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 long that there are buds in the trees, full of live 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!

Wonderful watercolors at Lahti

I was visiting 90th anniversary exhibition of Finnish Painters´ Association at art museum Lahti.

I especially liked the wonderful watercolors by artist Senja Vellonen (above and below).

The exhibition is open until 2.12. 2018.

Photos by Jussi Tiainen.