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This site is being transitioned to Wordpress due to issues with Movable Type. Comments will be shut down for a while. Changes coming! Thanks for your patience.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/10/2013 | be the first to comment
themes: Blogging



During these long hot and dry summer days I often feel as if time moves very slowly, or I move slowly as if through molasses. Yet, suddenly it is mid-August. We've had very busy days all summer with much... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/08/2013 | 7 comments
themes: Blogging, Home, Other artists



noxious wild mustard prevalent in the Thompson River Valley As some of you know, my blog has been blocked for a week due to supposed malware. It's been a long and frustrating wait to have it cleared. Thanks to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/07/2013 | 7 comments
themes: Blogging



a charming scene of Canada Geese parents and their six downy yellow goslings spotted on a sightseeing tour for my Finnish cousin and friend a couple of days ago (a note of apology to my dear readers for turning... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/05/2013 | be the first to comment
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC, Neat stuff



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


Fragments in qarrtsiluni

detail of Fragments VI

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Marja-Leena | 18/09/2012 | 5 comments
themes: Blogging, Fragments


coffee & cake

Yesterday, we had friends Marianna and Terry come for a visit. The time flew as we talked and talked over coffee and cake in the European tradition, as Marianna wrote, so common to Germans, Swiss, Finns and others. Soon... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/07/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Blogging, Home


Canada Day weekend

Hope Canadians had a great Canada Day yesterday! It was thankfully a dry, warm and sometimes sunny day around Vancouver for those out to see parades and fireworks or going to backyard pool and BBQ gatherings with family annd... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/07/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC, Home


a reminder

Dear friends and readers, this is just a gentle reminder to register as a commenter as I explained a little while ago, in case you missed it. If you have any trouble doing so, please contact me. I am... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/05/2012 | 4 comments
themes: Blogging


a change

As regular readers know, we are still adjusting and fine tuning aspects of this new blog redesign. The latest thing, which I have reluctantly agreed to because of the spam volumes, is that now commenters will need to register.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/05/2012 | 14 comments
themes: Blogging, Drawings


revisiting the past

I wonder how many bloggers go back over their archives and get lost rereading old posts? I've been doing that a lot since the blog redesign went up for I've had to check for certain funky things going on,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/02/2012 | 13 comments
themes: Blogging, Current Events



- 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



My artist-designer-blogger daughter Elisa has been working her magic on the redesign of my blog, with the technical assistance of her sweetheart. I am very excited by this major update in design, a facelift if you will. The changeover... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/01/2012 | 18 comments
themes: Blogging


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



Getting ready for a special teatime on the deck, one summer afternoon a few weeks ago, after daughter Elisa came home from an unusual visit to her favourite Italian bakery in Vancouver. How excited and round-eyed the grandgirls were,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/09/2011 | 12 comments
themes: Blogging, Home


visitors from Hawaii

left to right: Terry, Marianna, Marja-Leena and Fred by False Creek, looking north at Vancouver's condo towers Yesterday's highlight was a wonderful visit with blog friend Marianna (of Hattie's Web) and her husband Terry who are in Vancouver for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/07/2011 | 6 comments
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC


Natalie's serial novel

illustration by Natalie d'Arbeloff, from chapter 4, La Vie en Rosé, used with her permission I love the way a story builds up in a serial novel or sequel format à la Dickens. It is a clever format for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/03/2011 | 6 comments
themes: Blogging, Other artists


birthdays and valentines

A blog-friend who knows and shares my love of rock art and images of hands captured this wonderful pictograph** and created this lovely birthday card for me. Thank you for this, Siona. Siona's blog is a treasure of beautiful,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/02/2011 | 16 comments
themes: Blogging, Rock Art & Archaeology


dear blog

thank you for this place where I have been able to share my thoughts and experiences thank you for this home for my art work thank you for inspiring me to do more photography thank you for amazing learning... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/02/2011 | 27 comments
themes: Blogging


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


colours of autumn

Suddenly, it is November and for many writers also NaNoWriMo** month. As I'm not writing a novel or poetry, I thought I'd try for the first time to post something every day. It's a busy month for me so... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/11/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC


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...]

a new appleturnover

my warm woolly wrist warmers knit by Elisa*** Motherly pride is showing when I write how I've long enjoyed our daughter Elisa's blog appleturnover since she started in the spring of 2006. As demands of family and an art... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/09/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Blogging, Other artists


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


meeting MB

Many of my readers may remember MB Whitaker who was well-known and liked for her lovely blog Find Me a Bluebird, where she posted almost daily poems and photos. Sadly she stopped doing so about two years ago but... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/06/2010 | 11 comments
themes: Blogging


back from Montréal

Late last night we returned from several lovely days in Montréal. This was my first visit there, not counting passing through on the train from the ship in Halifax to Winnipeg as a five-year-old immigrant with my family long ago!... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/06/2010 | 9 comments
themes: Blogging, Travel


spring cleaning

My daughter Erika, a professional web designer, had been making noises for awhile about changing the font on my blog. I love Mac's Skia font and have used it here from Day One, even though I vaguely knew it... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/03/2010 | 15 comments
themes: Blogging


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


man, birds, trees

I'm easing into the new year lazily, sorting through holiday photos and loving these two by my husband: a hardy swimmer in the ocean guardedly eyed by gull and great blue heron. By some impulse after a long absence,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/01/2010 | 2 comments
themes: Blogging


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


a murder of crows

about a fascinating program on CBC TV called A Murder of Crows

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Marja-Leena | 10/10/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Blogging, Films, Other artists


a great day on Bowen

    What a fantastic day we had yesterday! The gloriously sunny day began with the arrival of a cousin and her husband from Germany. After a quick visit over tea and biscotti on our deck, we whisked them to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/09/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Art Institute (Printmaking), Blogging, Recent Exhibitions


this and that

        This morning as I sat at my computer next to the window, some movement caught the corner of my eye - six big crows were strutting about the lawn, looking for grubs perhaps? I was too slow... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/08/2009 | 23 comments
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC, Other artists


meeting Miguel

        Yesterday evening right here in Vancouver, my husband and I were very pleased and excited to meet Miguel Arboleda, author and photographer of the sublimely beautiful blog Laughing Knees. Miguel had arrived here from Japan a few... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/08/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC


more blog friends

Thoughts about meeting blog friends are still on my mind. I recently wrote about one meeting among several such meetings on our trip. We had one more meeting on our last day in London. Barrett Bonden of Works Well... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/07/2009 | 12 comments
themes: Blogging, Travel


Tunbridge Wells, Joe, Heidi

            Photos top to bottom: The Pantiles area, Heidi (in green jacket) and I chatting, and Joe.     One of the great delights of our trip to England has been the opportunity to meet a few blog friends.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/07/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Blogging, Culture, History, Travel


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


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


Women's Month interviews

Writer and blogger-friend Kate A. Laity of Wombat's World is doing an inspiring series of interviews of women

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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


a new day

Tom Montag and I have collaborated once again to create a postcard with a short poem called A New Day for Postal Poetry. Though they accepted this some time ago, the editors Dana Guthrie Martin and Dave Bonta have... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/01/2009 | 9 comments
themes: Blogging, Current Events


cease the fighting

    Pablo Picasso: Guernica 1937 (from     I rarely write about politics and wars here yet I must say that I've been unable to put out of my mind the humanitarian disaster in Gaza. Mainstream and alternative media... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/01/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Blogging, Current Events, History


99 things to do

I rarely do memes any more but this looked like fun. The rules are simple: bold the things you've done. Explanations are optional. Fun is guaranteed. 1. Started my own blog (surprise!) 2. Slept under the stars (tried for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/12/2008 | 13 comments
themes: Blogging, Neat stuff


an 8th birthday!

Wood s Lot! He continues to produce almost daily posts, each full of very interesting and eclectic links on a wide variety of intelligent subjects from the artistic and literary to philosophical and political, frequently including his own wonderful photos of his home region in Ontario, Canada. Each of these posts would be the equivalent of five to ten of mine! Wood s Lot was one of my early finds and inspirations when I first began blogging four and a half years ago and continues to be a favourite daily read. Thank you, Mark and Happy 8th Birthday to Wood s Lot!

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Marja-Leena | 06/10/2008 | 2 comments
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC


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


lovely links

Our Earth as Art, 3D Picasso's Guernica, International Rock-Flipping Day

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Marja-Leena | 10/08/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Blogging, Films, Nature, Neat stuff, Photography



                Wishing calmness and serenity to friends in emotional turmoil. Though I know them only virtually, I'm surprised how much I feel their pain.    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/07/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Blogging, Nature, Photoworks


for Beth

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Marja-Leena | 27/07/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Blogging, Nature, 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


older female geeks

Natalie d'Arbeloff, artist, cartoonist, author of the amazing 'The God Interviews' and blogger with alter-ego Blaugustine continues to inspire me with her colourful career and many talents, her humour and her energy.

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Marja-Leena | 14/06/2008 | 8 comments
themes: Blogging, Books, Other artists



    Researching how long blogs have been around, I was surprised to not find a definite answer. Let's just say, this one here still seems to be a youngster on its fourth birthday! The writer behind it is slowing... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/02/2008 | 21 comments
themes: Blogging


January tree fest

The holidays are not quite over yet, today is the 8th day of Christmas after all, AND there's also a new Festival of the Trees to cheer us. The Festival of the Trees is a monthly blog carnival devoted... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/01/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Blogging


trees of my year

Many of us are looking back on the past year as it's nearing its end. Photography having become more and more a passion for me, I like to look through the year's photos. They may be observations of the little... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/12/2007 | 18 comments
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC, Photography


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...]

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


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


moved by beauty

We had a warm sunny day today, almost blindingly bright after a long spell of gloomy rain. The beauty of the fall colours in the trees lining many of Vancouver's older streets gave me great pleasure as I headed... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/10/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Blogging, Home


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


Seven years and Thanksgiving

The amazing wood s lot is 7 years old, and that's a lot in blog years! In addition to his ever rich cornucopia, for the past few months Mark has been posting his own beautiful photos of his home... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/10/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC, Rock Art & Archaeology


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



    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


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


about Photoworks


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Marja-Leena | 23/07/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Blogging, Photoworks, Textures


my favourite sculpture

First I saw Ossip Zadkine's De Poeet, then Tuumailua's challenge to bloggers to post their favourite sculptures. So here's my choice of current favourite, especially one located in Vancouver: Magdalena Abakanowicz' Vancouver Ancestors, posted a year ago. I'm wondering... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/07/2007 | 14 comments
themes: Blogging, Other artists


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


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


thinking blogs

Wow, this blog has been named a "thinking blog" by Peter - poet, writer, husband, father and spiritual guide extraordinaire of Another Country! I'm thrilled and honoured to be included in such good company, and especially pleased that Peter... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/04/2007 | 15 comments
themes: Blogging



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


broken blog

On Thursday evening (March 1st) this blog suddenly appeared very odd in design and showed only some of my very earliest posts from 2004 on the main page. The links (underlined as of yore!) went to wrong pages using the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/03/2007 | 17 comments
themes: Blogging



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


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


a blog survey

If you are a blogger, you may be interested in filling out this quick survey Why Do You Blog? It took me only a few minutes to do. Thanks to Cassandra Pages for the pointer.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/01/2007 | be the first to comment
themes: Blogging


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



A Happy Thanksgiving to all my American blog friends and readers! I'm enjoying reading some of your thanksgiving posts. Many count the blessings in their lives, or the things they love about Thanksgiving. Here's Patry's number 4: "Traditions. In... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/11/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Blogging, Culture


must-see artworks

The new Guardian's Art Blog looks interesting. Critic Jonathan Jones kicks off with his picks of 20 great art works for a definitive list of the 50 works of art to see before you die. Readers' suggestions to add... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/10/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Blogging, Other artists


wombat's world

checked out a link back to my blog from Wombat's World -the writer was going to Finland to see the Astuvansalmi rock paintings!

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rock paintings & blogs

I'm thrilled whenever I come across images of ancient rock art unexpectedly and this has just happened twice over two days. Regular readers will know that it's a subject of great interest and inspiration for me even in my own art making.

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Marja-Leena | 19/09/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Blogging, Rock Art & Archaeology


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


a malady


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Marja-Leena | 28/08/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Blogging, Nature, Photoworks


meeting bloggers

For the first time in two and a half years of blogging, I personally met another blogger face to face yesterday. Susan and I haven't known each other for very long, but when I learned she and her partner... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/08/2006 | 14 comments
themes: Blogging


short shorts

'Short shorts' is qarrtsiluni's summer theme. If you haven't yet, do read the eclectic and thoughtful submissions so far. Consider submitting your piece of writing, art or photograph. Rachel's Chevra kadisha is movingly beautiful and sad. It made me think... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/07/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Blogging, Veils Suite


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


thirteen cent pinball

Our youngest and very talented daughter has caught the blog bug! I am proud to introduce Erika's blog thirteen cent pinball.

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Marja-Leena | 15/06/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Blogging, Other artists


I'm back!

We just arrived home this evening from a very interesting six-day driving holiday to Alberta and back, with lots of stories and photos to share for several days to come! A warm thank you to everyone who emailed and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/06/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Blogging


human or robot?

I am seriously considering setting up comment registration with TypeKey. It is free for everyone, even if you don't have a blog. It requires registering only the first time. I know it's a bit annoying, but isn't it a great way to find out if the commenter is a human or a robot?

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Marja-Leena | 28/05/2006 | 15 comments
themes: Blogging


Art Daily returns

As Sam plays 'As Time Goes By' once again, Ignacio Villarreal announces the return of Art Daily, like the phoenix arising! He writes movingly of overcoming health and financial problems and bringing back his 10 year old pet project... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/05/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Blogging


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


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


a welcome back

A funny thing about blogging - one meets other bloggers and after a while many feel like they are good friends even if we never meet. When one of them quits blogging it's like losing a friend. This happened to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/02/2006 | 7 comments
themes: Blogging


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


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


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


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 Daily gone

THE END, it says in white letters on black, like a death notice. Art Daily has closed forever and I'm very sorry. Ever since I found it in my early days of blogging it had been on my daily... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/12/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Blogging


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...]

Mappi & my etchings

Finnish blogger Maria emailed me recently to ask if she could present some of my etchings on her blog and of course, I was pleased to assent. There they are now, beautifully displayed on MAPPI. Reading her very perceptive... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/11/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Blogging


a blog adieu

"This blog is thinking about hibernation. I'm an Adorable Little Rodent (TLB blog ranking) with hundreds of hits a day. But I'm getting bored with my humble self and I want to spend time on other things." Sadly for us... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/11/2005 | 6 comments
themes: Blogging, Books



I'm late in congratulating the "parents" on the birth of qarrtsiluni, a new cooperative blog. Beth of Cassandra Pages announced it best, so do go read it. I love the name, an Inuit word which means "sitting together in the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/10/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Blogging, Meta-morphosis, Printworks


a rubbing

This is a rubbing I made of a wonderful image embedded in the cover of a book I found in the library a few days ago. Indian Rock Carvings of the Pacific Northwest by Edward Meade (1971) has numerous... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/10/2005 | 7 comments
themes: Blogging, Books, Rock Art & Archaeology


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


good links

Here's a small collections of links I've been saving to share for your reading pleasure: 1. More about Smithson at Print Australia and Modern Art Notes 2. As a lover of rock art and earth art, I was excited to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/07/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Blogging, Neat stuff, Other artists, Rock Art & Archaeology


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


freedom blogs

I rarely touch on politics in my own little blogworld, but thought this international effort worthy of a mention: Reporters Without Borders selected around 60 blogs that, each in their own way, defend freedom of expression. The organisation then asked... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/06/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Blogging, Current Events



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


anniversary & rocks

Well, today is this blog's first anniversary and what a wonderful ride it has been. Many thanks to all you faithful readers and commentors and the still growing numbers of visitors who have been and are still making this... [Continue Reading...]

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


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


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


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


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


Horkay's digital collages

mr.h at Giornale Nuovo writes a fascinating blog with numerous entries about unusual art. Recently he wrote about Istvan Horkay's work and posted several of his images. Lee Spiro was quoted as saying:"[his work] combines original drawn and painted... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/03/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Blogging, Digital printmaking, Other artists