ninth blog anniversary today, with a wish to extend warmest thank yous to all readers for your visits, comments, conversations and friendship over these years. Though I post less frequently... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/02/2013 | 23 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Home

 

hand studies (2)

Granddaughter Niamh's hands These are two of the several photos I took the day I had the idea to use an image of both our granddaughters' hands for our Christmas 2012 card. I might play with these some more... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/01/2013 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Photoworks

 

nests

Now and then I try to do some housekeeping of my too numerous files on this computer as well as the archives of this blog. In my recent rounds, I came across some more photos of one of the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/01/2013 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

hand studies

While I continue to work on my Hands series, I am also thinking of possibilities to follow, whether they will be variations on the same theme or something else, I don't know yet. Anyway, I did some playing with... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/01/2013 | 16 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Other artists, Photoworks

 

'Hands' on the wall


These are the first six of my ongoing Hands series of prints all together...

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Marja-Leena | 17/01/2013 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Hands, Printworks

 

underfoot, again

On our New Year's Eve day walk I took many photos, posting some of trees against water and sky, where I was looking up and out a great deal. To view the ones above, I'm looking down, something commenters... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/01/2013 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photoworks, Urban

 

scrunched 3

On this rainy Boxing Day afternoon, I am enjoying some quiet time in the middle of the holiday fun. The younger generations are enjoying playing board games while I wander off to play with some of the discarded wrapping... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/12/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Photoworks, Textures

 

Christmas card

As mentioned previously, my current art work is centered around images of hands with objects. Thus came the inspiration for this year's Christmas card, with both our granddaughters' hands holding a Nordic straw Christmas ornament. Giving a gift. I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/12/2012 | 26 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Current Events, Home

 

12/12/12

Interesting date today, isn't it? This sent me for a quick look through my archives for posts on past December 12s. On December 12th, 2005, I wrote about juggling the many roles in my life in this busiest time... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/12/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Culture, Current Events, Home

 

prints, prints, prints

The annual Print Sale is coming up fast at the Studio Art printmaking department at Capilano University. As always it will feature intaglio, relief, silk screen and digital prints created by students, Art Institute members and faculty in the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/11/2012 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

month to Christmas

- a locally made replica of a Viking boat in front of the Scandinavian Centre - the gorgeous stone fireplace in the grand room - note the old wooden skis... A sunny Sunday! Today we went with two daughters... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/11/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric

 

scrunched 2

More explorations with torn and scrunched papers, this time from magazines. Quite different from the scrunched print I did recently. Wonder where these are going?... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/11/2012 | 18 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

in progress

Here's a peek at some of my work that is in progress in the printmaking studio. These are early trial proofs. More about these later when the series is a bit more finished. I must get outside to work... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/11/2012 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Hands, Printworks

 

scrunched

.... some play with torn and crumpled printed paper And, wishing a spooky yet safe Halloween, weather and storms permitting. The link has my favourite image for this day.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/10/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

giving thanks

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. I first wrote about it in 2004, for myself as I researched its roots, and for readers unfamiliar with the Canadian custom that is held much earlier than its American version. In our... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/10/2012 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Home

 

threes

1. Garden: We had a record dry August and September here, and still no rain. I have trouble keeping up with watering. With cooling nights now, the last of the tomatoes were harvested, with the green ones ripening in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/10/2012 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

artists in conversation

Yesterday afternoon we went to see an exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery called Odd Occurrences: Narrative in the Art of Kristin Bjornerud, Tamara Bond, Tomoyo Ihaya, and Carrie Walker. Here is the exhibition statement: The artists in Odd... [Continue Reading...]

autumn equinox

One day last week when I was leaving the studio and walking back to my car, the changing colours on the trees and shrubs along the path made me slow down to enjoy them. Feeling as if I were... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/09/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

signs of autumn

- when a grandchild brings you a couple of leaves in the colours of fall - when going back to the print studio feels like going back to school - when dear artist friends gather together again after a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/09/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home, Nature, Photoworks

 

a test piece

Untitled torn etchings, mylar and cotton string 14.5cm x 24.5 cm. (5.5" x 10") plus string I recently found this in an old sketchbook. It was a little test I once made to experiment with a way of mounting... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/08/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Older Works, Printmaking

 

enervation

still hot and humid, even last night wilting, dripping, headachy, cranky Fading like these flowers (the name** has escaped me - anyone?). I did manage to register for a space this fall in the printmaking studio, swallowing a huge... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/08/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

postcard art fundraiser

I first wrote about this fundraiser, Wish You Were Here, a few weeks ago. It is an inaugural event put on by CARFAC BC for artists. Everyone is welcome to attend the event on Friday, June 22nd at W2... [Continue Reading...]

another batik

STRATA - batik on cotton, 100 x 147 cm. (39" x 58"), 1981 In the previous post about batiks and in the conversation with commenters, I recalled a commissioned batik hanging I'd done. Marly's question about it inspired me... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/05/2012 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Care of Art Works

 

batiks

Needing a break from all the 'spring projects' and while waiting for the fumes of varnish to dissipate, I felt the call of my studio. Impulsively I delved into the bottom drawer of my old wooden flat files where... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/05/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Care of Art Works, Other artists

 

Wish You Were Here

This is for artists in British Columbia.... I have just put together my little package of prints to mail to CARFAC BC's inaugural postcard fundraiser called Wish You Were Here. If you are a member, or wish to join if... [Continue Reading...]

torn drawings

As I go through numerous life drawings from decades ago, the least favourite are being ripped up and put into the paper recycling bin. Today, I decided to rip these into even smaller pieces and feed them to the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/05/2012 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings

 

reclining figures

For today, two more extended figure studies from that roll from 1982-83. I think my quicker ones feel livelier and fresher, though of course these figures are not in a lively position. More time sometimes leads to overworked and/or... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/05/2012 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings

 

portrait studies



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Marja-Leena | 09/05/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Care of Art Works, Drawings

 

maquettry



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Writing-on-Stone series



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Silent Messengers: Writing-on-Stone I

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Silent Messengers: Writing-on-Stone II

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more drawings

I am continuing to go through some rolls of old life drawings and document a few of them. The one on the top here was rolled next to the first drawing I showed yesterday and seems to be of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/04/2012 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Care of Art Works, Drawings

 

studio update

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I have been reorganizing and cleaning my small home studio to make room for a very large set of used flat files which I'd finally found after years of searching. What a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/04/2012 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Care of Art Works, Drawings, Other artists

 

spring projects

- potting up tomato seedlings and rooted cuttings of flowers (and taking photos above), getting down close and personal with weeds in the garden - moving everything out of our bedroom including ourselves, removing 27 year old carpet, painting... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/04/2012 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

mirror mirror

more play with some of the printed images from the last session in my studio, now with a mirror... not sure where this is going yet but having fun with it... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/03/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Printmaking

 

in the studio

Half of my studio table is covered with a pile of proofs from various prints as I never like to throw anything away. Today I played with some pieces of prints on paper layered with printed film. I rather... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/03/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printmaking

 

this morning

Brilliant sunshine streaming in through windows Blinding reflections off water A mood lifter after days of cold stormy rainy Visit to the dentist for cleaning and checkup This view as reward, for it never bores Now to the garden... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/02/2012 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

eight

- a small collagraph print with colour added digitally I am so pleased with this new blog design. As it turns out, it is the perfect eighth blog anniversary gift from Elisa and J, though likely the timing was... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/02/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Printmaking

 

music, friends, art...

It has been quiet here on the blog while life has been exciting some days, sometimes leaving me too tired for words (partly due to a cold as well). So just a list as to what has been going... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/01/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Home, Music, Neat stuff

 

twelfth night


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Marja-Leena | 06/01/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Drawings, Printmaking

 

today's work/play

Some readers were curious about the etching I used to make the rubbing yesterday. Here is the deeply etched copperplate, about 12.5 x 28 cm. You may have seen it before though I could not find more than a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/01/2012 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings, Printmaking

 

not a doodle


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Marja-Leena | 04/01/2012 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings

 

doodles

Surely everybody doodles, at least sometimes? I often do. The top one was one done with pencil on some scrap paper a few weeks ago, absent-mindedly at first as the act of doodling usually is, then consciously as I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/01/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings

 

2011 in review - 2

Continuing my review of some of this year's favourite photos from the Photoworks theme, this time from the July to December posts. July: junkyard finds 6 August: almost September September: jute October: autumnal shadow play November: hand in worship December:... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/12/2011 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography, Photoworks

 

2011 in review - 1

Inspired by other bloggers who are doing year-end reviews, usually of books they have read, I thought this year I would try one for the first time. I have chosen a month by month review of my better photos... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/12/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography, Photoworks

 

solstice and yule time

at 9:30 pm here in the Pacific Standard Time zone on this evening of December 2011, if I understand it right, it is Solstice Time, time to nod to Midwinter and the pagan traditions of Yule, Yulefest, Jul, Joulu....... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/12/2011 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Current Events

 

December sunrise

7:40 am 8:00 am First day of the last month of the year and I'm far too busy! This week I've done some gardening, cleaned the house, had an overnight guest, and spent this day preparing prints for our... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/12/2011 | 21 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

calling cards

found in the back of a drawer, yellowed, faded, forgotten, made from collagraph trimmings, in pre-digital days... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/11/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

autumnal reds

My current passion for the colour red in my latest printworks is also jumping out at me with its abundance amongst the fall colours of many trees around here right now, especially the maples. Added November 13th... this quote... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/11/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

sneak preview

Falling behind as I am with my blog posting here, I offer my faithful readers a little sneak peek at what is currently keeping me very busy. This is a section of a work in progress for what I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/11/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Fragments, Printworks

 

hand in worship


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Marja-Leena | 04/11/2011 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Nature, Photography, Photoworks

 

patterns

thinking about patterns and textures as fragments, as possibilities for layering with other objects, .... still a work in progress... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/10/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

twine(d)

More treasures from the bottom of my 'textures for collagraphs' bag... Coarser and stiffer than jute, is it sisal? Fascinating how these recent scans of twine have brought forth many comments and questions about the fibres, and sent me... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/10/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

more jute

I am really enjoying revisiting this wonderful fibre! I'm surprised and pleased at all the comments the first jute post received. Meanwhile some of the jute imagery has gone into a new print I'm currently working on so wish... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/09/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Printmaking, Textures

 

origins


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detail from FRAGMENTS II

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almost September

The last of the summer's visitors are gone but this late summer heat wave still slows me down. My thoughts are swinging to my return to the printmaking studio after the Labour Day long weekend in September. Many ideas... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/08/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Photoworks

 

sepia

Elisa and her little girls arrived safely in London in the early hours of this morning, Vancouver time. They are joyful seeing husband and father after more than two months. The last few days have been a whirlwind, then... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/08/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

revisiting macro photowork

I fell in love with macro photography about a year and a half ago, going through a long learning process and taking lots of photos for many months. It's been an embarrassingly long time now since I took any... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/07/2011 | 16 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Photoworks, Textures

 

an artist's garden

About a week ago I wrote about some garden art we'd installed to hold up some flowering plants. One commenter in that post mentioned Derek Jarman's garden in Kent, England, including a link to wonderful photos of it as... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/07/2011 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Other artists

 

garden art

Summer seems to have finally arrived here with the turn of the month. After a long cold gloomy spring, the light now seems almost too brilliant, especially for photography. We've been out on the good days in the past... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/07/2011 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

another hand print

While Elisa was having her metalwork lesson with Richard, I explored outside his barn/workshop/studio with camera in hand. Amazing what visual treasures can be found in what seems like a junkyard of old cars, farm equipment, snowblowers and assorted... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/06/2011 | 21 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

a silver quarter

I give you a brief break from Gabriola rocks to tell you about curiosity and an unusual looking Canadian silver quarter which I found in the pile of change on husband's dresser. On one side it has three figures... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/05/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

Beaty Biodiversity Museum - 3

Moving along in the Beaty to look at the specimens in the glazed display cases, still in the Atrium and below the Blue Whale, I was immediately enthralled by the gorgeous skulls of many creatures. I'm sorry I don't... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/03/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Nature, Photoworks

 

Fragments III



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Marja-Leena | 11/03/2011 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Fragments

 

Fragments II



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Marja-Leena | 08/03/2011 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Fragments

 

Fragments I



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Marja-Leena | 06/03/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Fragments, Printworks

 

naming

Just before the holidays, I finished printing the third piece in a group of three large prints that I had been working on during the fall. I'm very excited and pleased with them. As usual they had 'working titles' while... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/01/2011 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

amber

This glorious amber sunrise met me as I walked into the kitchen about 8:00 am this morning, after a clear frosty night! The sunshine stayed with us all day so we were able to put up the outdoor holiday... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/12/2010 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

December sun

about 2:00 pm on December 1st looking southwest from our back deck After the monsoon month of November with its tease of snow, sunshine, weak as it is, delights now in December. Yesterday morning a stunning brief surprise when... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/12/2010 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

end of November

'Tis the last day of the month of November, and the last day of this month's challenge to write a blog post daily. I've not done this before and must admit It has been a struggle sometimes, especially the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/11/2010 | 17 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

droplets

Busy days now. After completing the printing of two editions last week, yesterday I did some more work on the third piece which I plan to edition on Monday. Today I put together a stack of prints for the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/11/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

the pencil cup

Do you keep a cup or mug on your desk to hold your pens and pencils? Next to this computer is a desk lamp with a heavy indented base which holds my 'stuff'. This evening I had the urge... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/11/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, Photoworks

 

art and healing

detail of a tie-dyed table runner I created a long time ago - not related to subject below Many question the purpose of art. Here's one answer in this wonderful story about art and healing.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/11/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Other artists

 

at the print studio

Here are some glimpses of the printmaking studio in which I work - my desk with the proof on the wall which I printed last week, and our wide-format inkjet printer, affectionately called Lucy.... [Continue Reading...]

old Finnish jewelry

Somewhat related to my 'textures of home' series, but much more personal, featured here are some very old Finnish pendants and a brooch that have been passed on to me. These styles were and still are commonly worn with... [Continue Reading...]

a full day

first short-lived snow on the mountains, October 27th In the printmaking studio this morning, I'm thrilled with the first large proof of my new print! Over town this afternoon for an appointment, then joined by husband. We met his... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/11/2010 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

little sketchbook

As some of you know, we visited Montreal last June and met in person long-time online friend Beth and her husband. I've been wanting to show this special and beautiful gift Beth gave me, a little sketchbook about 10... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/10/2010 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings, Other artists, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

the antique suitcase

18546 What journeys has this old suitcase seen? What memories are held within? It began in a suitcase factory in Finland... when? in the 1940's? Who in the family bought it? My own memory is unclear, I think it was... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/10/2010 | 21 comments
themes: Being an Artist, History

 

ship in the night

As I seek something warm to drink and soothe me to sleep, the lights of a ship anchored in the sea light my way to the kitchen, I hope to dream of exotic voyages to romantic southern isles but... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/10/2010 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

back pats

1. Congratulations to Mark Woods on Wood s Lot's 10th anniversary of blogging marvelous excerpts and links to interesting and eclectic writings and art. I also enjoy his lovely photographs of areas in eastern Canada that have been gracing... [Continue Reading...]

labours of love

There's not been much art busy-ness happening here since I wrote this art and garden busy-ness post last April. I've been busy with garden, family, a few little trips away but lots of laziness too, sometimes due to hot... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/09/2010 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

women who inspire

I am touched and honoured that author Kate A. Laity has chosen me as one of many women who are 'an inspiration' over at a new women's group blog curiously called Women's League of Ale Drinkers, a repository of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/08/2010 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Books

 

'original' copies

Art factories in China aren't news to me, but this really blew my mind: There are no sticky ethical problems involved in the booming trade. As long as the Dafen copy artist does not forge a signature or try to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/07/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts

 

west coast retreat

back from a few days on the wild west coast.... more later!... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/05/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Nature, Photoworks

 

growing vegetables

Or, really, the trouble with growing some of your own vegetables.... Why did we, a month ago, book a short holiday for next week, at the busiest time of the gardening season? Spring had been so cool that my... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/05/2010 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

Leonardo da Vinci Drawings

This is a week late but I cannot let it go by without expressing my excitement, astonishment and feelings of being newly inspired by the greatest Renaissance man. Days before the exhibition was to end, my husband and I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/05/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Drawings, Other artists

 

art & garden busy-ness

I wish you could smell the heavenly scent of these first lily-of-the-valley flowers from my garden. The next virtual sense to come one day via the web? I'm still busy in the printmaking studio finishing up work, then about... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/04/2010 | 16 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Print Triennials, Printmaking

 

cucurbita

What a busy week with appointments and intense work in the studio including one rough day when things were not working for me. Aah, Saturday morning. Sleeping in a little. Dawdling over breakfast. Time to smell the roses or... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/03/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

circles

While hunting for a certain image in my older digital photo albums, I came upon these in a folder called 'patterns' which I don't think I've posted before. They mirror my current feeling of going around in circles, repeating... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/03/2010 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

textures of home #5

What does an insomniac artist do at 3 am instead of sleeping? Scanning and blogging. Might as well be creative, eh.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/03/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

thoughts on the day

Some days my body feels old from pain and insomnia though in my mind I'm still young and beautiful. Some days melancholia may touch me like softly fluttering wings as I remember many loved ones no longer here. On... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/02/2010 | 18 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Music

 

she sees shells

                    like an explorer of new lands with a new eye, a new lens finding exciting textures to inspire her inner printmaker    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/02/2010 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

more spring blooms

    Bewitched by a bank of golden witch hazels     Captivated by the scent of viburnum bodnantense     Delighted by the humble English lawn daisy    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/02/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photography

 

six years

        I almost forgot! Today is the sixth anniversary of this blog! Thinking back to when I began, I would not have believed this would become such an important part of my life, and how many wonderful connections... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/02/2010 | 20 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

Get Out

Go here to see this fabulous award-winning short animation film with a stunning surprise ending. You will enjoy it! Found at Chris Tyrell's Blog. This gives me the opportunity to mention that Chris Tyrell is a well-known arts advocate... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/01/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Films, Neat stuff

 

by the Fraser River estuary

    Yesterday afternoon was one of sad goodbyes as we saw our daughter and granddaughters to the airport for their flight back home to London. Husband took the afternoon off work too, so we could do a little exploring... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/01/2010 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

transitions, again

It's been some time since I've shared what I've been doing in the printmaking studio. I wrote about transitions last September, now I feel as if I'm again in that state of mind. In the fall I created and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/01/2010 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Printworks

 

macros: January garden

                        Thank you all for the comments and conversation on my last post about my efforts on learning macro photography. Above are the photos I took that same day outdoors in our garden using the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/01/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photography, Photoworks

 

on macro photography


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Marja-Leena | 17/01/2010 | 23 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photography, Photoworks

 

scanning fun

            One day in the kitchen just after the holidays, I had the sudden urge to scan something that was on its way into the garbage. Here are a few of the images I captured. I bet... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/01/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures, Tools and technology

 

branching out

                practicing with the new camera lens, still on a steep learning curve...    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/01/2010 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

sunrise

Nature in her gaudiest dress made a sudden dramatic though brief appearance on the world's stage this morning. Hastily snapped between 7:48 and 7:55 a.m. at the front door as I was leaving the house and then standing at... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/01/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

after the rains (2)

Ever since I remember, I've been captivated by little burbly creeks, especially when they seem to appear where none were before, by the water dancing over rocks and soil, urgently, ever forward, downwards, forming little waterfalls, emerging out of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/01/2010 | 17 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

happy winterfest

Happy Christmas, Hauskaa Joulua, Frohe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noël, God Jul or Blessed Midwinter! Wishing all of you a joyful holiday, full of cheer with those who are dear, as well as some quiet moments for gratitude and peace. Many... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/12/2009 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Current Events

 

'Tis the shortest day

and the longest night for us in the northern hemisphere. It's a very dark and rainy day here in Vancouver starting strangely at an unseasonal high of 10C (50 F) and to drop down to 5C (41F) this afternoon. But... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/12/2009 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Folk Legends & Myths

 

in the woods

Today's walk in weak sunshine, to clear sugar-overload-cobwebs from my mind. Here, balmy almost spring-like air, while there's snow elsewhere. Vivid green moss on tree trunks, ferns decorating them and forest floor. Fallen trees from past storms quickly returning to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/12/2009 | 17 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

frost ferns

7:30 a.m. this morning, on the solarium skylights then later a little playing with photoshop.... compare with frost fractals and first frost... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/12/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

November's end

As usual here on the 'wetcoast', November has been very rainy and often very windy, with above average precipitation but maybe not quite record-breaking except for early snow on the mountains. Some days the darkness has felt a bit... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/11/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Culture

 

bursting

I slept deeply after the 'night scribblings' and woke up late and refreshed. The creative binge of ideas and energy continued all weekend. I wonder what I ate or drank or what phase of moon affected me so strongly... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/11/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

night scribblings

above: a note to myself, scribbled at 1:00 am, Saturday November 14th, 2009. Below is the unedited text beach, west coast sound of waves as I drift to sleep misty - then between dream back to awake images of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/11/2009 | 19 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

on this day

                This morning in the printmaking studio was somewhat frustrating for me. Lucy, our trusty and faithful wide-format printer was not happy. I've been trying to print a trial proof of a template image for my... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/11/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Arkeo, Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography

 

more Hornby rocks

a few more photos of Hornby Island's rocks a busy week but in a good way, despite continuing insomnia fall gardening, housework and much art making a most heartwarming time with a friend here for dinner and breakfast life... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/10/2009 | 16 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks

 

transitions

Detail of a totem in Thunderbird Park, Victoria Though there have been many exhilarating days, I've often been feeling exhausted this month due to sleeping poorly. I realize that's because I'm going through a time of transition in many... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/09/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

island hopping

        Last weekend we finally, after many years since, revisited Hornby Island, one of our favourite places on BC's west coast. Creating our own five-day long weekend beginning Friday morning (August 28th) we caught the ferry from Horseshoe... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/09/2009 | 19 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

August 12th

Today I'm struggling to write about an artist exhibition I saw in London three months ago - oh, that long ago, no wonder! My mind wanders about as I read about the artist and visit some blogs. This one... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/08/2009 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

London: blogger meetups

(left to right: Jean, Lady Penelope, yours truly, Stuart, Natalie and Dick) I was very excited to meet a few blogger friends while visiting the UK. The very first meeting, only two days after arriving in London, was with... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/06/2009 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Travel

 

home again

    My apologies for being so silent for the past month, even now that we are at home after our three-and-a-half-week trip to the UK and Paris. My good intentions of blogging frequently did not happen and I often... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/05/2009 | 23 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Travel

 

travel update

Time for a quick travel update while we're having a much-needed restful pause here in London at our daughter's home. We've seen and experienced so much around here as well as trips to Birmingham, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells and several... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/05/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Travel

 

travel bug

    Oh, I've had no time to blog! Instead I've been: - printing itinerary, packing lists, maps, addresses - transferring some of my files to husband's MacBook so that I can keep 'connected' - shopping for gifts, special requests,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/04/2009 | 19 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Travel

 

mossy twists

Feeling a bit twisted by busy-ness, yet mossy when idled by exhaustion.... I've so much to write, particularly about a fantastic art exhibition by a favourite artist that we saw on the weekend, and a wonderful walk, and about... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/04/2009 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

spring and birthdays

'Tis the first day of spring and I'm longing for the weather to match! A very cold winter not easing up for spring means this year the garden is unusually late for normally balmy Vancouver. Blame the depressing weather if... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/03/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Home

 

talk on creativity

You must watch this amazing video at TED. Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have"... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/02/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Films

 

five years

        Is it a sign of age that one begins to momentarily forget how old one is or how long one's been married? I sometimes have to go back to my birth or wedding date and count from... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/02/2009 | 25 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

Lael's Winter Story 2008

    Once again, we wish to share our pride and delight with what has become an annual tradition: a gift from our now eight-year old granddaughter and her family, Lael's Winter Story 2008. Lael made up the story and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/12/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

broken glass

        decorated the tree this evening another glass ornament fell to pieces first decorations from our first Christmas becoming fewer each year... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/12/2008 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, Photoworks

 

winter garden

This beauty is from my indoor collection of plants, a zygocactus I think. Taking advantage of a spot of sunshine this afternoon, I wandered about outside in my garden, clipping red berried branches, fragrant cedar and shiny green ivy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/12/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

wings

        Allow me a little self-congratulatory pat on the back - qarrtsiluni has my photo Wings up! And I'm told that this is my tenth publication in it, and that you can see all of them here. qarrtsiluni's current... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/11/2008 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, Photoworks

 

fog, frost and sun

        Thick fog all night and this morning, then sudden brilliance magnified by mirroring water.         Rising light reveals season's first frost on cold glass. Capture it quickly before sun's melting touch!         Long low golden light... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/11/2008 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

fairy happy birthday

    We've just had a delightful iChat (video chat) with our youngest granddaughter Niamh on her third birthday. She opened her birthday presents in front of us, then promptly began to paint with the watercolours and paper we gave... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/11/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events

 

motivation

    I felt really happy this fall with the progress on my art work, with ARKEO #4 and #5. However this month my artmaking has suddenly stalled, as have fall garden cleanup and long walks, and it's not just... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/11/2008 | 19 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

walk in the park

        Another glorious fall day today! A walk in the park was absolutely essential. It was amazing how many leaves were covering the paths and they were delightfully dry and rustling underfoot. So often they are soggy and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/10/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photography

 

golden

            Our October days have been alternating between warm and sunny with crisp nights or cool and rainy. Today was a golden day with a clear blue sky. As I was driving home from the studio, I felt... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/10/2008 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photography

 

moving on

        test print of a small collagraph     Well, the elections are over, for better or worse, here in Canada. Harper and the Tories won, but thankfully only another minority government. What for, at such great expense, and for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/10/2008 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

Arts funding cuts

Last Sunday afternoon, my husband and I went to a concert at the Chan Centre out at UBC. One of the UBC Centenary Gala series this year, it featured BC born, UBC alumnus and acclaimed tenor, Ben Heppner, and the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/10/2008 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Culture, Current Events, Music

 

hands, still


I keep thinking a lot about hands and what they do. Hunt, plant, gather and eat food. Cook, clean, sew, build. Touch, hold, caress, massage, love. Hold tools to make, write, create, play. And print and paint hands on rock walls...........

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splendid September

    (scan of maple leaf found in old telephone book)     After a very wet and cool second-half-of-August, we have had non-stop sunny days, and hot ones this week too! I love the contrasts of the cooler nights and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/09/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

poetry postcards

        I'm delighted to share with you that Tom Montag and I have had our collaboration Blue accepted and up at Postal Poetry, an exciting new site for individually and collaboratively created poetry postcards. Tom has already expressed his... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/09/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Found Objects, Photoworks

 

ARKEO series


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detail from ARKEO #2

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Marja-Leena | 26/08/2008 | 19 comments
themes: Arkeo, Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printworks

 

delinquent

    As I mentioned before, I have been catching up with some printmaking the past two weeks. I completed the two editions as planned, then documented and photographed them. I have yet to process the images and post them... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/08/2008 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

busy busy

        This first week of August has been a busy one for me with three days spent in the printmaking studio. I signed up for two weeks of summer access in order to complete two editions, of which I'd... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/08/2008 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

an English-Finnish dictionary


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an immigrant's tool, an almost-bible, a book of days...

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Marja-Leena | 29/07/2008 | 25 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, History, Linguistics, Photoworks

 

a scan test

#1. Originally scanned at 300 dpi. #2. Originally scanned at 600 dpi. My last post on scanning certainly piqued the interest of several readers! I look forward to seeing the results of your play, everyone! Barrett tried it out... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/07/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography, Tools and technology

 

3D scanning techniques

    I love how blogging can foster some interesting conversations and connections, and sometimes give food for more blogging material. A few weeks ago, British blogger Barrett Bonden of Works Well expressed interest in the equipment I use in... [Continue Reading...]

Friday July 4th

I'm still very busy in the domestic front these days, alternating between gardening outdoors and purging indoors. My studio is looking less like a hurricane hit it, but I can't speak yet for the areas where the returning family... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/07/2008 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

purge or save?

As I mentioned in the previous post, I'm going through some major shifting and sifting of stuff in our house. One area of purges is through my very old issues of art magazines, mostly from the 90's and a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/06/2008 | 16 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

inside


Buried deep inside blowsy peony petals, like the parts of a heart...

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Marja-Leena | 26/06/2008 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

June garden

                Still working much too hard in the garden. Here are a few images of what's lovely today, a drizzly day and a relief after yesterday's heat. How does your garden grow?     Addendum June 18th: Leslee... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/06/2008 | 21 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

June beginnings


....busy preparing some of my work to put into an exhibit shared with an artist friend, making decisions on which of my already framed works to choose, updating....

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Marja-Leena | 04/06/2008 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home, Music

 

time for play

        Alternating between gardening and utter exhaustion these May days, I've not being doing anything in the art-making side of my life. Interrupted by showers in sunshine this afternoon, I had time to play! Wanting to try making... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/05/2008 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

my 'gallery'


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Silent Messengers: Writing-on-Stone III
archival inkjet and collagraph
76.2 x 50.6 cm.

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Marja-Leena | 14/05/2008 | 19 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printmaking, Silent Messengers

 

Robert Rauschenberg 1925-2008

I've just learned that one of my favourite contemporary artists has died at 82: Robert Rauschenberg. The New York Times has a very good obituary on him. In case you cannot get past the registration wall that it may... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/05/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Other artists

 

mothers

http://www.marja-leena-rathje.info/archives/artsy_afternoon.php Remembering my mother this Mother's Day and Äitienpäivä, here in Canada and in Finland, US and a few other countries. I still miss her almost every day even after 20 years since her passing. On this sunny afternoon, I'm... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/05/2008 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

artsy afternoon

Whenever I have to take the car over town somewhere, I usually try to do several things on that journey, to maximize pleasure over pain, for I dislike driving in Vancouver's crazy traffic, and then there's the cost of gas.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/05/2008 | 7 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Other artists

 

sanding disk

Boogie Street's Mr Zip, an artist and blog pal in the UK, wrote this on my previous post called rust circle: Lovely piece of metal, and I can understand why you've kept it for so long. When at university... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/04/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Color (Colour) Chart

        Virtual armchair traveller that I am, I appreciate it when art museums provide online exhibitions. I've just had a wander through one of MOMA's current exhibitions Color Chart - Reinventing Color 1950 to today. Interesting curatorial theme... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/03/2008 | 3 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist

 

Sunday afternoon in Burnaby

Yesterday we headed out to Burnaby (a city next to Vancouver) and the Scandinavian Centre where we enjoyed a recital of songs sung in Finnish, Swedish and Italian by a beautiful, rising talent, Finnish-American singer Maria Männistö. Here's the announcement... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/03/2008 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Culture, Music, Other artists

 

prickly

                Busy with my art work this week but tired and jet-lagged, I must say that I dislike daylight saving time! Tell me again what we are saving.    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/03/2008 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

printing hands


Last November I wrote about a work in progress, a print combining digital printing and a collagraph. Have a look at that image and compare it to what follows below. My photos are not good but serve to illustrate the...

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paper hearts

        I made these for my loved ones, and also wish to share them with far-away family and friends, including all of you dear blog-friends and readers in honour of Friendship Day! Have a sweet day! Hauskaa Ystävänpäivää! And,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/02/2008 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

birthday meditations

These photos of me taken by my husband last week on our westcoast retreat capture my mood these days, a mood of reflection and meditation

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Marja-Leena | 11/02/2008 | 23 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

winter journeys

Husband and I have been planning a trip to our favourite place near the Pacific Rim National Forest Reserve, on the western edge of Vancouver Island near Tofino. We call it our 'treat and retreat'. I've written of past... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/02/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

ice and snow

a weekend of snow, rain, ice and snow again
so beautiful and bright
and more snow coming tonight!

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Marja-Leena | 28/01/2008 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

sepia memories

Meandering thoughts inspired by Jean's sepia photos

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Marja-Leena | 22/01/2008 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

on the road


during today's walk....

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more...

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Marja-Leena | 18/01/2008 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Urban

 

muse-ings

Ach, these dark days of a west coast January, you give me a wee bit o' doldrums or SAD? Many ideas and images are there, only lacking the creative desire to pull them together. Where is my muse?... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/01/2008 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

winter afternoon

At the mouth of the Capilano River at Ambleside Park, West Vancouver, 4:00 pm Today seemed to be the first day this year without rain, though I haven't kept any notes on it. It's been incredibly wet, normal winter... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/01/2008 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

an artist's brain

I have a messy habit of bookmarking anything and everything that interests and excites me. Soon I have so much on my computer that it all gets rather lost, like piles of papers. Once in a while I sift... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/01/2008 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts

 

sensual

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Marja-Leena | 08/01/2008 | 16 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

old year, new year

    On this last day of 2007, I feel some sadness in saying goodbye to another year. Changing the annual calendars is such an adrupt marker of the passage of time and of aging, inducing a twinge of melancholy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/12/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Home

 

Boxing Day walk


Reminisces...
two lovely days with dear friends
hours of chatting, eating, laughing
long walks in our neighbourhood

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Marja-Leena | 28/12/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

winter story 2007

    Our granddaughter Lael's annual Winter Story has become her family's traditional Christmas greeting to all their family and friends. As always, Lael (now 7 years) does the delightful drawings and tells the story. Her father creates them into... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/12/2007 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Home

 

to light


Tonight or very early tomorrow, here on the west coast of North America, it's the winter solstice, the longest night of the year....

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Marja-Leena | 21/12/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Home

 

Looking back: Jule favourites

Deep in the archives of three years ago is this favourite Christmas season post of mine and reposted here almost fully: My favourite things about Christmas are the things that appeal to the romantic and the child in me.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/12/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Culture, Home, Music

 

Looking back: Lucia's Day

I am finding that one of the downsides of being a blogger for more than two or three years is that I feel that more and more I begin to repeat myself. Yet, readers come and go though there are... [Continue Reading...]

busy winter days

- a weekend trip to Vancouver Island with our daughters and grand-daughters - a happy meeting of friends on the ferry, we of three generations each - a lovely memorial/celebration of the life of my dear uncle - the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/12/2007 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events

 

a snowy weekend

    The first and second days of December brought us the first major snowfall of this winter thanks to a cold front from the Yukon. The brightness and whiteness was lovely while it lasted, putting us into the Christmas... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/12/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

goodbye, Uncle T

Yesterday, my cousin A phoned to let us know that her father, my uncle on my mother's side, passed away. He'd turned 84 only a week earlier, so T lived a long life. A good man, T was my... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/11/2007 | 23 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events

 

the morning after


Some areas of southwest British Columbia had their first snowfall of the season late yesterday! No snow in our area though, sadly....

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Marja-Leena | 27/11/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

this past week


sunny, crisp cold days
sparkling frosty nights
brilliant blue moon
foggy mornings
(...more...)

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Marja-Leena | 24/11/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Home

 

a stimulating weekend

On Friday, November 16th, our youngest grand-daugther had her second birthday. November 16th is a significant date for me and as this blog is kind of a diary as well, I enjoyed looking up past posts on this date.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/11/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Home

 

at the symphony

When our granddaughter Lael recently celebrated her 7th birthday, we gave her tickets to go with us to the symphony. Because Lael is taking violin lessons, we chose a Russian Classics concert by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/11/2007 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Music

 

silhouettes


a walk in the park
chasing clouds, dancing light
light and shadow, black and white

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Marja-Leena | 10/11/2007 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Nature, Photoworks

 

mushrooms in grass

        Abundance in our backyard. Are they edible? Working hard in the studio, no energy left for words.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/11/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

leaves on glass

stained glass of rusty red and yellow

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Marja-Leena | 07/11/2007 | 18 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

ship in the fog


Spooky sights lingering after last week's witching
Thick morning fog parting, revealing...

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Marja-Leena | 05/11/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Urban

 

work in progress

Like many artists, I don't usually like to show my work before it is finished. Perhaps it's the blog medium and the interest of you faithful readers that has made me more willing to show-and-tell some of my work... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/11/2007 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

frights and feasts


As you are out tonight chasing ghosts and goblins, watch out for what may be underfoot.

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Marja-Leena | 31/10/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Current Events

 

more witchiness


Thinking about witchy trees has been making me see even witchy seeds.

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Marja-Leena | 28/10/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events, Home

 

witchy trees


Come, my dearies, for a tour of my woods

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Marja-Leena | 25/10/2007 | 25 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Culture

 

sonnenstein, sunstone

...With ancient sonnenstein, beseech the sun's return

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Marja-Leena | 20/10/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

another hand

Some readers may remember some of the collagraphs of my hands that I made earlier this year for an edition of one of the pieces in the series Silent Messengers: Writing-on-Stone. I'm now working on some new pieces and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/10/2007 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printmaking

 

the artist and the environment

I've been thinking about what I could contribute to the world wide discussion raised today with Blog Action Day. I decided to talk about my behaviour as an artist as well as a homemaker. As an artist concerned for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/10/2007 | 17 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Environment

 

spider's web

On this glorious sunny Sunday morning, all the more precious when sunshine has been so scarce this fall, I spotted a very delicate, very perfect silky spider's web outside one window. I asked my husband, a much better photographer... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/10/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

still life

Now that the hard work (cooking, cleaning and tree pruning) and the pleasures of much good food and family time of the Thanksgiving weekend are over, I'm trying to re-immerse myself in my new work. It's still too soon... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/10/2007 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

a letter to a friend

Recently Beth wrote about e-mail being the death of letters, resulting in a loss of permanent records for posterity. It came to mind this morning while I was emailing a friend in a more than usual chatty fashion. I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/10/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Tools and technology

 

fog and fall

The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbour and city on silent haunches and then moves on. "Fog" by Carl Sandburg... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/09/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

forest in our backyard

    About two weeks ago, I made a long overdue first visit with some of my family (who'd been there before) to the very popular, though awkwardly named Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve located in the North Shore mountains behind... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/09/2007 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Canada and BC, Photography

 

a busy week

    After a coolish beginning to September, we've been enjoying glorious warm sunny days, sometimes even as hot as 27C (80F). Last Saturday I spent one long day outdoors doing garden chores. On Sunday, we met a daughter and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/09/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

giant datura

    We have a spot next to the front door where we keep a planter of seasonal flowers. This past spring we bought a tall blue glazed ceramic pot to replace the ancient rotting wood one. Filling the tall... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/09/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home, Neat stuff

 

Making an Impression


I'm very pleased to announce that I'm participating in 'Making an Impression: Invitational Printmaking Exhibition' at the Ferry Building Gallery

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Marja-Leena | 04/09/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Printmaking, Recent Exhibitions

 

rock-flipping

    Today, thinking about finding some rocks to flip for the International Rock-Flipping Day, we thought the beach might offer up some interesting possibilities. So we checked the tide tables - low tide at 4:00 pm. We headed out... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/09/2007 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography

 

summer's end

In these last days of August, I'm feeling lazy and lingering, almost as if I'm holding on to summer a little bit longer. Not so much the heat of summer, for I'm not fond of that, but the light,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/08/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

creative license vs. copyright law

Vancouver artist collides with Olympic and Paralympics copyright act

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Marja-Leena | 17/08/2007 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts, Other artists

 

Writing-on-Stone Park

This morning, I was very excited by an article in our newspaper about Writing-on-Stone Park in Alberta, a very important place for me, spiritually and artistically. Unfortunately, the online version does not include the photos of some of the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/08/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks

 

August 12th stardust

Like Mouse in France, I wanted to wish on a star, or actually on the Perseids, last night but it was raining. I have more than one good wish and remembrance on this auspicious day: Happy anniversary to our... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/08/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

evening cruise

    An invitation for visiting aunt and us! from niece and boyfriend with boat: come for a sunset boat ride!         Docked at Fisherman's Wharf by False Creek (Vancouver)         At the end of the westernmost dock, here's... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/08/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photography

 

BC Day long weekend

Our long weekend was a wonderful, busy and mostly family-oriented one. First, a sister-in-law arrived from Idaho on Friday. It's been almost a year since we last saw her. Saturday morning a caravan of three cars of family drove... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/08/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

a labyrinth

I have often wished to visit some of the labyrinths found in different parts of the world. Strangely, the very first labyrinth I ever did walk on was just a two days ago right here in the Vancouver area.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/08/2007 | 18 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Culture, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

Hornby Island rocks

    From time to time over the life of this blog, I've been posting some of my favourite photos of the uniquely weathered rocks on Hornby Island. They've inspired and become essential portions of many of my works, first... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/07/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rocks

 

visualizer

Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings made me think of the wonderful hypnotic dancing colours, lines, dots, shapes that the 'visualizer' produces on this screen in response to music played in iTunes on my Mac.

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fairies in the garden

Oh my, it's been hot here. Last week we had a record breaking heat wave all over BC. It was about 36C (about 97F) in our neighbourhood! As someone who totally wilts, swells up and gets cranky when it... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/07/2007 | 18 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

070707


trying out a recently purchased smaller digital camera

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Marja-Leena | 08/07/2007 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photography, Photoworks

 

sun and shadows



summer is here at last
hot days, warm nights
seeking shade, cooling breezes

just finished reading Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go

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Marja-Leena | 06/07/2007 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Books

 

experiment no.2



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Marja-Leena | 02/07/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, Photography, Photoworks

 

a day in June

It's the last day of June already. It was an exceptionally wet month here, but we had a few nice days here and there. One day the other week, I had to shop.. As we sometimes do, my husband and I made plans to meet at the end of his workday....we went on one of our favourite walks along a marvellous seawall.

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Marja-Leena | 30/06/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

a wedding

A trip and a wedding took us away this past weekend, in more ways than one. The beauty of the drive over mountains and valleys to a lovely lakeside town made us grateful, once again, that we live in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/06/2007 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Culture

 

experiment no.1


experiment1.jpg

playing around with various images
not sure where these are going yet
here's the first one in early formation

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Marja-Leena | 20/06/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Found Objects, Photoworks

 

Power of Art series


This looks to be very exciting: Simon Schama's The Power of Art series is beginning tonight on PBS TV in North America.

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Marja-Leena | 18/06/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Films, Other artists

 

remembering Dad

It's Father's Day here in Canada and USA. I awoke very early and started thinking of my father, who passed away 15 years ago. I pulled out my parents' worn old family album that they carried with them as... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/06/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

June green

June is often a wet month here in the Vancouver area and this year it's been even wetter than normal, as has been this year so far. The last two weeks of May were dry and I got much... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/06/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

catching up

This blog has taken a back seat for a few days while I've been enjoying a visit from our eldest daughter. She lives with her partner some five hours by car northeast of Vancouver in a tiny community, half an... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/06/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Home

 

reflected views

        As I go about my work around the house this rainy day, I stop for quick breaks at my desk to check on messages, news and a few blogs. In a pensive moment, my eyes lifted up... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/06/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

gardens, woodpiles, rain


woodpile1.jpg

He cleaned the woodpile
Textures intrigued the artist

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Marja-Leena | 04/06/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

gardens and bees

The first half of the month of May was cool and showery. Last week was very pleasant, a comfortable temperature for doing the garden work, the busiest time of year. But this week it's suddenly very hot and I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/05/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

found art (1)


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a magical find in our backyard, under the magnolia tree...

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Marja-Leena | 27/05/2007 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

a muddle


HornbyBabyrock.jpg

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Marja-Leena | 23/05/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printworks, Rocks

 

beach art


hornbybeachart.jpg

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Marja-Leena | 17/05/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rocks

 

interview, revisited

on May 11, 2005 I wrote: Melanie McBride of chandrasutra felt that Big Media has been misrepresenting bloggers and decided that it was time we spoke for ourselves and let them (and everybody else know) who we actually are, who... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/05/2007 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

garden tour

You are invited on a little tour of a few highlights in my spring garden:         Here are the winter pansies in a pot by the back door,     over there are the last tulips amongst the forget-me-nots,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/05/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events, Home

 

this earth

Another one from a favourite place... If you are curious about where this photograph was taken, see the comments in the previous post.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/05/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Photoworks, Rocks

 

still


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Marja-Leena | 09/05/2007 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rocks

 

Congrats, Grads!

One of the more splendid events in the merry month of May is graduation. This year we join many proud parents of sons and daughters who are graduating this month from institutes of higher education. Our daughter Erika has... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/05/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events, Other artists

 

a collaboration

Yippee! Our collaborative project In Its Four Voices - Silent Messengers: Connecting with D'Amico #2 has been published on Qarrtsiluni, the online literary and visual art zine! Go see and LISTEN to it! Then come back.... I must tell... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/05/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists, Silent Messengers

 

a rock



an odd-shaped covered in barnacles...

I stop and wonder how ancient it is, how far it has travelled

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Marja-Leena | 28/04/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rocks

 

the call of our past


I keep thinking about my deep fascination for my own origins, of the origins of the Finno-Ugrics, and of all humans. I'm understanding more and more that this is at the very root of my fascination and passion for the traces left behind by these early people...

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Marja-Leena | 20/04/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Anthropology, Being an Artist, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

weekend walks

A mostly sunny and pleasant spring weekend tempted us out for some long walks accompanied by the camera. Here are just a few highlights...

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Marja-Leena | 15/04/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

stones or bones?

These rocks make me think of weathered old bones of some prehistoric creature.

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Marja-Leena | 12/04/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Photoworks, Rocks

 

first week of April

a week of hail, snow, night frost, warmth, sunshine, cloud, light rain... last Sunday afternoon's hail darling buds of magnolia freshest green bridal veil heavenly scent of blackcurrant leaves happy easter weekend to all!... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/04/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

connections

I have often mentioned that finding connections and being inspired by them is very much a part of the way I think and find ideas for my art work. One of my print series is even called Nexus, which... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/03/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

documentation of work

One day last week, I took our SLR digital camera and tripod to the printmaking studio in order to do the photo documentation of my year's work. I'm an amateur photographer, so it's always an interesting challenge for me,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/03/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Printmaking

 

green



drenching rains
absent sun
turbid drinking water

today
sunny breaks
walk in the park

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Marja-Leena | 25/03/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

spring!

May the longer days put a spring in your step, dear readers in the northern hemisphere. As if in honour of the vernal equinox this evening, today we've had a respite from the November-like monsoons. The sunshine is a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/03/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Current Events, Home

 

another print

Some time back, I presented a little show-and-tell on how I proof my prints before printing the whole edition, a standard practise for printmakers. I've mentioned that I'm working on a series of archival inkjet prints based on manipulated... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/03/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

venation


magnolialeaves3.jpg

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Marja-Leena | 15/03/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

fevered

foggy
feverish
fluey*
phooey!**

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Marja-Leena | 08/03/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

garden therapy

morning sunshine
a rare event
eyes blinded

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Marja-Leena | 06/03/2007 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photography

 

my Monday

After breakfast, I took my tea with me and sat down at my computer to read emails, some news and a few blogs, as I usually do most mornings if I don't leave the house early for the printmaking... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/02/2007 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home, Printmaking

 

awaiting spring

Longing to get out into the garden to clean up yet-untrimmed perennials, prune the roses and hydrangeas, weed and smell the earth, I've been frustrated by our extra long and colder winter. Usually the second half of February is... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/02/2007 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

my left foot


leftfoot.jpg

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Marja-Leena | 19/02/2007 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Photoworks

 

handprints

Moving on from my initial studies of hands by way of scanning, I played around with ways of taking an impression of my hands. I decided to try making collagraphs using acrylic medium on matcard pieces. I applied the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/02/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printmaking

 

in the garden

experiments in the studio
still not working

a walk in the garden
....

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Marja-Leena | 13/02/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

February 11th

events and births on this day this day in Canada artists born on this day: Max Beckman and Kazimir Malevich and me! (Last two lInks from Anna Conti's blog) Addendum Feb.12th: I adore this quote a dear friend included... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/02/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

hands


hand.jpg

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Marja-Leena | 08/02/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Photoworks

 

mentors please

We've just spent a pleasant Sunday at the apartment of our daughter, Erika, and her boyfriend. Her father tried to help her with some computer problems, while Erika and I chatted about possible layouts for the artist's website that she... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/02/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

THREE!

ONE, TWO, now THREE years of blogging! I've surprised myself, when I recall my very tentative beginnings with this "art" project, as I like to think of it. Thank you all for your inspiration, encouragement and warm friendship. UPDATE:... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/02/2007 | 28 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

January/Janus

Janus - etching, 40 x 37.5 cm. Good grief, it's already the end of January! Christmas was only yesterday. I've meant to write this all month because my thoughts have been frequently circling around the notion of looking back... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/01/2007 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Older Works, Printworks

 

Ancient British Columbia

searchancientBC.jpg

I'm thrilled and proud to have two of my photographs of Hornby Island petroglyphs in this book....

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Marja-Leena | 28/01/2007 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

five things

I've been tagged for a meme called FIve Things You May Not Know About Me, thanks to Jean at This Too. My, I had to think long and hard on this since I've already revealed much about myself on... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/01/2007 | 21 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

January rain

    It's back to normal January weather in the rainforest zone. I think about how to capture rain on pixels. I try it from the indoors looking out through rain spattered windows. I acknowledge the beauty of this manifestation... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/01/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

ephemeral

frostbeforesunrise.jpg

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Marja-Leena | 15/01/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

snow day

I wish you many new successes, new joys, good health, peace and contentment, and abundant creativity. Hauskaa Uutta Vuotta! Bonne année! Allen ein frohes Neues Jahr! Happy New Year! I seem to be writing about the weather more than... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/01/2007 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

another storm

The west coast continues to have numerous windstorms, making for an unusual number this fall and winter. On Friday (January 5th) we had snow in some areas, including ours. That night a short but powerful windstorm caused another power outage,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/01/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

our New Year's weekend

As I mentioned in a comment in the previous post, we went away for the New Year's weekend - to the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island. Once there, we first had a wonderful visit with my elderly uncle... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/01/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

another year

Tomorrow is New Year's Eve and the sixth day of Christmas. We are readying ourselves for our favourite way of celebrating, a quiet evening with close friends over good food and interesting games, rather than parties or clubs, with... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/12/2006 | 19 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

The Colour Museum

With some pleasurable lazy time after the Christmas festivities, I've had a chance to browse through some of my long list of bookmarks. Artist Anna Conti posted a while ago about the The Virtual Colour Museum, which is taking... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/12/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts

 

winter story 2006

I'm very proud to share my grand-daughter Lael's 4th annual Winter Story, done with a little help from mommy and daddy, of course. It's now on a special blog so you can see the past winter stories as well,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/12/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Neat stuff

 

love, peace & joy

To all my readers Happy Christmas, Hauskaa Joulua, Frohe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noël and Happy Holidays! Love and light, peace and joy this season and always. If you are travelling over the holidays, keep safe and warm.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/12/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

the longest night


Once again in the northern hemisphere it is the winter solstice - the shortest day and longest night of the year, the first day of winter. It amazes me how very many cultures of the world have celebrations around this time. If I were able to choose a special and ancient way to celebrate, I'd go to Newgrange.

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Marja-Leena | 21/12/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Home

 

The Big Storm

Our internet is finally back tonight after three days down, so now I can let you know what excitement we've had here! We've experienced the worst windstorm in the 30 plus years we've lived in the Vancouver area. Of three... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/12/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Current Events, Home

 

Healthy Artist Guide

I blogged a couple of months ago about Toxic-Free Artists via the Toxic Nation E-News here in Canada. Today, I received the December issue. (Sorry, I see the whole online version doesn't seem to be up on the web... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/12/2006 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

savouring

writing letters and cards, until cross-eyed watching high winds tossing our huge trees, worrying admiring the little garden lights in the early darkening listening to favourite Christmas music, heart singing putting out a few Christmas decorations each day, savouring... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/12/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

trial proofs

I've had several readers express an interest in seeing the development of a print after I wrote about my excitement when the first proofs came through the wide format inkjet printer. This feeling is true no matter what type of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/12/2006 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

snow graffiti

I felt inspired to do a little graffiti on the sparkling pristine canvas on the deck.

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Marja-Leena | 02/12/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

first time


Qarrtsiluni's current theme is "First Time". I'm happy to note that my submission "First Love" is up, so please go have a look.

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Marja-Leena | 01/12/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

rain on snow

This may be the last snow photo for a while. Oh, it's been snowing here again since noon. However rising temperatures will change it to rain soon, according to the weather forecast. Our short-lived white wonderland will be washed... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/11/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

reflections


ice.jpg

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Marja-Leena | 28/11/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

snowy Sunday

As I promised last night, here are a few of our more interesting snow photos taken this afternoon on our walk to the park and around our garden. Though there was not much snow yet, even that little bit... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/11/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home, Photography

 

student work

Head Study - drypoint... Recently I was going through the very few prints that I still have from my long-ago art school days.

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Marja-Leena | 18/11/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Older Works, Printworks

 

Nov.16th

November 16th will always be an especially significant day for us...

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Marja-Leena | 16/11/2006 | 18 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events

 

mellow

Well, it's still rather soggy in southwest BC, with storm after storm bringing us more heavy rains in the past nearly two weeks than we normally get in the whole month of November, usually our wettest month of the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/11/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Music

 

November

November is here. You can tell by the weather, the heavy heavy rainfalls, the wind, the dark and gloomy days. Indoors never felt so good. Turning inward means that my art work is continuing to develop in an interesting... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/11/2006 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Films, Printmaking

 

testing your memory

A thorough test of your memory has begun!

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Marja-Leena | 01/11/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Neat stuff

 

weekend time

a fabulous walk in sunshine along the West Vancouver seawall a stunning Burtynsky exhibition seen a very enjoyable overnight visit from sister-in-law a happy grand-daughter's 6th birthday party a tour of exceptionally lovely fall colours, fast falling a strong... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/10/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

printing proofs

It's an incredible feeling that's hard to describe, when I do a print for the first time and it looks great! Whether it's an etching, a collagraph or an inkjet print, it's hard to be sure how it will... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/10/2006 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

colour full

    a rainy foggy week, a sunny weekend, a long walk gathering red leaves, planting spring bulbs red tulips, blue hyacinths, little yellow daffodils blue yellow white pansies, purple flowering kale colourful sunset, colour full        ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/10/2006 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

on the wall

As I mentioned a few days ago, I've been playing with layering some collagraphs with inkjet printed transparent film. Here's a peek at what I've been doing. Above is a photo of the works in progress pinned up on... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/10/2006 | 17 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

note on 'blocks'

My post on artist's and writer's block has had an incredible response with many very thoughtful and interesting comments still coming in. Do read them and feel free to write in if you haven't already. I'm just reminding readers... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/10/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist

 

Toxic-Free Artists

TOXIC-FREE ARTISTS: CARFAC Ontario presents Staying Alive! - A Health & Safety Workshop for Visual and Media Artists

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Marja-Leena | 12/10/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

artist's block

From time to time, I hear about writer's and artist's blocks. I think I have both right now! I have good ideas and notes for blog posts. I have good ideas, quick sketches and a body of very interesting... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/10/2006 | 34 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

sigh

Many posts waiting to be written, art work to be done, an exciting opening missed, because I've got a cold. Now trying to ready myself emotionally and physically for a memorial service for a dear friend. Sigh.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/09/2006 | 20 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

fall equinox

Dear readers, I hope you've all had a great autumnal equinox, or spring if you're in the southern hemisphere. Yesterday was the first day of fall and the weather was gloriously warm and sunny all weekend here in southwest... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/09/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

one step


Some days we just have to take it one step at a time

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Marja-Leena | 22/09/2006 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Urban

 

insomnia


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Marja-Leena | 13/09/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Urban

 

September 1st

Hey, it's September 1st already! For much of my life it has represented a beginning of a new year, as a child going to school, then as a university student. Later I went to school as a teacher for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/09/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography

 

industrial art

There's beauty even on an industrial site if you open your eyes wide.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/08/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Urban

 

August

The days are still very warm but there's a very noticeable change to the light. With shorter days, the sun's angle is getting lower, shadows longer, evenings cooler and the nights heavy with dew. In the park, yellow leaves... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/08/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Home

 

that tree

We've had a long love-hate relationship with this enormous tree in the front of our yard. We love its cooling shade on hot summer mornings, the privacy from neighbours across the street, and its prickly and tough character.

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Marja-Leena | 10/08/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

visitors

Things have been quiet here in blogistan lately while we've been busy with visitors. We've had a really heartwarming reunion with friends whom we haven't seen in over 30 years. Naturally we've been showing them around our beautiful city.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/08/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photography

 

summer lists

these are the dog days hot July, 36C last weekend body and brain sluggish and dull sleep deprived, lazy, unmotivated open windows, catch a breeze smells of distant forest fires, night prowling skunks constant watering garden and self craving... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/07/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

morning meeting

A spell of insomnia had its sweet rewards yesterday morning. As the northeast sky behind the mountains began to glow in orange and scarlet, I stepped out on the deck to breathe in the fresh calm air, listen to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/07/2006 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

rust


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Marja-Leena | 09/07/2006 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures

 

pensive


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Marja-Leena | 06/07/2006 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Music, Other artists, Photoworks, Rocks

 

self-portrait 6


a self-portrait that turned out rather Andy Warhol-ish...

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Marja-Leena | 03/07/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Photoworks

 

self-portrait 5


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Marja-Leena | 28/06/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Photoworks

 

art, trees & birds

visiting art exhibitions, Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel Conservatory

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Marja-Leena | 27/06/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Alberta Trip Days 5 & 6

Heading west towards home, we visited Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, the Frank Slide and Kimberley.

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Marja-Leena | 26/06/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, History

 

Alberta Trip Day 4

I had a lazy start then went out walking about Lethbridge... I did a bit of shopping, something I rarely do at home, and visited the museum and the art gallery.

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Marja-Leena | 25/06/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, History

 

self-portrait 4


This fourth self-portrait was inspired by Dave Bonta's 'engaging in an odd form of egosurfing with typoGenerator...

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Marja-Leena | 23/06/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

Alberta Trip Day 3


This was the big day, the main reason for this trip. We finally made it to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in southern Alberta, a major site of hoodoos, petroglyphs and pictographs.

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Marja-Leena | 22/06/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks

 

self-portrait 3

Onward with the marathon of self-portraiture, and inspired by the Hockeneyizer from Flickr Toys, here is my third self-portrait. Compare to the first and the second self-portraits. What do you think of this 27,000 year old portrait? I'd seen... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/06/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

artist's hand

Many Finnish bloggers have jumped on board Valokuvatorstai or Photo Thursday. Each week Thursday a new theme is presented. Inspired by this...

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Marja-Leena | 17/06/2006 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

self-portrait 2


My second self-portrait contribution to the self-portrait marathon.

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Marja-Leena | 16/06/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Alberta Trip Day 2

Leaving Christina Lake, our journey continued eastward through the beautiful Rocky mountains straddling both BC and Alberta. Once over the other side, the first thing we noticed was the wideness of the rolling almost treeless hills and the wideness of the huge sky above.

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Marja-Leena | 14/06/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, History

 

self-portrait marathon


I have been challenged to join in The Self-Portrait Marathon.

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Marja-Leena | 14/06/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings

 

Alberta Trip Day I

....we drove the scenic Crowsnest Highway from Hope (east of Vancouver) all the way to Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Marja-Leena | 13/06/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, History

 

to think about

"Mediocrity is criminal. Boring is just ridiculous. Goosebumps are what we strive for." -Leila Getz, Artistic Director of the Vancouver Recital Society, on a mailer that came a couple of days ago. It has been bouncing around in my... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/05/2006 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts

 

Arts news in Canada

Fairly new on my daily net reading list is the excellent Arts News Canada, "a digest of national arts news collected from Canadian sources and updated every weekday". An exciting item today is about Montreal's designation as City of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/05/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Other artists

 

seven wonders

Sarah Milroy has written an interesting travel article with a focus on art....

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Marja-Leena | 07/05/2006 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

tidy up

a Hornby Island petroglyph

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Marja-Leena | 05/05/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rocks, Tools and technology

 

online galleries

I think it was about three weeks ago when I was browsing through the Saatchi Gallery site, checking to see what's new and (naturally!) if the link to my site is still there under cultural institutions. I noticed a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/05/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

prunings, rockpiles & pennies

Some recommended reading today: 1. PRUNED is a blog about "landscape architecture and related fields", which includes earth art. I've been browsing through the archives finding treasures like panographies. PRUNINGS I to XX on the sidebar offers many eclectic... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/04/2006 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

for mature artists

If you are an artist over 31, or an art collector, do go read the very articulate and ever-thoughtful Edward Winkleman and his post let it be long. As a mature artist, this does make me feel good and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/04/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

sea shells

...another one of some objects that I scanned..

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Marja-Leena | 19/04/2006 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

the long weekend

It's Easter Sunday evening here and I now have time to pause and think. Some spring cleaning chores done, this morning we enjoyed the visit of our middle daughter's family. Babe is five months old today and she keenly... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/04/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

photo expedition


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Marja-Leena | 29/03/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Urban

 

spring!

Some spring flowers from my garden to you, dear readers, on this first day of spring! Well, this year the vernal equinox was gorgeous in Vancouver! Three days of glorious sunshine after a long cold and wet spell, quite... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/03/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home

 

troubles and treats

Saturday morning I had a major shock on opening my blog and finding a commercial page on it and my own contents gone! It's been hacked and stolen, I think! My email was also down, though the alternates on different... [Continue Reading...]

introducing poplar road

© Anita Rathje Warning: the following story is not suitable for young readers or anyone with a sentimental attachment to rodents (or chocolates, for that matter). [...] I felt inspired to relate the latest in our little Nutcracker battle,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/03/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

introducing appleturnover

i am finding that one way to connect my children together and to myself is to find something very simple to do. today my big girl built a nest out of bedding and was a robin in it, and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/03/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

experiments, part 2

I wrote a little while ago about my recent experiments with digital printing on organza. Many of you readers were very interested in reading about my process, so I thought I'd update you on the results of some further... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/03/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking

 

winter weekend

As we've been out and about this weekend, husband and I have been trying out a new SLR digital camera that we bought for each other's February birthdays. Friday night after the opening in Tinseltown (International Village) we walked... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/02/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

Bharat Bhavan Biennial

Detail from Silent Messengers: Hoodoos I Yesterday, while my thoughts were still freshly on international print shows after writing the post about the Krakow Print Triennial, I heard the thud of letters and magazines dropping in through the mail... [Continue Reading...]

spiral


a scan of a small ammonite

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Marja-Leena | 10/02/2006 | 18 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

experiments

As some readers know, my most recent printworks have been utilizing an inkjet printed clear mylar layer over a print on paper. I've expressed some dissatisfaction with the mylar's shine and reflection. So, I've been looking into alternative materials... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/02/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking

 

thank you

On the occasion of the second anniversary of this blog I offer all my dear readers this virtual bouquet of thanks for your wonderful friendship! What an amazing network around the world has opened up with this blogging phenomena.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/02/2006 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

spring reflections

I'm distracted, in a nice way, by family including a daughter visiting from out-of-town this week. It was unexpectedly sunny today so we went for a walk to check for signs of spring. Here and there the green shoots... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/01/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

Four Things Meme

Another meme! I've seen variants of this floating around the blogs for some weeks and now I've been tagged by Linden! Here goes, it's tough to limit some of these to four: Four Places I Have Lived Varkaus, Finland... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/01/2006 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

scanning


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Marja-Leena | 25/01/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks, Tools and technology

 

Silent Messengers

The photos of the first ten printworks from the Silent Messengers series have now been completely uploaded here, including the updates of Silent Messengers: Hoodoos I to III. To view these and other works just visit "Print Series" over near the top of the left bar and click on the series you'd like to view. I hope you enjoy them.

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Marja-Leena | 18/01/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Printmaking

 

weird habits meme

This meme has been going around many Finnish blogs and now I've been tagged by SIKURI (written by a Finnish-American blogger and writer, formerly sananlaskija). I'll do mine in English to open the field since so many Finns that... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/01/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Neat stuff

 

arts & culture in Canada

As some readers may know, Canadians have been subjected to another election campaign and will be going to the polls on Monday, January 23rd. An issue that has not been discussed by any party is arts and culture. CBC... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/01/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events

 

live each season

This blog is nearing its second anniversary and I'm forgetting some of what I've written, so almost every day of late, I am looking back at entries of a year ago that day. It's like I sometimes would do... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/01/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

doldrums

Photo taken in Cathedral Grove on our recent trip. Do you ever experience a let-down feeling after a long period of excitement which may include a trip? For a couple of days I was really feeling in the doldrums,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/01/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

artists' health

If you are an artist or craftsperson or hobbyist working with art materials, do go read Anna Conti's article on Artists Health Issues at her truly excellent blog Working Artist's Journal. Some of the issues deal with the stresses... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/01/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

a trip with friends

As I mentioned in the last post, our good friends from Denmark arrived last week for a visit! After a day of sightseeing in Vancouver, including a visit at the Museum of Anthropology, we packed up the car and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/01/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

Happy New Year!

It is the sixth day of Christmas and tonight is New Year's Eve. We have been busy getting ready for friends from Victoria coming for this weekend, and friends from Denmark coming next week. What a great way to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/12/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Current Events

 

Winter Story 2005

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve in the Finnish tradition with dinner, carols and Santa's visit. Our oldest daughter and her partner surprised us by arriving from out of town and joining us after all. We were nine around... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/12/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

Christmas stars & rain

Arctic cookie star. Photo by Bernard P. Hanby Just in time for Christmas, a Christmas Stars Gallery! There's a stunning range of starfish below the water off the West Coast of BC. Here's a sampling of photos by Bernard... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/12/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

Merry Christmas, Hauskaa Joulua

Warmest wishes to all for a Happy Christmas, Hauskaa Joulua, Frohe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noël, Happy Chanukah, Matunda Ya Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays.... and Peace on Earth! Thank you, dear readers, for your support and friendship throughout the year -... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/12/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Current Events

 

baking and a meme

Today I'm baking stollen with marzipan filling, a German Christmas bread that is one of our very favourites. Because of food sensitivities to wheat and dairy in two daughters and yours truly, I'm also experimenting with a small batch... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/12/2005 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

art jurying

Today I had the very interesting and satisfying experience of jurying a group exhibition professionally for the first time.CityScape Community Art Space, an attractive gallery run by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council, puts out calls for several themed exhibitions... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/12/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist

 

yesterday

So far December here in southwestern British Columbia has been almost rain free. This week we've had clear crisp sunny days and frosty nights with a brilliant full moon making the frost crystals sparkle like tinsel. It looks almost... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/12/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

roles

What a busy time of year! I feel like my several "roles" in life are all in competition. Here are the most demanding ones right now: THE ARTIST spent a surprisingly pleasant hour and a half last Friday morning... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/12/2005 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events

 

a private tour

Late yesterday afternoon I was very pleased to give our very good friends Elaine and Allan, who came over from Victoria, a private tour of my exhibition at the Studio Art Gallery at Capilano College. They have always been... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/12/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

first of December

The first day of December already! I just learned that the name is from the Latin decem for "ten". December was the tenth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February,... [Continue Reading...]

first snow


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Marja-Leena | 29/11/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks

 

an installation photo

Installation photo of Silent Messengers: Connecting with D'Amico #1-5 (left to right) Well, I've spent many hours getting intimate with the digital camera and an external flash trying to get some decent installation photos of my work. As I'm... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/11/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Recent Exhibitions

 

Exhibition Photo & Statement



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opening night

Here are just a few photos of the opening of Silent Messengers, my exhibition of mixed media prints which opened on Wednesday evening, November 16th. (I'm the one in the red shirt!) Though many friends did not make it... [Continue Reading...]

post-vernissage

Thanks again to everyone for the wonderful comments and emails these past days, I love hearing from you all! You have told me that you are eagerly awaiting photos of the opening, and I promise they are coming very soon.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/11/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts

 

a birth day

Proudly announcing the birth of our second grandchild Niamh Eili, another grand-daughter, a little after midnight November 16th, 2005! What an unforgettable day! A 12:45 am phone call announcing the birth added to my excitement level and lessened my... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/11/2005 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Recent Exhibitions

 

a reminder

Just a gentle reminder that my exhibition opening is happening tomorrow, Wednesday November 16th starting at 4:30! In case you missed it, here is all the information. Everyone welcome! If you can't make it to the opening but would... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/11/2005 | 10 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist

 

first frost

This morning on waking I was startled to see a white coat of frost everywhere! Here on the westcoast we know November is the rainiest month so it's a visual treat whenever we have sunshine, and when we see... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/11/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Neat stuff, Photoworks

 

final preparations

With my printworks finished and ready to hang on Wednesday morning, I had a day of deserved and much-needed rest yesterday. Today I am sorting through my notes, even my blog posts which are a proving to be a... [Continue Reading...]

in the news

Rob Newell photo - North Shore Outlook newspaper Caption reads: Stroking Silence - Marja-Leena Rathje presents "Silent Messengers", a collection of mixed media prints in the studio gallery at Capilano College........ [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/11/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Recent Exhibitions

 

frustration

Most of my prints for my exhibition are completed to my great satisfaction, but one has been giving me some trouble! It is the transparency layer for another Silent Messengers: Hoodoos. I've been proofing it a few times with... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/11/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking

 

exhibition invitation


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progress

Can you believe it's November already? What a busy and creative fall I'm having, with great progress on the list of things to do for my exhibition, which opens two weeks tonight! The new works are almost done. Silent... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/11/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printmaking

 

Happy 5th Birthday

To Lael, our lovely little grand-daughter! We love your costume - are you the Ice Queen? You look very happy in the photos that were taken on Sunday at your Birthday-Halloween party with your little friends. We really look... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/10/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

life is art

Actually life keeps interfering with art these days! I spent Friday preparing for houseguests, some good friends from Winnipeg on their way home from a holiday on Vancouver Island. We had a wonderful visit. After they left on Saturday,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/10/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

invitation

Here's the exhibition invitation I designed with some great help by daughter Erika and her skills with type design. It has gone to the printers a few days ago, so here's hoping it turns out well! The details: Silent... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/10/2005 | 13 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Digital printmaking

 

prints vs reproductions, again

This really got my attention: Anna Conti's post Giclée can of worms. Go read this excellent and thought-provoking article first, then come back. Indeed! Giclée is a fancy name for high-end inkjet printing, and was very important in its... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/10/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

thinker quiz

What kind of thinker are you? Find out through a Quiz from BBC. I did and here's my result. You are a Spatial Thinker Spatial Thinkers: • Tend to think in pictures, and can develop good mental models of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/10/2005 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Neat stuff

 

things to do

As readers may know, I am madly busy getting ready for a solo exhibition opening November 16th. I'll post details about that as soon as the invitation is done, but in the meantime have a look at my job... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/10/2005 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

NIFCA

If you are an artist looking for opportunities such as residencies in the Nordic countries, NIFCA, the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, will be of interest to you. Located in Helsinki, NIFCA is funded by the Nordic Council of... [Continue Reading...]

Thanksgiving weekend

As you may have guessed from my absence here for a few days, we took a little four day holiday over the Thanksgiving weekend. We had a lovely drive, enjoying the gorgeous fall colours and scenes of numerous mountains... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/10/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Culture

 

words that inspire

"It's akin to style, what I'm talking about, but it isn't style alone. It is the writer's particular and unmistakable signature on everything he writes. It is his world and no other. This is one of the things that distinguishes... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/10/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts

 

a cultural institution

Yesterday I received this very interesting message (hyperlinks mine): "I'm contacting you from the Saatchi Gallery, London to enquire about your website. Here at the gallery we are in the process of expanding the way information is linked to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/09/2005 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

autumnal equinox

Humans have followed the cycles of the Sun for millennia. Stone circles like this, dating back more than 3,000 years, are aligned to the Solstices and the Equinoxes. From The Electronic Sky. Here I am taking a little break... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/09/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist

 

in the printshop

Detail from Silent Messengers: Hoodoos II For the past week I've been happily back at the printmaking studio, my home away from home sometimes it seems. A new season always means new people and a new energy that I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/09/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Art Institute (Printmaking), Being an Artist

 

Sunday in Vancouver

A gorgeous sunny warm day yesterday tempted us outside to explore. We headed to Deep Cove with walking shoes, a backpack with water, a snack of nuts and the camera. The "Cove" was pleasantly crowded with people enjoying the... [Continue Reading...]

Labour Day

Today I was scrubbing out dirt and those squatters of damp and dark quarters - slugs, snails, sowbugs, spiders and worms. No, not an art project, rather a gardener's chore. I finally tackled the huge annual task of washing... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/09/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

September

back to school a new year new pencils and notebooks new shoes new sweater new hopes and fears for little children kindergarten elementary school for teens first high school then university or tech mature student back to university life... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/09/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events

 

artist-blogger interviewed

Roberta of roberta fallon and libby rosof's artblog recently visited artist-blogger Anna L. Conti in San Francisco, then wrote a long, warm and fascinating interview of Anna, with plenty of photos of her in her studio. I've been looking out... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/08/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

accents

Artist Karen D'Amico of fluid thinking** wrote about how her accent betrays her roots even after 15 years in her new country. It got her "thinking about the notion of accent as a marker for identity." This subject always fascinates... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/08/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Linguistics

 

dog days of summer

I always wondered where the expression dog days of summer came from. It made me think of overheated dogs panting with their mouths open and tongues lolling. I do feel rather like a hot dog these days. "In the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/08/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric

 

art & civilization

"..this quote from the guardian article "Civilisations are judged and remembered not by their most successful businessmen but by the art they leave behind." yeah, sounds real nice if you can get over the fact it's simplistic romanticized pap.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/08/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

long weekend

We all like our long weekends, and we are having one now with the first Monday in August being BC Day in British Columbia. I was curious to find out if all our provinces have such a provincially designated holiday... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/07/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Culture

 

daily drawing

Danny Gregory at Everyday Matters has written a very inspiring post on the importance of drawing, and doing it every day. I want to live my life to its fullest and I find that drawing what I encounter deepens... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/07/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist

 

island time

We're back! We've had a wonderful little trip to southern Vancouver Island for a few days, visiting family and friends. The weather was in its very best Westcoast summer mode, and we quickly unwound to vacation mood on the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/07/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

distractions

the first coat The domestic scene here has kept us very busy lately. We arranged to have the worn-down hardwood floors in the main living areas of our home refinished. In the end it will be lovely but it... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/07/2005 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

a gift

This morning's mail brought me an exciting packet from London, England - from artist-blogger pal Karen D'Amico!** I was thrilled to find about a dozen wonderful 18 x 14 cm. black and white photographs of closeups of rocks that... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/07/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

writers and hoodoos

What are hoodoos? Do the hoodoos have native petroglyphs or pictographs? Is "hoodoo" an aboriginal word?

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virtual conversations

It's almost 1:00 am, and I'm up after two hours of trying unsuccessfully to fall asleep. These bouts of insomnia come and go, so I accept it and indulge in a cup of herbal tea, some reading and making notes.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/07/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Printmaking

 

horoscope

"Going on a big journey means more to you than anything else right now. Don't be too concerned with the spoils you could take home at the end of the day. Take time to appreciate what is simple and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/07/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

badlands, hoodoos & petroglyphs


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Marja-Leena | 20/06/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks

 

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all Dads everywhere! We enjoyed revisiting last year's wonderful poem/card by our daughters to their Dad. This year's celebration is quiet with only one daughter home, one living several hours drive away, and the third... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/06/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

on artists & celebrity

Poking around in my bookmarked "articles to re-read", I was taken in once again by this Guardian interview of JG Ballard about a year ago. His thoughts on today's art scene struck a chord with me: "Today's art scene? Very... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/06/2005 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Culture, Films

 

yesterday morning

One of the photos I took yesterday morning - can you guess what it is? ** Compare it to these photos taken about 6 months ago on December 5th, 2004. ** Check out Answers.com... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/06/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

artists' quotes

Words of my own fail me today, but these artists' words sustain and inspire me: "Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul." - Edvard Munch "I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/06/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Canada's visual artists

"Statistics Canada reports 15,000 artists in Canada. The direct impact of culture on GDP was $40 billion. 78% of BC artists earn less than $10,000 per year making art. There were 2400 applicants for 220 creation grants last year.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/05/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

weather

When you can't muster a post about anything else, there's always the weather! Yule Heibel, who lives in Victoria, over the water southeast of Vancouver, beat me to it, that is, a discussion of our unusual Westcoast weather. She's said... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/05/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

a long weekend

Looking back to last year's entry of this diary, er blog, I see that I've already written about Canada's Victoria Day long weekend, so if you are interested, do visit that post. This year it's a wet long weekend... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/05/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

Cultural Creatives

How intriguing! A couple of days ago, in a playful mood, I posted a quiz that identified me as a Cultural Creative. Last night as I browsed through some blogs that I visit on a biweekly basis, I came... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/05/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist

 

a quiz

It's been a busy week with family. Our oldest daughter, who has been living in the Interior since last fall, has been here this week on business. It was great having her here for our youngest daughter's 20th birthday which... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/05/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Home, Neat stuff

 

Interview

Melanie McBride of chandrasutra felt that Big Media has been misrepresenting bloggers and decided that it was time we spoke for ourselves and let them (and everybody else know) who we actually are, who we link to and why we... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/05/2005 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

mother's day

made by youngest daughter Erika A Happy Mother's Day to all mothers everywhere! Mother's Day Proclamation at wood s lot and at watermark... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/05/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

one of those days

Yesterday morning I met with friend W. to take slides of some of my past year's work. Our group had arranged a slide shoot day in early April, setting up professional lights and equipment. Lots of work was shot, but... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/05/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Home

 

reading break

"And when at last a puff of air would toss a delicate thread of scent his way, he would lunge at it and not let it go. Then he would smell at only this one odor, holding it tight,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/04/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books

 

interactive digs

Thank you, everyone, for all the lovely get well wishes, I do appreciate them very much. A bad week was followed by another one, still battling bronchitis now with some antibiotics, but I think it can only get better now.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/04/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

a bad week

I've been trying to start this post several times but incoherent thoughts, suddenly worsened keyboarding skills, (I do wish spellcheck would fix the typos!) and constant heavy rib-hurting coughing haven't made it easy. Last week Thursday, I felt wonderful... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/04/2005 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

Easter

Axis of Ævil is an interesting blog by an American expat who married a Finn, moved to Helsinki and writes irreverently about life there. Being the Easter weekend, I wish to point out a post called The Fazer Chicken... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/03/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist

 

Flat Files needed

REPEAT POSTING from last fall: This is an unusual request...several of my artist friends and I are all in great need of reasonably priced flat files or map files for our studios, to safely store our prints. The above... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/03/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist

 

vernal equinox

Yesterday, or today depending on where you are, marks the spring equinox. Our first day of Spring in Vancouver was stormy with high winds, rain, some hail, even snow on mountain peaks and bright moments of sunshine. The past... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/03/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

shadows

In the late afternoon today, the sun was streaming into our office, filtered by the trees outside and plants in the window. My youngest daughter was using the inkjet printer for a school project, when I turned around to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/03/2005 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

An Art Full Week

What a busy week this has been, making art, seeing art and meeting artists! I finally completed editioning a group of prints that took me several months to develop and print many trial proofs. I'm testing another hanging method... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/03/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Westcoast retreat

We returned refreshed and relaxed last night from a short holiday, a retreat to our favourite rustic little cabin on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, on Vancouver Island. We were lucky to enjoy the last lovely sunny days... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/03/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC

 

orchid in bloom

"The giraffe, in their queer, inimitable, vegetative gracefulness...a family of rare, long-stemmed, speckled gigantic flowers slowly advancing." - Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), Out of Africa I had some fun with the digital camera in my indoor garden yesterday, and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/02/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

Music meme

Anna passed this to me, and while I have a vague idea of what a meme is, I've never done one. These questions are very challenging and time-consuming to answer and how can I limit myself?! I'm to pass it... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/02/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Music

 

seeing without sight

This is an absolutely incredible story about a blind artist, who has never had vision, who can draw and paint as well as a sighted person. Scientists are trying to find answers to these questions: "Because if Armagan can... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/02/2005 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

a Vancouver visitor

Hey, Seattle artist and blogger Carolyn Zick just visited my neighbourhood, Vancouver, the one in BC, Canada! Read about her too short visit and don't miss her photos. Thanks for the kind words, Carolyn! Too bad she missed the Massive... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/01/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist

 

why do we like art?

Recently (Jan.17th) Arts Journal had a post with a question, "We like art, anyone know why? .... why do we care about art? And, given that we obviously do (and that this is worldwide phenomenon that has stretched throughout... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/01/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Concepts

 

early spring

Weather is on everyone's mind these days. Not long ago I wrote about the Westcoast's unusually long spell of snow and cold, followed by extremely heavy rains that caused flooding and mudslides (including a buried house and loss of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/01/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

January blues

"But when the melancholy fit shall fall Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud, That fosters the droop-headed flowers all, And hides the green hill in an April shroud; Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose, Or on... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/01/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

ArtsNow for Olympics 2010

The monthly Opus Visual Arts Newsletter (in print and online) provides useful information for artists such as calls for submissions, some arts news and, my favourite part, an always thoughtful and well-written editorial by arts advocate Chris Tyrell. Sometimes... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/01/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Current Events

 

Blogging and Art

A few days ago I made a short reference to the PEW study about artists and the internet. Ivan Pope has also linked to it, and continued to blog about how the web is creating a generation of Pro-Am... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/01/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Concepts

 

snow!

What a thrill to wake up to the first snowfall this winter in the Vancouver area, below the mountains that is! I went snap happy with the digital camera, knowing how fleeting this can be. Already as I'm writing... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/01/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography

 

artists & the internet

"Artists, Musicians and the Internet: They have embraced the internet as a tool that helps them create, promote, and sell their work. However, they are divided about the impact and importance of free file-sharing and other copyright issues." This... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/01/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

Sunday at Deer Lake

What a beautiful crisp, clear sunny day out here on the Westcoast, a rare treat in this rainforest. With no cloud cover the temperature is at or below the freezing point at night, and shady spots are frosty even during... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/01/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist

 

a winter story

I am so thrilled and proud that I must share this! My four-year old grandaughter sent this lovely story she created (with a little help from her mommy and daddy): Lael's Winter Story* Don't miss clicking on the circles... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/12/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Christmas Eve

(My 2003 Christmas card of a gingerbread house made by daughter Erika) It's been sunny and cool here and we enjoyed a morning walk around our neighbourhood. I finished the last of the baking this afternoon, so this evening... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/12/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

some art reading

Holiday preparations have sidetracked me lately from the more serious business of art. Trying to keep up with reading some art blogs, I found this to be so good that I'd like to point you towards Zeke's Gallery in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/12/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

perceptions

"Sensations are the items of consciousness, a color, a weight, a texture that we tend to think of as simple and single. Perceptions are complex affairs that embrace sensation together with other, associated or revived contents of the mind,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/12/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts

 

a printmaker's blog

This is why I don't want to shut off the comments against nasty spammers. Recently Linden Langdon, a new visitor to my blog, wrote in a comment. I am excited because she is also a printmaker who has a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/12/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists, Printmaking

 

quotations on art

"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web." - Pablo Picasso "Art does not... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/11/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

Weekend

We were away this weekend on a pleasant little trip. Some family stuff was happening, so we took a drive up to the Kamloops area of BC. We enjoyed the scenic Coquihalla Highway route through mountains that were already... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/11/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist

 

CBC's opening night

I've been spending far too much time working at the computer with PhotoShop, developing images for a series of prints combining inkjet and collagraph prints in layers. I've been in the printmaking studio printing proofs, and back to the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/10/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Music

 

an artist's blog

Anna sent me an email suggesting I read and comment on Rachael's post of Thursday about artists blogging. Go read Rachael's first, including the comments, then come back here for my response, which I decided to post here: I've... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/10/2004 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Other artists

 

recommended reading

Tonight I'd like to highly recommend you visit two of my favourite bloggers and read their posts: Charles Downey at ionarts writes about a very thought-provoking lecture he heard presented by Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for The New Yorker, called... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/09/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist

 

CARFAC's fall newletter

I have written before about CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens) and how it supports Canadian artists. Their latest Summer/Fall 2004 newsletter has a very thought provoking article written by Pat Durr, the National Representative. She makes some... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/09/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist

 

flat files - anyone?

This is an unusual request...several of my artist friends and I are all in great need of reasonably priced flat files or map files for our studios, to safely store our prints. The above picture is just one example,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/09/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist

 

experiencing art

Lenny writes an interesting art blog at Washington, DC Art News. Today he writes about how he came to chosen to be the curator for the upcoming "Homage to Frida Kahlo" exhibition. (The call for artists will be announced... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/09/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts, Other artists

 

the artist in a gift economy

I am really going to have to get my hands on this book: The Gift - Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property by Lewis Hyde**. I am very intrigued and find the quotes really resonate with me as... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/08/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Books, Concepts

 

Art Appreciation

An interesting discussion is underway over at Cassandra Pages about art appreciation. Yesterday, (August 11th) Beth wrote about arts support in Canada referring to some past comments I had made. Please read the new comments to that, and then... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/08/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

the art of seeing

Artist Anna Conti has been posting a great series this week on "Seeing" on her Working Artist's Journal. Do go read it, it will help you understand art in a new way! I look forward to reading the rest... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/07/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts

 

Copyright Infringement

Anna L. Conti, a San Francisco artist and art blogger, has had one of her works copied and then put up for sale on eBay by a fraud artist. This is an infringement of copyright, like having your work... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/06/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Care of Art Works

 

For Dad

This is a wonderful poem written by my eldest daughter and designed by my youngest for their father on this Father's Day. Click on image to view larger. Poem © Anita Rathje Design © Erika Rathje... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/06/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Other artists

 

displaying work online

It is sometimes a frustrating and disappointing exercise to display my artworks online because the original does not reproduce well. My prints have a lot of texture and subtle details that are often lost. The sense of the size... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/06/2004 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

Drawing, Hockney and Eyre

David Hockney has talked to BBC News Online about drawing: "Drawing should be regarded as a major art form, artist David Hockney said as he launched the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in London...Drawing has been neglected for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/06/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Happy Victoria Day

It is the Victoria Day long weekend for Canadians and out here on the Westcoast, if you are not "away", you are working in the garden and around the home. Gardening is what I am doing a lot of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/05/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture

 

the artist's childhood

As a child I loved reading books and fairy tales were my very favourite. My first books were in Finnish written by Finnish authors, but most loved were the tales collected by the Grimm Brothers. This edition, a very... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/05/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Folk Legends & Myths, History

 

Brian Eno on culture

(a deep-etched copperplate of mine) Scribblingwoman recommended having a look at a post over at wood s lot about Brian Eno and A Big Theory of Culture. This is essentially an interview of Brian Eno about his book, A... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/05/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts, Culture

 

A Work in Progress

(Detail of a deeply etched copperplate) This weblog has been online for just over three months and what an exciting time it has been for me. I have learned a great deal and met many great bloggers and readers... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging

 

Science picks our brains about art

I've been enjoying reading North Coast Cafe for a few weeks, but only recently did I dig deeper into the Visual Arts category, and found this fascinating January 26th entry: Emotions in Art and the Brain. This was the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/04/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts

 

an artist's retreat

Last week my husband and I went to our favourite retreat on the west coast of Vancouver Island, staying in a small, rustic oceanfront cabin near Pacific Rim National Park and Tofino. It had the basic necessities of a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/04/2004 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Photography

 

photography and art

Coincidences posted an interesting article about "Big Prints, the Art-Making Impulse, and Time-Motion Panoramas" that has prompted me to add some comments on his blog and here. The extra large digitally printed photographs that we now see in galleries... [Continue Reading...]

on creativity

As mentioned in a couple of my recent posts, there has been a lot of discussion on why we make art, and this has led me to think more about creativity. Cassandra wrote a few days ago (scroll down to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/04/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

more on Why Make Art

A few days ago I posted a discussion about why artists are compelled to make art. It's certainly a popular subject. Artist Danny Gregory posted in his blog today "The fundamental question: Why do you do it?", asking his artist... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/04/2004 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist

 

Life as an Artist

I have just found an artist's blog that has really piqued my interest. Ivan Pope in the UK does multimedia installation work that is very different from my printmaking, but his clear descriptions of his life as an artist... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/04/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

CARFAC supports artists

The latest newsletter CALENDAR from CARFAC arrived in my mailbox last week. Its arrival reminded me how important this organization is to Canadian artists. The first article, "A Living Income for Artists: a proposal for a significant increase in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/04/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist

 

Why Make Art?

Anna Conti in her Working Artist's Journal ( April 7/04 entry) brings up this perennial question that we artists are always asking of ourselves: "Why make art? What is it good for?" She writes: "I don't think we'll ever... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/04/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts, Other artists

 

Miksang and the art of perception

As a newcomer to blogging, my recent explorations have been through the immense jungle of blogs on the internet. Chandrasutra's blog is one of the interesting finds in this online journey. Particularly fascinating is an item about Miksang photography... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/02/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts, Photography

 

Human Marks

For the past decade now, my work has largely been concerned with the marks left by humans and their art upon their environment. It is also about nature's marks on humankind's traces and upon nature itself. My ideas come... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/01/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts, Nexus