Watercolor course at Ristiina

I attended a watercolor course at Yövesi Art studio Ristiina in July. The artist Katja Antonoff was inspiring teacher and the whole course a total art piece with good vegetarian food, music performances and a trip to Astuvansalmi rock paintings.

View from the sauna

Yövesi Art studio at Ristiina
Watercolor from Astuvansalmi rock paintings by Seija Sultan
Rock-watercolor by Liisa Hyrkkänen
Rocks at Astuvansalmi

Time of violets

Geothe carried always seeds of Viola Odorata (Tuoksuorvokki in Finnish) in his pockets and sprinkled them around while his daily walking. Thus the world would come a bit nicer place to live, he thought.

So tells Eeva Ruoff in her book Tuoksuva puutarha ( in English: The Fragrant garden).

Viola canina at our yard (in Finnish Aho-orvokki)


Spring is already so far that there are buds in the trees, full of life and aroma. They say that buds of a rowan (pihlaja in Finnish) taste a bit nutty. The taste is delicious.

Watercolours at Mikkeli

Watercolour exhibition by Katja Antonoff at Mikkeli GalleriAri 4.4.-30.4.

-All my works are dealing with silence. That is my theme, the artist tells.

Watercolor Nameless at the left.

Katja Antonoff works at Hyvinkää but runs Art House Ylöjärvi at Ristiina summertime. She teaches watercolor painting and other art courses at Ylöjärvi.

A way of lissening

Are you able to lissen what a chanterelle has to say? To be that silent and focused?

Waldur Mikita, an Estonian writer, claims that Estonians are able. Maybe the Finns too.

In his book of Kanttarellin kuuntelemisen taito (in English: Lissening to a chanterelle) he says that real specialists are “the old grandmothers at countryside”. They have learned to know the nature by heart and they are important cultural ambassadors for their grandchildren. Great job!