We had a paintig day (Suomen kuvataiteen päivä 10.7.) at the garden of a wonderful old parsonage Kenkävero Mikkeli, which is now a popular place for tourists to visit.
Full sushine. Tourists. Some were eager to see how to paint watercolor outside. Children wanted to try themselves.
The day is organized by the Finnish Watercolor Society and there are happenings around the country every summer 10.7.
Tempera 40x 45 cm. Midsummer 2018.
It is time again to do some sketching outside. I found an old plastic water-filled pencil.
It was a joy to try.
Suddenly in the middle of May it is really hot, 34 degrees (celcius ) today.
Blueberries begin to blossom already.
There are only few colors left in the Finnish forest after the winter. But there is life! For example pine needles have more vitamin C than they have at summer.
One day I saw a black big crow flying high above the sky. It definitely had a message, it was cawing with noisy voice.
Suddenly I realized what it had in mind: it was informing about the forest harvesting going on nearby. Hundreds of spruce and pine trunks were collected.
A neighbor saw it also and said he knows where the nest is. It is located on the most beautiful spot on high cliff.
They say that crows are the most intelligent animals. They are very communicative and even don´t forget human faces.
Some watercolors are interesting in the way they granulate. They kind of paint themselves.
Burnt umber is one of those, here is an example. Neutral tint is another interesting watercolor pigment.
I have long wondered how to mix the color of spruce in the early spring as the snow is shimmering and the sun is shining strongly.
Green but not green. Dark but not black. The color becomes more of the opposite color than local color.
Here the color of spruce is the mixture of viridian green and permanent magenta.
Dried flowers in the bowl, remnants from last summer.
As the winter continues, the need for colors grows. To see yellow, pink, green.