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Create Internal Seascapes!

Stormy Scenery by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her mini-course for creating internal seascapes!

This is my latest mini-course for Imagine Monthly. It’s last of the six mini-courses of the spring season. The theme, a stormy sea, is so expressive that I included a special mental coaching session for each step in the video.

Inspiration for Seascapes

My main inspiration for the course came from the two famous painters: Joseph Mallord William Turner and Ivan Aivazovsky, both masters of expressing storm and water. I also studied contemporary artists, one of which is from my home country, a Finnish painter Petri Ala-Maunus.

A painting by Petri Ala-Maunus at Kiasma, Finland

One of his masterpieces can be seen at Kiasma, which is a museum of contemporary art in Helsinki. Just went there a few weeks ago and will again, the main reason is just this gorgeous painting!

For me, Petri Ala-Maunus’s work is an internal landscape. It’s like a view to the inner world with valleys and mountains, seas and storms, ready to be explored and seen again and again. I would like to see a painting like this on the evening of a rough day and then again in the morning, to get my energy flowing.

So, aren’t powerful seascapes a perfect theme for creating art journal spreads? See my Pinterest board Internal Seascapes for more inspiration!

Art journals with stormy seascapes by Peony and Parakeet

My Versions of Internal Seascapes

I made the first version before recording the process in the video. I am also talking about the details of this one on the mini-course.

Stormy Scenery by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her mini-course for creating internal seascapes!

The next one is the mixed media painting that I create in the course video. It has six steps, and it’s very easy to start! I also explain how to get connected with your emotions when creating the painting. The mindset changes, as the painting progresses. This way you will get the expressive and layered result in the end. The mini-course also gives a lot of guidance on how to finish your work.

Stormy Scenery by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her mini-course for creating internal seascapes!

Imagine Monthly – From Fine Art to Art Journaling

The community of Imagine Monthly has meant a lot to me this spring. A few years ago, I really missed talking about fine arts and how to apply them to art journaling and mixed media. It feels amazing that I have now found so many like-minded people through my classes. So this last mini-course of Imagine Monthly is partly my gift for the participants. I have put my truly best effort to make the best class possible. It also has a longer video, 45 minutes instead of the regular 30 minutes.

Paivi from Peony and Parakeet with her seascape paintings

Create Internal Seascapes!
Imagine Monthly Spring is over, but you can buy it as a self-study class! >> Buy Imagine Monthly Spring Bundle
Stormy Scenery is also available as an individual mini-course! >> Buy Stormy Scenery

8 thoughts on “Create Internal Seascapes!

  1. I haven’t opened the mini class yet as I’m babysitting and would be distracted. But I read your blog – it is so exciting. I think your colors are gorgeous – color everywhere like a flood. Then I see that they are very purposeful, also. I LOVE this. I also love the painting you have shown from Petri Ala Maunus. I felt so drawn into the ocean activity. The choppy nature of the water was pulling me to look over the edge of the boat. I felt excitement so I can only imagine how you felt in real life. What a gift he has for absorbing his viewers into his world. I had to stop and breathe in order to continue. WOW what a painting. I don’t want to look at June until I do April and May. A 9 month old has taken over my life since at seventy, I get too tired to do anything but watch him – of course that is reward enough. But I’m going crazy waiting to get arty.

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