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Monday, December 23

Outside, where I belong

"Outside, where I belong" 
Oil painting, mixed media, soon to be printed for our first clothes collection.
Or a cross-dressed print.

 Merry Holidays!
We see us on 2014, with different , newer versions of ourselves.
 © Laia Riera Sanjaume , 2013

Friday, December 20

Longest night of the year... pre Joulu spirit!

 After a very inspiring workshop for and with Dear You project team at Oulunkylla international school,
the winter is finally arriving to Finland.
In order to welcome it, I had been diving into Nedko Solakov art pieces once again, and with a renewed love for them...
Soon, more prints to be paintings, or paintings in a cross-dressed mood that kept me busy these days.
Let's just enjoy the snow and the sketchbook.

Thursday, November 28

"Own it"

"Own it"
work in process…printing like breathing
© Laia Riera Sanjaume 2013

#art, #print, #identities

Tuesday, November 19

The fox, me & myself... in #DeCara @ Espai (B) collective

"The fox, me & myself"
Watercolor, Acrylic, Ink on Fabriano paper.
Currently at the collective exhibition De Cara at the Gallery Espai (b), among other of my originals.

 © Laia Riera Sanjaume 2013

Monday, November 11

"De Cara" a collective exhibition ...face to face!

In  Galeria Espai (B) , Barcelona,  from the 14th November to 7th December; 100 faces , 200 eyes staring at you.
In this collective you will be able to find some of my originals among others. 
Enjoy and thanks for passing by!

Friday, November 8

Talk to The Rain

Talk to the Rain
 Finland , 2013
mixed media on paper
© Laia Riera Sanjaume 2013

Sunday, October 20

Hand prints research...and new projects

"Hands & Mother"
Oil painting and inks on paper.
36 x 26 cm 

Prints research.

© Laia Riera Sanjaume 2013

Thursday, October 17

The cursed or the gifted ones

Series from "The cursed or the gifted ones", 2013 , Finland

Oil on canvas and watercolor with dissoluble on water oil painting on paper

36 x 26 cm 
© Laia Riera Sanjaume 2013

Wednesday, September 25

Learning from you II

"Learning from you"

My shelter place, my friends and Frida
Aquarelle, Oil dissoluble on water, mixed inks.
30 x 25 cm
© Laia Riera Sanjaume 2013

Learning from you

"Learning from you"

My shelter place, my friends and Frida
Aquarelle, Oil dissoluble on water, mixed inks.
30 x 25 cm
© Laia Riera Sanjaume

Tuesday, September 24

Ofrenda Ofelia : Collaboration work for Armuseli

"Ofrenda Ofelia" Aquarelle, Ink Pen, Oil on water. 
This is a new project commission for Itxaso, a friend whom we worked together in Madrid. Itxaso Torrontegui is a textile designer herself and a graphic artist, and has been producing beautiful textile patterns. 
Her latest project , Armuseli, will launch original printed scarves by different textile artists, online.
The print had to be  inspired in Winter flowers, Frida Kahlo figure; among others. Personally, I love Frida Kahlo art, and I had been truly inspired by the winterish forests from Finland.  The foliage color changes during the finnish winter are amazing. 
Actually, I did research a lot in the tradition in graphic printing and textile design in Finland. At the same time, the Baltic countries and Russia folk art provided the atmosphere. 

© Laia Riera Sanjaume 2013

Wednesday, September 11

In the woods I am different, my Fiskars babies

"In the woods I am different, my Fiskars babies"
Oil painting, aquarelle, pantone and mixed inks

© Laia Riera Sanjaume 2013

Aftermath of a very special day:

"El clar camí, el pregon idioma

un alfabet fosforescent de pedres,
un alfabet sempre amb la clau al pany,
el net destí, la sendera de llum,
sempre, a la nit, il·luminant, enterc,
un bell futur, una augusta contrada!"

M'aclame a tu. Estellés-Ovidi

Close -up

Friday, August 23

Mans, dones, treball


A while ago, a good old friend of mine, also named Laia, asked me to illustrate her new website project:  women entrepreneurs, sharing our thoughts, and ideas, "weaving" some sort of net.
This is the start up for the graphics print. The main point was to emphasize the idea of sharing, collaborating, cooperating, collective work.

 © Laia Riera Sanjaume 2013

Wednesday, August 14

Albicans or the brave ones

 13.08.13 Still
 Still raining.
Still thinking of one of the dearest friends of my father, who, unfortunately passed away on 6th of August. Núria Torra.
It hurts. I remember when I last visited her in the hospital.
She told me we would have a nice meal right after I would come back from Finland.
I am still in Helsinki, Finland, and it started raining few days ago just to remind me Núria died and we would never have a dinner, lunch, good interesting conversation together again.
It feels far, far away, now. But it was only two months ago when I last saw her.
It may sound irrelevant, but I want to say it: I started painting this new set of women on the very day Núria couldn't fight no more. At the time I still didn't know, though.
That's maybe why, as I advanced on the drawing of each creature face, even the colors had a different light.
However the grief, it turned out a very brave group of women, as Núria was all her life. 
I just hope I would have had the courage to tell her how much I admired her... earlier, when she could still listen to me.
Still, tonight this simple short post will be launched in the void. Maybe few of you would take the time to have a look on it and read it.
This is to celebrate life. Because once again, we are reminded of it in the most cruel way.
These women are looking after me, I hope, as I still do wish for them.

 Bear with me, thanks, I don't usually comment on my works.

© Laia Riera Sanjaume

Sunday, August 11

En memòria de la Núria Torra 06.08.2013

"Albicans or the brave ones"
Sneak peek of a new piece
Oil painting, Ink
© Laia Riera Sanjaume 2013

 A la memòria de la Núria Torra,  06.08.2013

 ( Work in Process of the painting) 

Monday, August 5

Corpus Luteum

"Corpus Luteum"
©Laia Riera Sanjaume 2013
Oil painting, water color, ink on Arches paper
70x 55 cm

Friday, July 12

Pikku Emäntä...

Pikku Emäntä, 2013
Close ups
Oil painting on Arches paper, 70 x 55 cm.
This painting belongs to the new series of works from my new life in Helsinki, Finland.
 Hope you enjoy it in my Tumblr page!
 Kiitos / Gràcies / Thanks!

© Laia Riera Sanjaume 2013

Col.lectiva d'Estiu a l ' ESPAI us ho perdeu!!

 Best luck for all, from Helsinki!
Some of my works will be in it too.

Thursday, June 6

Exili ( preparant la marxa)

 Per tu retorno ( Maria-Mercè Marçal)
I cantat per Marina Rossell , encara millor:


Per tu retorno d'un exili vell

com si tornés d'enlloc. I alhora et sé

terra natal, antiga claror meva,

i l'indret on la culpa es feia carn.

Retorno en tu, per tu, a l'espai cec

d'on vaig fugir sense poder oblidar;

desig sense remei, ferida arrel

arrapada, clavada cos endins.

Per tu retorno d'un exili vell,

refugi contra tu, des d'on trair

la primera abraçada i on triar,

des de l'enyor, l'escanyall d'unes mans.

Retorno en tu, per tu, al vell jutjat

sense horari ni nom, fosa en la pell

dels teus camins que em coneixen la pell,

closa en els ulls que ja gosen fitar
el teu esguard, com si tornés d'enlloc.
(Maria-Mercè Marçal)

Per tu retorno

El joc de l'Heura

El joc de l'Heura 

 Watercolor, ink and acrylic on Fabriano paper.
 Commission work for my dear friend Heura Marçal.
(...) Cossi, cubell, i picamatalassos,
esponja, pala de plegat escombraries,
gibrell i cendra, salfumant, capçanes.
Surt el guerrer vers el camp de batalla 
 (Sol de sal: 84-85)
(de "Cau de llunes ") Maria -Mercè Marçal

© Laia Riera Sanjaume

one of plants!...

Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723)
One of plants! …inspirational 


Illustration from “The extravagant shepherd”

Wednesday, June 5

More new ones...


Love? Be it man. Be it woman.
It must be a wave you want to glide in on,
give your body to it, give your laugh to it,
give, when the gravelly sand takes you,
your tears to the land. To love another is something
like prayer and can't be planned, you just fall
into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief. (...)"

 ANNE SEXTON , Admonitions To A Special Person

       see more here


Lost in the valley of fertility”, 2013 ( this is a close up)
 Oil painting and mixed inks
 36 x 50 cm
Series of new paintings coming soon.
I’ve got you under the skin
I’ve got you deep in the heart of me
So deep in my heart you’re really a part of me,
I’ve got you under my skin.
I’ve tried so not to give in …
 Cole Porter

Friday, January 18

Que ve el llop!

@ Laia Riera Sanjaume

This is a very work in process... Hoping to get more of it soon.
Good night!

Very thankful to Illustrati, who was kind enough to include this new work in its selection from March.
Grazie !!!