|On the frozen lake © Pirko Mäkelä-Haapalinna|
Bio: Pirko Mäkelä-Haapalinna was born in Finnish Lapland in 1960. She trained as a ceramist in the Arts and Crafts School in Rovaniemi and studied fine art at the Faculty of Art and Design in the University of Lapland. Since 2000 she has been painting mainly with pastels. She’s had several solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, and her paintings have received awards. She was a winner of the 2012 Art Times Award, Open Juried Exhibition, The Pastel Society of America, and 3rd prize in the abstract/non objective category of the 17th Pastel 100.
She is a member of the board of the Artists’ Association of Lapland and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
Subject: Figures, Landscape.
Style: Pirko states: The starting point of my works lies in realism, but I am heading towards simplified abstraction and installations.
Technique: Pastel over ink underpainting. To quote the artist: My working process is a combination of the planned one and an intuitive coincidence. ”Chance favors prepared mind.” My aspiration is to give my work a possibility to guide the composing process. I mainly work with pastel. I am deeply enchanted with the intensity of the colors of pastel chalks. I am fascinated by different surfaces varying from pastel boards up to old gray staves of boats, as well as by the immediate contact with the surfaces I am working with.
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Gallery: just Gallery.There is much to ponder in this artist’s work. Image View: Thumbnails open in a slideshow on the same page and may not be copied. This is Pirka talking about On the Frozen Lake: This is the view in winter from my studio window. I started with an under painting of inks, even metallic copper, and worked with a wooden stick to give texture as an impression of the traces I saw on the ice. I worked with the flat edges of Sennelier and Terry Ludwig pastels, putting very gentle layers of pastel on top of the ink.
Blog: There is a guest blog on Gail Sibley’s pastelblog