Caput mortuum

On the watercolor below I used the fine tone Caput Mortuum. I think this dark reddish brown pigment is perfect tint of the ground after snow has melted. The shade varies, this pigment is Sennelier 919.

After a while there is new life after Caput Mortuum (lat.)


One third of the snow is still left. No green leaves on the ground. But yesterday I found some crocuses. At the same time the first butterfly came to suck nectar out of them. Lemon butterfly with bright yellow wings! I was so happy there were those five crocuses for it to suck.

The silence we almost lost

At this era of lock down many of us have realized how we had already lost the sense of silence, peace and tranquility at our busy lives.

Nature can help us. Books can help us.

Austin Kleon (“a writer hos draws”) refers in his blog to the columns by American writer Brian Doyle. Doyle has written a book One long river of song: notes on wonder, which has been called “the greatest nature essay ever”. One is able to read Doyle`s nice columns on different subjects online at the address:

Winter blues

This is a small watercolor painting I made Yesterday. I tried to give watercolor some more light by taking color off from the paper with a sponge or paper towel while the paper was damp.

Finger exercises

It has been too long since I painted last time. Now it is time to begin the finger exercises. This is a watercolor from today. It takes at least three weeks before the hand begins to get used to painting.


Winter is time of black and white here in Finland. At sunrises and sunsets one can even see beautiful silhouettes.

This silhouette was made of me one summer as I was 14 years old and visiting the Linnanmäki amusement park at Helsinki. One could just sit at the chair for a while and the artist cut the paper in a few minutes. How skilful!

As I published this image, some friends have contacted me and told about the artists whom they think might have done this papercut. At Linnanmäki there has been three artists working: Onni Pursiainen and Eero Manninen and later Manninen´s daughter Sirkka Lekman ( It is a pity that there is no signature at the image. But thanks for the messages!