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I have just been appointed a chairman of a local charity association
and feeling humbly grateful for the given trust:

Promise Society:
The Charity Association to benefit the Temporary Arts of Pori

At the moment the association is raising funds for a huge statue
of a quill in an ink bottle referring to the history of a location it's to be placed: Kirjurinluoto, an island town park in the delta of Kokemäenjoki river facing towards the southern bank of the city centre.






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My latest artworks in

                                             Life's a bitch, enjoy the ride
                                                                       -collection:




Beautiful dawn
  Akrylics 30x70  340€    
As strongly suffering from a winter depression the song High of James Blunt
hit me hard and loud because I do know the feeling that a rising sun is giving me every goddamn time: High:

                                         
                                                               "Beautiful dawn lights up the shore for me. 
There is nothing else in the world 
I'd rather wake up and see (with you)..."



So peaceful in the deep
Acrylics 60x80   900€

There may be times you might want to sink into a quiet darkness with no demands, no obligations and nothing to worry about, just the peaceful nothingness all around you...

"And the arms of the ocean are carrying me
And all this devotion was rushing over me
And the questions I have for a sinner like me
But the arms of the ocean deliver me

Though the pressure's hard to take

It's the only way I can escape
It seems a heavy choice to make But now I am under, oh..."
                                                                 
                                                                  thank you for the inspiration: -Florence and The Machine: Never let me go-


And sometimes I believe in love  
Acrylics   70x30    300€

And yet another painting inspired by music of my favourite band:

"I can't live with you baby, can't live without it. 
And sometimes I believe in love 
Sometimes I doubt it..."

-Eagles: You never cry like a lover-

-huge thanks for the inspiration-




Thanks for making me stronger
Acrylics 80x60     900€

This song gave me a huge boost as soon as I first heard it: I strongly felt that the hard things we may come across can make us stronger if we don't lay down:

"So I want to say thank you
'Cause it makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter..."

grateful for the inspiration:
-Christina Aguilera: Fighter-







Lift your pretty head, hold it high!

Acrylics 80x60    sold

Nils Lofgren has been one of my favourite artists for thirtyfive years now, here's another painting inspired by his music...It's all about coping in this world :



"Flip ya flip
buddy you can do it
lift your pretty head, hold it high
-sure the world keeps getting tougher
but so are you... darlin' just you try"

-Nils Lofgren: Flip ya Flip-
thank you for the inspiration







One of my old series of paintings had a new one because of a Pink song Try: -It's just all about persistance again:


 Even though it burns you gotta get up and try try try
Acrylics  70x30    300€

"Where there is desire, there is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame, someone's bound to get burned
But just because it burns, doesn't mean you're gonna die
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try..."

Pink: Try - so grateful for the inspiration


               
     

                                                               Seize fire, I'm getting out       It's always darkest before the dawn
                                  Ei saa jäädä tuleen makaamaan   Pimeintä on ennen aamunkoittoa
                                                            Acrylics   70x30     sold                                                           Acrylics  70x30    300€
                         

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One of my summer holiday entertainments: drawing from my favourite movies: I saw Les Miserables four times in the movies last spring, it just shook my world...

As having these drawings showed next July in Kauttua Ruukinpuisto I'm having some new inspirations to draw now and they include Indiana Jones and his father...



We will be together
Cosette
(Amanda Seyfried) giving hope for the future to Marius (Eddie Redmayne)




"Every Day/A Heart Full of Love"







I dreamed that love would never die


amazing
Anne Hathaway
as Fantine singing
 
"I dreamed a dream"  







And tomorrow never came

talented Eddie Redmayne mourning for his friends, singing

                          "Empty chairs at empty tables" in

Les Miserables
- a wonderful film directed by Tom Hooper based on the beloved musical of Herbert Kretzmer, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil and the epic novel of Victor Hugo...






Andrew Lloyd Webber's  wonderful    
The Phantom of the Opera 
made to a film by Joel Schumacher 

 
A story of a haunted, broken soul living in the caves of an operahouse and a love torn to two directions





Sean Astin
as my favourite character Samwais Gamgee


Orlando Bloom and Viggo Motensen as
Legolas &  Aragorn
 


in
Peter Jackson's brilliant  
The Lord of the Rings -trilogy


"...That there's still some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for!"



                                                                                  
The last of the Mohicans
with gifted 
Daniel Day Lewis, Madeleine Stowe and Russell Means

The final scene where the last of the mohicans, Chingachgook mourns the death of his only natural son, Uncas with his white son Nathaniel and Cora, whom they saved from the hands of the Hurons and who also lost her sister Alice in the final battle...

My art video with these two drawings with my own music:
                                     No matter how long it takes

                                                                                                       
Talented  Russell Crowe
 in Ridley Scott's  marvellous
Gladiator
"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."

 This scene (among many many others in this movie)  gets my spirits up  
  e v e r y   time I watch it - and that is quite often  !!





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You can now find my selected exhibitions with information and pictures.




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During the past five years of having to say goodbye to people close to me I could really use
the thoughts I have always had about persistance and not giving up.
My light and joy, my dear granny -whom I lost a few years ago always used to say:
"You can never give in! Not one inch!"
and as was posting my new paintings some time ago I realized that many of them are expressing
this exact thing: never ever giving in, not one inch...


After some years of no solo exhibitions or art society work for the previous reasons
I was lucky enough to get two solo exhibitions, first in Hella Gallery in Kauhajoki and then in Kauttua Works Event Square.

Welcome aboard, no emergency exit around
in Hella Gallery was a great experience that I will not forget.
-more info and pictures of the exhibition here-



My latest exhibition,
We must never forget in Kauttua Works Event Square
was a wonderful experiance!


-  the exhibition was included in the Finland Centenary Programme 2017 by The Council of State -



                                      

 A moment of rest in the front lines,                          An evacuee boy in the Sortavala
                Kollaanjoki 1940                                                         station during the Winter War                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

A Military funeral, Joensuu May 1940

             -original photos Finnish Wartime Photograph Archive-

The exhibition included the portraits of the Finnish people
who lived, worked and fought during our wars in 1939-1945.
As an extremely patriotic person I have always cherished the memory of the ones who lived
during the hard years of our wars -the generations of my parents and grandparents.
I owe a huge gratitude to them for maintaining our independence with such a terrible cost.
Especially as Finland was celebrating it's 100 years of independence in 2017
I felt it was even more important than ever to remember and understand the motivation
and courage of these people who were ready to sacrifice their lives to defend
their small and poor homeland, the one we still have today, thanks to them.
So we must never take our independence for granted...not then, not today.
And we must never forget.

MEKA TV:
a document of country life and the opening of the exhibitions





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Twitter Art Exhibit 2018
in Canberra, Australia
to benefit Pegasus Riding for the disabled of the ACT Inc.



this year I wanted to draw a great musician whom we sadly just lost,

the one and only Tom Petty:

Into the skies wide open



Twitter Art Exhibit
I was honoured for being appointed as one of the 
honorary embassadors of #twttrartexhibit
n the early stages of TAE to contribute an original artwork to the exhibition and spread the word online.


These are some of the small paintings for the previous charity exhibitions:
Acrylics  13x10
 
Black and white ballet shoes                                          Let me out       
   Twitter Art Exhibit, Moss, Noway 2012                                 
Twitter Art Exhibit, Los Angeles 2013



    To the moon and back 1 & 2     
Twitter Art Exhibit, Florida 2014





Thank you so much for visiting my art pages 040518...Maren


marenjeskanen(at)gmail.com
©2009
 Maren Jeskanen