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Painting Poems – Watch the Video!

This week, we’ll continue the theme of painting poems from a couple of weeks ago. I create a small painting from a poem in a video and also talk about overcoming perfectionism.

Mennyt tulee takaisin - Past Comes Back, an acrylic painting by Paivi Eerola of Peony and Parakeet. Watch how she creates this in a video. See her examples of painting poems!

Here’s the acrylic painting that I created from Saima Harmaja‘s old poem “Olkoon niin!” I also include some examples from the class Floral Freedom at the end of this post.

Painting Poems – Watch the Video!

In the video, I show how a poem can make a painting more finished and meaningful. I also talk about why I thought I can’t paint Finnish poems and how I have realized that aiming for perfection doesn’t always help.

More Poetic Paintings

I created these two paintings for the class Floral Freedom. The first one is inspired by Anna-Maija Raittila’s poem Ruiskukkaehtoo (Cornflower Night).

Ruiskukkaehtoo - Cornflower Night - an acrylic painting by Paivi Eerola of Peony and Parakeet.

And the one below is inspired by Katri Vala’s poem Kukkiva maa (Flowering Earth).

Kukkiva maa - Flowering Earth, an acrylic painting by Paivi Eerola. Based on an old poem, watch Paivi's video about painting poems!

Paint Dreamy Florals to Free Your Spirit!

Floral Freedom – the abstract floral class based on Paul Klee’s and Wassily Kandinsky’s insights – will begin on Dec 4, 2021. In this class flowers are not just passive decorations, but they fly, sing, and dream! >> Sign up Now!

Floral Freedom is 20% off for the rest of November, so now is a good time to sign up!
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6 thoughts on “Painting Poems – Watch the Video!

  1. I see the agony from a wolf that has bitten with sharp white teeth drawing blood. His angry beady eye is watching with his hair standing on end overhead. Maybe his snarling breath and flying spittle are from the hard to breathe moments of TB. Maybe his nasty wild fur shows his inability to reach out and hold someone in a warm hug. Your description of the poet’s short life tugs at my heart with her ability to describe feelings. You have certainly shown the agony and feelings I assumed were in the poem from her life. The hope I feel is from the curled, rounded petals of small sweet petals on blossoms spilling out with hope and sparkling with love of living in spite of the wolf lurking behind her back. The painting you have shown last is such a beautiful painting with that one lovely pink flower – just looking at it takes away all the stress from the news and uncertainty for the future. I could look a long time and become braver for it. Thank you.

  2. Gorgeous painting and poem. It was neat to hear you speak Finnish, and your English translation is very evocative. I find a beautiful melancholy in it and in your painting. Love the pop of red. Happy to be taking the class.

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