art by post

It's amazing what you can send by post...

...and possibly it arrives to its destination in one piece. Some art that I've sent through the post recently: a postcard-sized watercolor, four framed and unframed oil paintings.

1. The watercolor flew to Norway.

abstract watercolor titled Cocci Green 1

The title is "Cocci Green I", and it went to Moss, Norway, for the Twitter Art Exhibit benefiting The Women's Crisis Center in Moss. The exhibition has been organized by the artist David Sandum, and it's a brilliant way to fund raise for a good cause as well as introduce the general public to artists from all over the globe (and for a reasonable price, anyone can own an one-of-a-kind, easily transportable artwork). More information about the exhibit, which opens April 13, 2012, at

This work is from my newest "bacteria and other single-celled creatures" obsession,..I mean series. Sometimes I have a need to move away from the "macro" world of human figures and tighten my focus to the "micro" world, the basic units of life. Even though the actual details and mechanisms of cells (and all aspects of biology) fascinate me, I choose to edit those out of my watercolors and leave the more sweeping motions, shapes and colors.

2. My dad has a stop-over at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

And I hope he gets to stay for the BP Portrait Awards exhibition. The selection process is ongoing for the next two weeks, and I'll be biting my fingernails while assuming a distracted, 100-yard stare the whole time. Just waiting for the results of this selection committee would be one thing, but added to it is...

3., 4. and 5. "The Guys" were packed off to the Mall Galleries in London.

portrait of the artist's father-in-lawportrait of standing veterinarianportrait of husband and dog

Mikko, Matti and Sakari (with Laku the dog) were shipped off to the Mall Galleries in London for second-round selection for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Open Exhibition. To save on shipping costs I sent them via Express Mail, and in my anxiety, and to make sure they wouldn't arrive late, I put them in the post ridiculously early, as in a week too early. My reasoning was based upon the post office quoting me a 3-5 day delivery window, and I translated the post office speak as 5-7 days. The nice gentleman who answers the Mall Galleries' phone assured me they would be unpacked and eyeballed. Mercifully the wait is only until next week.

I guess I'll while away the time working out how to pack the paintings and ship them back to Finland from Finland.