Saturday, 26 September 2015


Birds singing in a summer forest after a refreshing rain, the sun starts to glimmer on every leaf and flower again. The bird songs grow stronger and wilder. Peace is around.

My colleague, wonderful illustrator and comic artist JP Ahonen made a website that sells original drawings and paintings and a few prints. All income will be donated to the Red Cross to aid their work in helping asylum seekers during the Syrian conflict.

This is a detail of a bigger painting, In Forest, that was a commissioned painting for Mirando Bok in Sweden. The original painting is also now available there. The site has collected already more than 10000€, and hopefully soon even more!

Please have a look, and help at:

1. freedom from disturbance; tranquillity.
2. a state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended

Peace to everyone!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015


Hello September!

Gardens still bloom, meadows are filled with dragon flies near to the lakes. Every possible minute outdoors, sleeping under stars, watching full Moon and Aurora Borealis on dark sky. The cool misty mornings are swept away slowly with sunshine and warmth, until the evening cools everything to perfect temperature, to woollen cardigan weather.

A few new prints available in the small online shop! Meadow Path, that can be coloured in, Tree Village with blue evening moments, Butterfly Branches to savour the last summer moments and Buttercups to think of the new coming spring.

The Tree Village and Butterfly Branches were made with the kind support from Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Thank you for the support!

Long walks, warming drinks, starlight!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015


Summer in North, first in the waves of Norwegian and Barents Sea, then hiking the fells. Around lakes, deeper in the fjords. Calm waves, many bonfires, wrapped in many layers, with wide smiles, even with big puddles inside shoes. Whales, crowberries, cloudberries, eagles and crows. Mist that covers the fell tops.

Monday, 6 July 2015


Boat trips on the lakes of this city, bicycling from shadows to warm sun. The wind that hymns its summer songs through birch tree leaves with different melodies. Swallows late in the evening. Swimming and reading books, feet in water.

Summer Birch Tree -poster available in the small online shop, here.

July greetings!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015


Summer, even cold so far, Northern magic at home in the East and in Lapland. Trees that get smaller and twisted on the way, people who get more relaxed. The sun that does not set. The visitors with antlers on greener blueberry patches. Secrets of the North.

Happy summer!

Thursday, 14 May 2015


The painting table here is covered with green splashes of aquarelle. Trees appear, night and day on my table. Trees are coloured in green dresses also outside by every spring rain drop and sun beam.

Greetings & Salutations, An Exhibition in Collaboration with Red Cap Cards, with works by Jon Klassen, Chris Sasaki, Christian Robinson, Becca StadtlanderYelena Bryksenkova and me. A few days the exhibition with Red Cap Cards artists is still open at Gallery Nucleus in California, if you happen to be nearby. Or if you are far away, like me, you can still enjoy the show online, hereAll the works are also for sale.

Thank you Carrie and Jessica for this possibility!

Green spring dreams!

All the photos by Red Cap Cards.

Friday, 24 April 2015


The last days have been so pretty and warming. Flowers, phone calls, messages of congratulations, hugs. So wide smiles. 

This is me on Tuesday evening in beautiful Helsinki. Behind there is a beautiful street leading to a beautiful church. In front of me is beautiful Eili-Kaija that took this photo and behind her is a lovely square market and the sea. On my left, in this beautiful orange old house, there is a gallery, where an exhibition opened just before this photo was taken. In that exhibition opening, I received the Kaiku award, an award of a remarkable breakthrough as an illustrator by The Association of Finnish Illustrators.  So grateful, thank you, thank you! Receiving such an award from own colleagues means so much. They know the best how this work is.

Also, two other wonderful illustrators were awarded too. Laila Nevakivi got an award of distinguished teaching material and non-fiction illustrations and Kristiina Louhi received an award of remarkable life's work as an illustrator. 

In the exhibition there are works of us all three, original paintings, books, tableware and clothing. The exhibition is open until the 31st of May, 2015 in Virka Galleria, at the Helsinki City Hall. Hopefully you can visit! Please remember to sign the guestbooks if you go.

In the exhibition you can also see three documentary portraits of us three. The small videos were made by Kari Kuukka from DocImages. Here you can see a few screenshots from my video. If you are not able to go to the exhibition, the videos luckily can be watched also online, mine is here, the videos of Kristiina and Laila can be found here.

So happy! That is me on the left, Laila Nevakivi in the middle and Kristiina Louhi on the right. I love their works. Can you imagine, we all work with watercolours on such digital times.

Oh, all these pretty flowers! Thank you Kuvittajat ry, colleagues, friends and family! 


(The first photo is taken by Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi, the 2nd, 3rd and 5th photos are screenshots of a video made by Kari Kuukka, the 4th photo is by Anna Kähkönen.)



Voi onnellisuutta! Sain Kaiku palkinnon Kuvittajat ry:ltä tiistaina. Näyttely on auki Virka Galleriassa, Helsingissä Sofiankadulla aina 31.5.2015 asti. Siellä on myös palkittujen Kristiina Louhen ja Laila Nevakiven töitä sekä videot meistä kolmesta. 

Lisää voi lukea Kuvittajien sivuilta.