Celebrating Artist Friendships

Together, a watercolor and gouache painting by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See the video of making this using liquid watercolors, aqua markers and gouache paint tubes.

There’s a theme that has been waiting in my blogging queue for a long time. It’s the meaning of friendships in the art world. I was about to write the blog post but then I thought it wouldn’t be as genuine as a video.

In this video blog post, I create a painting using art supplies generously donated by my student. The supplies are Spectrum Aqua Markers, Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus liquid watercolors and Turner acryl gouaches.

Here are the links to the websites mentioned in the video: a ceramic artist Johanna Rytkola, a visual artist Emmi Mustonen, the stick figure drawing class as a part of Imagine Monthly Fall 2016, a local workshop in Finland “Innostu taiteestasi”

Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the video!

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29 Responses to Celebrating Artist Friendships

  1. cindy says:

    You are such an amazing artist! I love your videos!

  2. Captivating painting video. I so agree that we often write off online friendships as trivial but they are very special in many cases. Thank you.

  3. Diane says:

    Beautiful painting and Your video discussion about friendship was very heartfelt.

  4. Lin Powell says:

    I watch you create and yet I still don’t know how you do it. You see the most amazing things and use color to bring them alive within your art work. I love everything you create and marvel at your talent. You inspire me to keep playing at art even when I can’t come close to being as creative as you are. Thank you for sharing your passion.

  5. Sue Jorgensen says:

    Great video Päivi! You always make it look so easy, and I know it’s not ?
    I also enjoy the online community as I don’t have any arty friends close by. It’s nice to have contacts who enjoy creative interests even if they are expressed in many, many different ways. I love seeing what others are doing and making.
    Have a lovely day. ?

  6. Eloise Luyk says:

    Oh so lovely. I really enjoy watching you create. The end result is such depth and drama but yet, peaceful. Thank you for sharing.
    You have inspired me to work more at creating, sketching and enjoying the mixing of art elements. I am just a beginner and enjoy learning from videos and taking other art classes.

  7. Denise Dineen says:

    Oh Paivi…..I think of you so often. I love having an on line community of friends.

    Great painting.

  8. This was a wonderful video Paivi. I enjoy watching you paint and describing your process…what a lovely tribute to your friends. Thank you for being so vulnerable and sharing with us.

  9. Cindy R says:

    Once again, you have touched me and given the world beauty. It hasn’t been that long since I discovered your videos and blog’ but I am beginning to feel as if I am a flower unfolding with my art. Never thought I would be able to create, but at least now I try. Thank you so much for giving us a wonderful glimpse into your world.

  10. Nancy Kvorka says:

    Beautiful painting. Thank you for sharing your process.

  11. Lee (Sheila) says:

    I find it difficult at times to convey my feelings, so really enjoyed your video.
    Watching you paint just leaves me ‘gobsmacked’ : an Australian expression when wonderful, fantastic, beautiful, is just not enough !

  12. Joanne says:

    What a lovely person you are! Thank you for sharing, you are an inspiration. Keep doing what you are doing, such a pleasure to see you create. Beautiful painting. It is nice to know you through your blog!!! Another friend.

  13. Darlene says:

    That is so beautiful!!! I love all of your paintings, Paivi; but this one is my favorite yet…maybe because you put so much of your heart into it.

  14. Renee says:

    Very beautiful! Your art always inspires me.

  15. Becky says:

    I don’t normally comment but I watch most of your videos. This painting is stunning and I love your technique. I learn so much from you. Thanks!

  16. Mackie 'dArge says:

    Oh, Paivi, if ever an artist has painted pure love, you just have. You have brought so much joy and yes, love, to our community of artists. I am so thankful that I found you. I want you to know how much I am touched by what you teach and share, and by how thoughtful and giving your responses always are…and to know that I love you so much, dearest teacher-mine.

  17. joanne says:

    beautiful heartfelt message Paivi — always inspiring — love the painting too

  18. Jane Stenning says:

    Hi Paivi,
    I totally agree with Lee (Sheila) and all of her Australian expressions. I too am in Australia, in Sydney and we are so far away from the rest of the world that I often feel a bit ,cut off,
    however, I so look forward to all the videos that you produce for us
    they are so amazing and I love to read all of the comments. Even though I am not an artist it’s all so inspiring and you are so generous with your time and talent.

    Thank you. Paivi

  19. Lisa Clemmer says:

    OMG! I am sitting here in bed watching this and telling my husband how darn cute you are just watching you. And then the most genuine, real, brave and courageous part of you comes out and just blows me away! You had me in tears! Thank you so being so raw and vulnerable. That takes SO much guts! I am completely honored to have you as my teacher! You are an amazing artist and fabulous teacher! And am touched beyond words with this gift of friendship video.
    From my heart to yours, in deepest appreciation!

  20. Deborah says:

    What a lovely and moving video about friendship. Also I love your painting, beautiful colours.

  21. you are definitely a treasure to the world! Your words are heartfelt and so important and your creativity expression is beyond belief. I truly enjoyed this vlog and watching you create. thank you so much from a friend in Canada.

  22. Cindy Curl says:

    Watching you create is amazing. The way you bring a blank piece of paper to a beautiful painting with all the depth and blending of color is a joy for the eyes. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Nancy R. Allen says:

    What a wonderful friend you are to all of us who love you and your beautiful art. You are such an inspiration n I keep trying but can’t begin to do what you make look so easy, you are the best. Thank you for this video and keep on making the world more happy and beautiful.

  24. Patricia Armbrust says:

    That was jaw dropping and what a tribute to the friend who sent such special gifts. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Nel Wisse says:

    Thank you for this amazing explanation and for the video too.
    I’m always impressed when I look at the way you begin with only a few drops. And later on the result as finished art-work.

  26. Dorothy says:

    I loved watching the creative process you use. Your finished painting is beautiful. Your work resonates with beauty. Artistic friends are so important because creating is a solitary pursuit. We can encourage and influence one another. I’m so glad I found your blog and look forward to someday taking a class with you. You are a blessing.

  27. Päivi says:

    Thank you so much for your responses! I am amazed by the number of the messages that I’ve got! Love all the positivity, thanks so much!!

  28. Julie says:

    Your video on artists’ friendships really touched my heart. Creative friends can understand each other and share ideas the way no one else can. I appreciate all you’ve shared with us. and I feel your friendship and openness.

  29. Judy Shea says:

    The beauty you have in your heart and mind and not to mention what you create is just beautiful. Your thoughts are real and so true. Not many of us express that. I wish I had closer friends around me, physically, to get together to be creative. Thanks for being there, Paivi.