24 maaliskuuta 2019

Color Collage

Sorry Aino, my triangles are upside down!

About my Favourite Linkups

The first linkup I started to participate in the autumn 2015  is Pieni Lintu’s / Little Bird’s Makrotex Challenge. We are given every week a new topic and this week it is GREEN. Because at the moment there is not yet any green to be seen in the nature, I selected a few photos from last year / the Conservatory of Helsinki & Viherpaja Vantaa.

Also I have participated quite a long time in Mosaic Monday, now hosted by Angie at the blog Letting Go of the Bay Leaf. I have learned to know many nice ladies who tell about their life. In the blogpost there must be at least one collage. This week I present some great international books that I have read recently. The writers come from all over the world:

Domenico Starnone, Italy - Trick *****
Sergio Ramírez, Nicaragua - Perdón y olvido, short stories ****
Luis Sepúlveda, Chile - The Story of A Seagull and the Cat who Taught her to Fly ****
The nobelist J.M. Coetzee, South-Africa - Times and Life of Michael K ***
Gail Honeyman, Scotland - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine ****

A year ago I found this green linkup that is hosted by Loretta and Wolfgang from Germany. It concentrates mainly on garden and gardening. The linkup is called Gartenglück - Garden Happiness. The rhythm of the seasons is quite different in Finland and Germany but I love to watch their early spring happiness!

My newest linkup host and blog friend is Tom who has several linkups - and a million of great photos! See his blog Backroads Traveller. I don’t always have an appropriate post but I join in Tom’s challenges every time I can.

Then I love to participate in two artistic linkups - Jutta’s Digital Art Tuesday and Ainos Color Collage Challenge.

To finish I’ll tell you my good and happy news. Today it’s 9 months and 11 days from my severe ankle and low leg fracture and today I was able to walk my 2,5 km walking route for the first time on my own feet without any aid! These have been really tough months but am confidently looking for spring and summer and the new gardening season!


Wishing you all great spring days!
- riitta

22 maaliskuuta 2019

Friday Bliss #28 - Longing for Spring!

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: 
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Yes, I deserve a spring - I owe nobody nothing.
- Virginia Woolf

Despite the forecast, live like it's spring.
 - Lilly Pulitzer

 Pardón y olvido ****, a lovely collection of short stories 
by the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez (b. in 1942) / Cervantes Prize in 2017.
This is the first time his works have been translated into Finnish.
Some of his books have been translated to English - see Amazon.

I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. 
The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.
- Millard Kaufman

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!
- riitta

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19 maaliskuuta 2019

Digital Art Dienstag

This week I used Jutta’s original and played to be a pointillistic painter.
Two versions: lilac & white alliums.

The original

16 maaliskuuta 2019

Memories of March

My mother used to say that years are not like brothers, meaning there are huge differences in weather and also otherwise... I think this March is quite normal Finnish March: around zero, grey and raining. Still a lot of snow but it is fortunately melting away. Nothing pretty to photograph outside - not in any March, for the spring comes to Finland in April! The only sign of spring is the melting snow... I wanted to compare previous years and went through my archives and selected a few photos of March 2016, 2017 and 2018. To me these four past March are like twin brothers!

In March 2016 we got a few showers of new snow, snow was melting though
and a bit of perennials could be seen ...

In March 2017 at Easter the snow was almost totally gone and I had some tete a tete
daffodils in a pot on the terrace. But they got a blanket of fresh snow!

In March 2018 I photographed outside only icicles
 - they were truly handsome hanging from the roof of our garage!

This March I have taken only once photos outside  - it was this handsome goshawk visiting.
Taken through glass and at a long distance.
This is the first time I succeeded to photograph this handsome raptor.

Wishing you a pleasant weekend & the new week to come!
- riitta

15 maaliskuuta 2019

Friday Bliss #27 - Animalistic

This week I read a fantastic fable by the Chilean writer, Luis Sepúlveda:
The Story of a Seagull and the Cat who Taught Her to fly 
- Historia de una gaviota y del gato que le enseñó a volar 

The story tells about a seagull who is about to die due to crude oil on the sea water. 
 She manages to make an emergency landing on the balcony of 
a big fat black cat called Zorbas. The seagull lays an egg and Zorbas promises to hatch it 
and then teach the chick to fly. All this is a tough project and Zorbas needs help of his cat buddies - Secretario, Sabelotodo, Barlovento & Colonello. I warmly recommend 💕

Zorbas might look like this! This is not my Sissi.

The other book of Sepúlveda I warmly recommend is: 
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories - Un viejo que leía novelas de amor

This handsome Samoyed dog is Marlon B who works at the local pet shop.
My husband always buys him some goodies!
The Samoyed is a breed of large herding dog, with a thick, white, double-layer coat. 
It takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. 

And this cute girl belongs to my friend...

And some flowers for the weekend - Have it nice & cozy!
- riitta

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14 maaliskuuta 2019

Goshawk Visiting

Goshawks have been visiting my garden a few times before.
The last time a year ago. And there he/she is again sitting on my pergola!
The photos are not so good, it is a grey snowy day and are taken through glass
at a long distance. While I’m writing this, the hawk sits and observes the surroundings.

HERE my post from last year.

12 maaliskuuta 2019

Digital Art Dienstag

The long winter has stolen my energy, so I use this time too an old edit.
I photographed some withering tulips and this is how they turned out.

I did not find exactly the same photo in my archive, but this is how the tulip looked.

11 maaliskuuta 2019

Magritte & Kupka in Helsinki

There are tens of museums in the Helsinki region and we have this fantastic invention for 4th year now - Museum Card - that opens entrance to 280 museums all around the country. It is valid the whole year and costs 69 €. After visiting approximately four exhibitions, the following are ’free’. My husband gave me Museum Card as a Women’s Day present and I’ll tell you about two art exhibitions that I intend to visit next week. The photos and info come from the sites of these two museums - Ateneum and Amos Rex. I’ll post later on my impressions of the exhibitions.

The museum shows works of the Belgian painter René Magritte (1898-1967) for the first time in Finland. Magritte, who is considered a leading figure in Surrealism, is particularly known for his works that turn everyday reality upside down; an apple fills a whole room and a nose becomes a pipe. The familiar is suddenly bafflingly strange.

Amos Rex / Wikimedia Commons / Sino Yu

The Czech artist František Kupka (1871–1957) is known as a pioneer of abstract art. The retrospective of the painter, who enjoyed a long career in Paris, will enable viewers to explore the history of Western art: the step-by-step transition from traditional portraiture towards abstract expression. In his powerful and almost psychedelic works, Kupka applied Newton’s colour theory, as well as music theory: you can sense rhythm and movement in his paintings. Three of the exhibition galleries will show Kupka’s works with jazz and classical music playing in the background.

František Kupka: Piano Keys, Lake (1909). National Gallery in Prague. © ADAGP, Paris.

František Kupka: Planes by Colours, Large Nude (1909–1910).
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © ADAGP, Paris.
Photo: © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais.

František Kupka: Lipstick II (1908). Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris, 
deposited at Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. 
© ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Musées de Strasbourg / N. Fussler.

There is a book about Magritte - Lifeline, released in 2018 / Amazon


Happy new week for everybody!