Friday, October 14, 2011

My Art Work Is up at UofM Gifts of Art Program

I am very excited in having my art work participating at the UofM Gifts of Art Program:

More info at www.med.umich.edu/goa

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Opening Reception


At the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, http://www.riversidearts.org/

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Show at the Common Cup Coffee Shop

Another show is up, this time at the Common Cup Coffee Shop on Washtenaw. The opening will be on Thursday July 14th at 6pm. There are four large magnetic boards to play with my magnetic nature letters, the two lower ones are at children's height - a child friendly art show opening! The show will run through August 29th.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Art That Is Local Gallery

Five artists are showing at the Art That Is Local Gallery in Whole Foods Market on Washtenaw:
Sally Silvennoinen, Matruka Sherman, Terry Odell, Vickie Peterson Michalak and Laila Kujala.
Opening reception is on Tuesday, June 21st at 6pm. Food and beverages are provided by Whole Foods Market.
Below are some images of the show.

Overview of the show.

I love these paintings about life in Finland by Sally.

My Sand Dune Alphabet Art:)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sand Dune Alphabet

Last fall I made a trip to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes with my friend Marilyn. The dunes were beautiful and I took lots of pictures of them. This alphabet is based on those images and lots of detective work. Some of the letters may need a bit of imagination:)




Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nature Alphabet

I have finally put my Nature Alphabet on Etsy (http://www.lailakujala.etsy.com/). I decided to make two sets - one square and one rectangle. The one thay says Nature Alphabet can be personalized to say for example "Olivia's Alphabet."




Friday, January 28, 2011

Letter Z


Z is for Zeal.
"Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader." - Paul J. Meyer

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Letter Y


Y is for yellow.
"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun." - Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Letter X


This letter is not very generous with words or artsy quotes. So I do what I can.
X is for Xylography - the art of engraving on wood, or of printing from such engravings. I did not know I was a xylographer!
I did find a great quote from Greek philosopher Xenophanes:
"Men create gods in their own image."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Letter W


W is for wonder.
"Awe and wonder must underlie the urgency felt by all artists - musicians, poets, dancers, painters - to sing forth the deep joy of existence." - Carl Schmalz

Monday, January 24, 2011

Letter V


V is for visualize.
"My last word is that it all depends on what you visualize." Ansel Adams

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Letter U


U is for unique.
" A new painting is unique event, a birth, which enriches the universe as it is grasped by human mind, by bringing a new form into it." - Henri Matisse
"At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such marvolously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Letter T


T is for truth.
"My great longing is to make those very incorrectnesses, those deviations, remodellings, changes in reality, so that they may become, yes, lies if you like - but truer than the literal truth." - Vincent van Gogh
"Whatever satisfies the soul is truth." - Walt Whitman
"Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth." - Kahlil Gibran (I love this one - so true!)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Letter S


S is for simplicity.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo ds Vinci
"Simplicity is the glory of expression." - Walt Whitman
"Simplicity, carried to the extreme, becomes elegance." - Jon Franklin

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Letter R


R is for rhythm.
"Rhythm is as necessary in a picture as pigment; it is as much part of painting as of music." - Walter J Phillips
"The domain of rhythm extends from the spiritual to the carnal." - Bruno Walter

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Letter Q


Q is for Quality.
"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives." - William A. Foster

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Letter P


P is for passion.
"Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless." - Honore de Balzac
"Passion colors all that it touches in its own hue." - Baltasar Gracian
"Paradise is to love many things with passion." - Pablo Picasso


Monday, January 17, 2011

Letter O


O is for obsession.
"The painter's obsession with his subject is all that he needs to drive him to work." - Lucian Freud
"Being an artist is not a choice; it is an obsession." - Andrew Hamilton
"The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts." - Henry Moore

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Letter N


N is for nature.
"I devour nature ceaselessly. I exaggerate, sometimes I make changes in the subject; but still I don't invent the whole picture. On the contrary, I find it already there. It's a question of picking out what one wants from nature." - Vincent van Gogh
"Nature is not only what is visible to the eye - it also shows the inner images of the soul - the images on the back side of the eye." - Edvard Munch

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Letter M


M is for meditation.
"Painting is meditation that allows me to process the awe I feel for life and offer some expression of beauty to honor that." - Linda Saccoccio
"Getting inside a sunset hooks me so I am unaware of time and space and my mind slows down. It's meditating by painting and it's great to the soul." - Barb Rees

Friday, January 14, 2011

Letter L


L is for love.
"The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed." - Jiddu Krishnamurti (Krishnamurti was my favorite reading as a teenager and the first introduction to the Eastern thinking:))

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Letter K


K is for knowledge.
" A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle." - Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Letter J


J is joy.
"When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you, a joy. - Rumi

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Letter I


I is for imagination.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
"In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, January 10, 2011

Letter H


H is for happiness.
"Happiness and work rose up together with the sun, radient like it." - Paul Gauguin
"Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir
"Happiness ... it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort." - Vincent van Gogh

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Letter G

This letter gave me a lot of hard time, but then yesterday finally I found this image at the Botanical Gardens after searching for a long time. I love it! G is also a special letter, because it starts the word gratitude and if you read my first alphabet blog post you know this all started from being inspired by artist Dee Overly's gratitude letters (http://www.deeoverly.com/). Dee did not make her own alphabets, but she posted things she was grateful for alphabetically. Thanks again Dee! Also, I could not choose just one quote.
G is for gratitude.
"The essense of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."- Friedrich Nietzche
"Gratitude helps you to grow and expand. Gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around." - Eileen Caddy
"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all others."- Cicero
"I have walked this earth for 30 years, and, out of gratitude I want to leave some souvenir."- Vincent van Gogh

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Letter F


F is for fantasy.
"Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalcuable." - Carl Jung

Friday, January 7, 2011

Letter E


E is for expression.
"All art is the expression of one and the same thing - the relation of the spirit of man to the spirit of other men and to the world." - Anselm Adams

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Letter D


D is for dreams.
"There is at the back of every artist's mind ... the landscape of his dreams; the strange flora and fauna of his own secret planet; the sort of thing he likes to think about. This general atmosphere governs all his creations, however varied. - G. K. Chesterton
"Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall unveil." - James Allen

Letter C


C is for creativity.
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Letter B


B is for beauty.
"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Nature Alphabet

I got inspired by artist Dee Overly's (http://www.deeoverly.com/) gratitude letters to create my own nature alphabet. Based on NASA study on astronauts that it takes 26-30 days of mental re-training for the subconsious mind to accept any new information as a fact, Dee used the alphabet (26 letters) to train her mind to be more thankful by posting things she was thankful for starting with a different letter each day. I am thankful to Dee for her inspiration. I will be posting a letter a day with an artsy word and a quote that has the word. Maybe I call them inspiration letters:)
Here is the first one:

A is for art.

"A work of art is a unique result of a unique temperament." - Oscar Wilde
"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit." - John Updike