2006 marked a
watershed moment on my path as an artist. I started feeling increasingly
interested in expressionism. Finding the essence of each scenery, animal or
person, and presenting it through bold colours. I want to portray the beauty of
each subject in full colour, to define and express the colourful, energetic essence
of each one.
Talvipäivän aurinko ja punaiset linnut. 2007
The pairing of red birds and a snowy winter landscape is one that has inspired me on many an occasion. A Finnish forest scene basking in glorious winter sun....there's a miraculous quality of luminosity, the short while when the setting sun colours the snow-clad scenery in bright shades. And the common bullfinch in magnificent red, bracing the cold, taking in the sun.
landscape, quiet and at rest like the hibernating bear. The king of the forest
knows how to rest, living in tune with nature. Gathering its strength for the months
of midsummer sun when it's time to forage and raise the young. I sometimes
think nature knows better to take the opportunity and rest over winter. Just
imagining the bear's den has an element of something deeply restful...cosy and
protected from frozen winds, sleeping, restoring one's strength.
This oil painting of the Finnish lake district is a scenery near my gallery.
Päijänne is stunning anytime of the year, but the colours of early summer are
especially inspiring. The green of the forest, the pine trees that reach for
the sky, and the surface of the lake that reflects the sky.
Oil paintings by Paavo Stenius. Finnish nature scenes. Bird painting, bear painting, lake painting, forest painting. Finnish contemporary art. Nature art.