Happy 100th Birthday Finland!

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olavi_eronen_2007We are celebrating our great loving home country’s 100th independence birthday today! On this occasion I want to share my personal enormous thank you to all the Finnish war veterans and women of Lotta Svärd who saved us and kept our independence in World War ][.

I will specially send my gratitude and loving thanks to my dear grandfather and veteran Tarmo Kaarlo Olavi Eronen (1922–2017) who passed away this Fall, and to my dear late grandmother Tellervo Eronen. I miss you and dedicate this day to You. The oil painting to the right is from 2007. I painted it as a gift to my grandpa for his 85th birthday.

In honoring and celebrating this special day, here is my classical symphony Anima Dea featuring our national instrument kantele in a special way.

  • Avalkis: Anima Dea – Soulweaver Symphony (2013) [download or play the mp3, if the player above doesn’t show up] (3:31)

Whooper swan is our national bird and it is one of my great sources of inspiration. In the above national-romantic work (that is originally a fine art etching-aquatint, 2008) the bird also has a wing of kantele.

Here, here Finland for another 100 years – and a thousand more! kieli_suomi

Soulweaver Sci-Fi Film at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki – August 2017!

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After 8 years, Soulweaver: Requiem for Earth (2009–17) the film is now finally finished!

World premiere will be at this planet’s greatest Sci-Fi convention Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland, Messukeskus – Thursday, August 10th 2017 at 5:15 PM. Warmly welcome!

Also a multi-art exhibition will be held at at Worldcon 75 on every day in the Exhbitions Hall; August 9th–13th 2017.

See you there, and stay tuned with this blog and:

“Animals of the future awaken in a memory of tomorrow”
Soulweaver (Sielunkehrääjä) is a poetic Finnish post-apocalyptic science fiction film of epic proportions. It is set in future Finland following the years 2839 – 3153. Cities of Earth are in ruins. Man is no more. New species have evolved. These are the last days of once flourishing blue Earth when an alien vessel arrives in the proximity of Earth…
Genres: Sci-Fi/fantasy/mystery/nature/drama.

Here is the Final 2017 Trailer, Style A (2:47):


kieli_suomi Suomeksi:

Tulevaisuuden eläimet ja uudet olennot elävät Maan uudessa todellisuudessa. Kaupunkien rauniot toimivat nyt eläinten elinpaikkoina ja muistona menneestä, kun ihmistä ei enää ole. Tapahtumat alkavat kun vieras esine saapuu Maan läheisyyteen vuonna 2839. Yllä elokuvan Trailer A 2017.

8 vuotta tekeillä ollut post-apokalyptinen tieteiselokuva Sielunkehrääjä (2009–17) on viimein valmistunut! Elokuvan ensi-ilta on maailman suurimassa Sci-Fi-tapahtumassa Worldcon 75:ssä Helsingin Messukeskuksessa 10. elokuuta 2017 klo 17:15. Lämpimästi tervetuloa!

Elokuvan taidenäyttely pidetään myös Worldconissa joka päivä näyttelysalissa 9.–13. elokuuta 2017.

Nähdään siellä – seuraa uutisia täällä blogissa ja:

Elokuva on tehty nollabudjetilla. Se on rakkauden ja omistautumisen kunnianosoitus luonnolle, eläimille, elämän monimuotoisuudelle, kasveille, taiteelle, universumille ja tieteisfiktiolle. Tämän elokuvan lajityypit lukeutuvat scifistä fantasiaan, kauhusta runolliseen draamaan ja luontoelokuvaan. Sitä voisi myös luonnehtia uudeksi genreksi, luonto-scifiksi.

Etching: Kantele Swan (2008-09)

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An etching aquatint: Kantele Swan | Kantelejoutsen | Aurinkojoutsen (2008-09). 14×11 cm. Below is the pencil sketch.

I made this as a Finnish national-romantic theme with our national bird Whooper Swan (“laulujoutsen”) having our national instrument, kantele, as a wing. There is also a stamp with this motif I designed for a competition.

Character: Sprite of Spring (2002-11)

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Sprite of Spring or the Springbringer or Calÿaja (in my fictional language) is one of my most important beings and characters. It represents life and rebirth in the world of Springbringer. It fell from space as a seed and landed on a pond of swans one ancient evening “3000 suns ago” and began to sprout.

I saw the Sprite in my dream on December 2002 (the comic book image where the sprite and the swan meet). I woke up and drew it so I could remember it.

Here are various manifestations of this fragile beautiful flower-like being of light:

  • an etching aquatint: A Garden of Stars (2009), 11×25 cm
  • a digital work made from a water color painting (2009), used as a poster for the Springbringer film
  • a color pencil drawing (2011), 10×15 cm
  • a clay statue (2007), 21x17x15 cm
  • comic book pages where the Sprite meets Qwaidun the swan (2002-09)

Monotype: Encounter (2007)

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Monotyping on a canvas, 52×55 cm. Skeleton of a swan meets a flying burning swan. Perhaps the flying swan sees its own mortality and falls inevitably in the tender blue embracing of the world.

Etching: A Stream of Mirages (2006)

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Etching 24×12 cm (Kangastusten virta in Finnish). Only 6 made with varying colors (some are black and white). This scene is from an upcoming Narcosis the Cat Meets the Flapsticks comic book story Flapsticks in the Land of the Pyramids. It tells about the legend of a Horse of the Troika three giant horses worshipped by the people of Ee-Gypt.

In this artwork the birds from top center gradually transform into mountains and finally as flying dragons. The labyrinth on top right symbolizes the sun. “Corner sun” is my favorite motif in naive works; here for a change it is presented in a more “adult” and abstract form.

Labyrinths and dungeons are one of my favorite themes  both in real life. We like to find caves and tunnels and wander in them with my friend Kriku who also does f.ex. psychedelic art.

Graphic Art: Swan Mirror (2008)

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The final A4 illustration and original 2008 pencil sketch, which was finally to be an etching aquatint graphic work (2009). It is 21×31 cm and there are only about 10 prints with slightly different tones.

This scene depicts a story set in the Springbringer fantasy world created by Avalkis.

The layout construction was inspired by the legendary Ultima II: Revenge of the Enchantress (1982) role-playing game box’s panoramic artwork (the game was released by Sierra On-Line Inc. / SierraVenture).

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Another graphic print of Swan Mirror (Proof Series ][) on a more reddish tone than the one above which is more yellow.

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Above is a deleted scene from the post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi film Soulweaver: Requiem for Earth (2017).

Lithograph: A Land of Shadows (2009)

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Pencil sketch 21x29cm, Varjojen maa in Finnish. Final sketch above right and below the lithograph proof. The original drawing has a psychedelic concept of a giant swan creature with legs and huge sharp nails. The final fantasy scene has a curious flower-like deer-faced giant meeting a black swan on a dried-out sea bottom.

This is part of the Springbringer fantasy world.

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