Monday, 30 September 2013
My friend Kristin came from Norway on Wednesday! This was particularly exciting, as she has never been to Helsinki before. We had some great days ahead of us, starting with us going to my exhibition on Thursday to hang it down. I will write another article about the exhibition and my view of it all, but all in all I was pretty happy with the result. The taking down went quite well and we even managed to get most of the paintings back home. Before we went there we had gone around the town sightseeing. Actually, we had walked all the way from my place to the center which is many kilometers and something I often do. The days to come we went shopping (I bought some really nice autumn boots), checked out my other exhibition, more sightseeing and even a game night with Simo's family. It was great, as I always love to have people over! *hint hint*
So again another exhibition! I am absolutely not complaining, I'm loving it! This was the annual Helsinki International Artists Association exhibition, this year called "Reflections". Unfortunately because of the solo exhibition, I didn't really have any art to spare, but I DID have 3 paintings that were experiments. I decided to add those to the exhibition which was actually perfect for the theme and area where they were hanged. The exhibition is from the 15.9. - 13.10. If you live in Helsinki and are in Itakeskus, take a trip to Galleria Stoa and check it out!
Sembalot Day 2 arrived and I was excited this day because a fellow trooper was bringing her corset along so that I could have it on under my costume. I have always wanted a corset under the vest, which quite frankly I believe is the way it's supposed to look, but we somehow didn't make it so. Hopefully I can upgrade it at some point to make it look a bit more stiff. So my friend had no mercy in the morning when she put on the corset and although it sort of felt nice wearing it, it was shocking in the moment she "strapped me in". It was a painful business to put the corset on, and I swear I heard a cracking noise from somewhere deep inside my body! And how come my stomach was up my throat and my heart in my belly? Or at least that's how it felt like. So after I had gotten ready, I went to our stand and tried to get used to the new haute de couture I was wearing as well as concentrating on the people at the same time. It was fun, and I felt SO thin! Pretty much as soon as I got to the stand, I saw the girl that was there the day before, shaking all the troopers hand, and I knew the day was going to be rough. We were lined in behind the speeder bikes and the girl went to the first trooper in the left and worked her way to the end. Then she came back and this happened a few times. People were trying to take pics of their children during this time, and I'm pretty sure she was in most of them. No parent to be seen. Then she came to me and shook my hand again as I was talking to a fellow trooper. She looked me right in the eye and kept in shaking and wouldn't let go. I tried to "take my hand back" but there was no way. I had to physically open her fingers with my other hand while she was gripping as hard as I could. When I was released she quickly grabbed my hand, but then I had had enough. I felt like I was back to work in a kinder garden, but this time without pay as I said gently but firmly; "No. That's enough." Then she left. Other than this, the troop was great as usual, and we even got to take some promo shots of a future troop only with us girls for breast cancer. After an important troop of the year, we could all feel it in our feet, backs and minds (and in my case, waist) and it was time to call it a day. Oh, and for some reason, I get super happy when I get to troop with Darth Maul!
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
On Saturday it was time for the second biggest troop of the year here in Finland, called Sembalot. It's in a mall and I think sort of a yearly huge sale basically. We have been trooping for Unicef there for years. It's a very nice troop, my favourite probably, but this year it was pretty rough as the place we were placed now was sort of in the middle of EVERYTHING and the traffic was pretty big. Because it was so in the middle of the whole mall, many rude parents also just left their kids there so that they could shop, apparently believing that we were a free kindergarden for the day. This made it quite difficult for us I thought. So I decided to wear my Packing Gown costume for this troop, since I haven't worn it for a while. It's still my favourite, but it needs some major updates and work. Let's see if I can make it happen soon. I will definitely concentrate on doing that before thinking of new costumes at all. The were a LOT of children around us this year. And of course, that is the point and partly why we're doing this, but in my opinion, this became a littlebit of a problem in a way. Not the children's fault, but the parents who just left them there, or looked at them nearly breaking things without saying a thing. Funnily enough, the girls were the worst, and at some point I recognized a girl coming over SO many times during the day, doing the same thing, shaking all the troopers hands. At first it was cure; she was afraid of Darth Maul, and you could tell that she was really breaking her barrier of bravery by shaking his hand a few times. After a time it became a bit exhausting though, and being in a costume representing Star Wars you have to be careful of how you respond to children behaving badly. Many of these children were in the way constantly when other people had been waiting to take photographs or sit on the speederbikes. However, the day went pretty well eventhough it was quite exhausting. And of course I love to hang out with my fellow Rebel Legion and 501st friends, fighting for the same cause.
Monday, 23 September 2013
On Thursday I took the time to visit the big exhibition center here in Helsinki after getting a free ticket to the art and habitat fair that would be there from Wednesday to Sunday. The original fee to get in is an amazing 30 euros, absolutely insane, so I was happy to get it for free from the gallery I have my exhibition at right now. I went to the art area of the fair first to thank and say hi to the gallerist. I walked around for a while, and found myself sort of stuck in the antique section. I simply like old art and antiques and must have walked around there for even a few hours. I even passed a stand with christmas decorations. I have to say I thought that was a bit too early...but I guess not for business. Merry Christmas!
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Monday, 16 September 2013
I told Hege about the lack of respect (and understanding of the house rules) from our new neighbours and we decided to to an experiment. I was gonna start to play piano around that time of the day when they usually do the banging in their ceiling to make me shut up and see about what time they would start doing that. So I started my piano playing, but not louder than I have before (I have an electric piano). Not ONE time did they say anything. I was thinking that it could be because it was Saturday, so I think I need to continue my experiment. I thought maybe they overheard when I spoke to another neighbour about this problem in the hallway the other day. Lets see...I hope they have researched a littl ebit more about the new house they live in though.
My friend Hege came to visit me last week from Norway. Eventhough it's not that long since I had visitors because of my exhibition, I was happy to get more, as this would be a more casual visit in a way. I have been stressing way too much lately, and haven't really been able to relax completely as I'm part of ANOTHER exhibition also, coming up in a week. Luckily, this is a group exhibition that I'm part of every year. So we walked to the center on Saturday and it was a beautiful day! It was still warm and sunny, and even the beaches looked very tempting! I realized that between all my painting this summer, I had only been able to go to the beach once, which is really sad since the beaches here in Helsinki are pretty nice. It's a very nice and long walk from where I live to the center of Helsinki, and with a pace like ours and no rush, we stopped from time to time to just take in the beauty of nature. When we came to the center, we were so hungry from the walking that we decided to go to my favourite Chinese restaurant to have a little lunch, before heading to the gallery so that Hege could see my exhibition. No more sales for now, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I was a really nice day that ended with eating tacos and watching the films "Wilde" and "The Untouchables".
Friday, 13 September 2013
Thursday, 12 September 2013
I know it already happened on Saturday, but truth is I deserve this break. Since that day I've pretty much been laying on the sofa taking it easy, watching Sex and the City and other stupid things. Oh, and no painting, no gym and I can eat ANYTHING I WANT! Earned it I have. Yeees, mmm...*nerd* The opening went really well. I went there a bit earlier of course, to look over the price list and other practical things before people started coming. There was quite a rush of people which made me very happy of course. Many friends, family members and new faces visited, and there was Coke, wine and little delights served for the guests. I sold one painting at the opening which was really cool ("Flower Child 2" now called "Touch"), and one painting was reserved. Pretty good for a first timer. The opening was from 14.00 - 16.00 and I had to be there for the duration of the time of course, so I was quite hungry when the opening was finished. We went to my favourite restaurant "Santa Fe" for dinner with my family and Simo's sister. In the evening we, the younglings went out to Teerenpeli for a drink. The day after I sold another painting ("Water Lily") and another one got reserved ("The Feather"). It's going well. Here is a video from the opening:
Thursday, 5 September 2013
It's only two days and of those only a few hours more that I can paint before my solo exhibition on Saturday. It's my first solo exhibition in an art gallery, so who said I was stressed? Well I AM stressed, so much in fact, that I've had headaches, outbreaks in my skin and other wierd and unusual things happening to my brain lately. I can honestly say that I haven't been this stressed in a long time, and if that wasn't enough, I'm part of a group exhibition two weeks later that I have to paint completely new paintings for. All this and no pay. But still I can't complain. I'm doing exactly what I want and following my dreams. But it's quite clear that I have to look into taking my Masters degree in Fine Arts next year.
Monday, 2 September 2013
Even though Michael Jackson had his birthday already the 29th of August, we celebrated it on Saturday, since many fans came to Helsinki from other places in Finland. We were a bit worried when we woke up (I had guests sleeping over) and saw that it was raining, since we were planning to have a picnic. It got better thought and we didn't think more of it and headed to the center to meet the others. We BARELY made the boat that would take us all to the island of "Suomenlinna" where we have had a picnic for the last few years before hanging out and going out in the evening. It was fun - there was a tasty chocolate cake and even a rebus game where the pictures would make up a title of a song. Iida and I were on the same team and WE WON! She got a Captain EO badge and I got a pen and patch! After we had eaten and played the game, we had the chance to see some of the girls do the Thriller dance which is always fun to see! There were a lot of new faces there. MJ fans that were very young, and it was fun to sort of re-live their excitement to every picture they saw of Michael in a magazine. Everything was new. After the picnic we went back to a fans place and had a great time; MJ videos, talk of trips and memories, dancing and pizza, before heading to the center to PARTY! We decided quite early on that the only place to be guaranteed Michael Jackson music all night, would be a gay club. So we went to DTM, (Don't Tell your Mama) and true enough - as soon as we came in, they played P.Y.T! We had a great time and they played real disco music most of the night. The girls even got a chance to dance Thriller again on the stage to great applause! What a night!
Sunday, 1 September 2013
On Friday, I gathered my MJ movie club girls at my place and we watched Star Wars "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" in one go. We decided it was best this way, since it had been such a long gap between "A New Hope". To get them "out of the way" and focus on new films. It was a bit overwhelming, and I noticed that some of the girls got a bit tired halfway through "Return of the Jedi", but they were sporty and survived. Most of the girls found "Return of the Jedi" to be their favourite film of all the 3, which is also my personal favourite. It was nice to see the Original Star Wars trilogy on your own big screen with people who were new to the story.