The early summer, when green emerges and all is full of chrolophyll-green leaves, grass and seedlings! The short period of bright and vibrant light green, before everything settles to it’s customary dark green. A colour that, claimed the Finnish national painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela, dominated the Finnish landscape during the summer so much, he wanted to escape it to somewhere else there’d be also other colours to paint.
Unlike him, I love this time of the year, spring turning into summer. I got the inspiration to this painting on a cloudy early June day, when absence of direct sunlight seemed to enhance the green colours in nature to almost neon-like levels.
“Early summer “. Oilpastels on paper 45 x 45 cm, 2022.