23 August 2014, Cervera de los Montes
I told my daughter that I'm planning a painting of Piglet and Winnie the Pooh. Don't you like them? she asked upset referring to my statement that I paint things I don't like. Piglet is cute but in my painting he will represent Animal Farm's pigs. Sometimes I use in my work things I like as subterfuges.
I like potato chips. My wife buys a huge red and yellow bag of them always when we go to our summer place in Finland. This year I asked her why. She said that my late grandfather had them always. My grandmother told that he had tasted the exotic potatoes in Barcelona in the 50's when he was showcasing there a tractor, he worked as a technician at Valmet. Now my Spanish wife is addicted to the Finnish potato crisps. When I was back home from vacation I had to draw them. I will exhibit the drawing in my show in Barcelona in October. The show will be dedicated to my grandfather.
MY FAVORITE CAPITALISM SLOGANS
15 August 2014, Cervera de los Montes
Capitalism revives and sustains. Capitalism - Good til the last drop. Capitalism - Enjoy life. Capitalism - It had to be good to get where it is. Capitalism - Pure as sunlight. Capitalism - America's favorite moment. Capitalism goes along. The only thing like Capitalism is Capitalism itself. How about Capitalism? Capitalism knows no season. Capitalism - along the highway to anywhere. What you want is a Capitalism. Capitalism - for people on the go. Capitalism makes good things taste better. Capitalism - The sign of good taste. Capitalism - What a refreshing new feeling. Things go better with Capitalism. Capitalism... after Capitalism ... after Capitalism. Capitalism has the taste you never get tired of. Capitalism - It’s the real thing. I'd like to buy the world Capitalism. Capitalism - Look for the real things. Capitalism adds life. Have Capitalism and a smile. Capitalism is it. Capitalism - America's real choice. Capitalism - Catch the wave. Capitalism - Can’t beat the real thing. Always Capitalism. Capitalism - If you don't know, you don't go. Capitalism - Life tastes good. Capitalism - Make It Real. Live on the Capitalist side of life. Capitalism - Love it light. Capitalism - Open happiness. Capitalism - Life begins here. Things go better with Capitalism. Capitalism - You can't beat the feeling. Capitalism - As it should be.
RETURN TO THE STUDIO
12 August 2014, Cervera de los Montes
Vacation is over and I'm enjoying again the heat of my studio. My to do list looks like this: Finish the Super Mario Working Poor painting, sketch the new super big painting (Kinder, Smurf or Angry Bird), continue the beer can piece, perfect Twist and Shout supermarket object, plan the Capitalistes sans frontiers show at Cyan Gallery (Barcelona) including sketches for the mural and new drawings, buy painting material for the series of black monochromes and decide its titles.
NO WORK NO ART
06 August 2014, Helsinki
Now back in Helsinki after 10 days at our summer cottage - it was my annual no internet and no work vacation. Actually, I took my family to Mänttä to see the new Serlachius Museum and my MuNA - Museum of No Art. The Museum director interrupted his vacation too and invited us for a lunch in the museum upscale eatery. I think my wife, mother and grandmother enjoyed the day. What surprised me was the enthusiasm of my offsprings. After visiting Serlachius Museums art institution Gösta, my four-year old son said that he wanted to move on immediately. The museum director asked where he wanted to go and we thought he was going to say beach, playground or ice-cream parlour but he replied "the other museum", referring to Gustaf, the historical museum of Serlachius. Yesterday, driving back to Helsinki, I asked what was the best thing in the country side - he replied "MuNA". This is the truth and nothing but the truth.