the rain. An oil painting of Päijänne. The Finnish lake district is stunning
and always in subtle motion. Summer in Finland is filled with light, midnight
sun and delicate colours. Finnish forest is an endless inspiration. Finnish
lakes too. The beauty of it comes to alive especially after light summer rain.
The colours appear more luminous, the air is fresh and the purity is tangible.
After each winter, there comes the spring: rays of sunshine that caress the snow, gradually gently melting it away. Giving space to the forest green. Rugged earthy shapes uncovered as the snowy cover fades out to give way to spring. This is one of my favourite times of the year; the beauty of spring and restoration of life in plain sight. This painting is of a forest near my hometown. I return there regularly but something about this particular afternoon has always remained special. Soft, pastel hued sunshine, the remaining snow reflecting the sky.
scenes in November can appear barren. Everything changes when the first
snowfall comes. There's something magical about Nordic forests in first snow.
The snow crystals reflecting light, tree branches covered in frosting. It's a
quiet sort of beauty. The many shades of snow.
Kylmä ilta. 2005
Early oil paintings by Paavo Stenius. Finnish nature scenes on canvas. Contemporary art, landscapes, bird paintings and more.