Forest paintings (59 degrees north)

Paintings inspired by the forest walks.

Boreal forest (palumets) or between us, The Pretty Forest, it’s the type that is covered with moss and high thin pine trees for example spring out of the ground in even spaces. You can find blueberries and cranberries and mushrooms there and walk around with dry feet, it’s full of light and room and smells really good. The word ‘palumets’ that is used to describe this type of forest comes from the word cranberry (‘palukas’) which grow in there in heaps.

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I will link some Estonian forest photos I found on the internet, sources are linked in the descriptions.

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Source: Looduse aasta foto 2010, Nõiduslik männimets. Foto: Kunter Tätte.

Painting progress of birch trees

Painting progress of birch trees, starting with what I saw and then realizing there are more colors hidden in what first seems like a green and white scenery!

Having fun with ink painting.

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Paintings: Polar bears enjoying the flowers

The summer of 2017 was special in Estonia, the sun got stock in all of the yellow flowers that were present and there wasn’t any sunrays left to warm the weather. The brown bears were busy trying to keep their paws warm, so polar bears popped up instead of them like fluffy clouds and used the chance to enjoy the blossoming fields.

(aka Summer was cold and flower-filled this year)


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We Can’t Stop Here, This is Bear Country

Road trip summer is coming to an end, we’ve been circling the nature sites in South and East Estonia and my theory is that what put us on the move is this unusually cold summer, until the end of july we didn’t see a day over +16C.

It sounds bad but it also means that the nature is behind one month, which also means that everything is fully blossoming, colorful and green a month later than usual. Not a great summer for leisure but a great one for looking around and browsing the picture perfect sites in nature. I’ve never seen such perfect greenery this late in the summer or the forest full of blueberries , bright yellow Gantharellus cibarius mushrooms and strawberries and the flower fields so full of blossoms.

These small road trips have had a huge influence on my painting work this summer, I noticed there have been a ton of bears and green trees on my painting desk.

Even when we were sitting at the beach in East, lake Peipus, ended up sketching bears. I added two pictures I will add the others later. As most of the time, paintings are available at


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Peipsi tint. Taking my own ink to the ocean. But it’s a lake instead.

Peipsi tint (Osmerus eperlanus morfa spirinchus) is a fish that lives very happily in the great lake of Peipsi, in the East part of Estonia. My word, I get it, Peipsi has the best beaches, especially in the northern side. Best meaning here that it’s very slowly getting deeper, there are hardly any people there and it’s so clean. Not sure if someone cleans it or it just stays like this, but never seen even a cigarette butt out there. Maybe the Peipsi tint eats it.

Oh and now I’ve missed out on a perfectly good pun too, because Peipsi is the lake,  “tint” also means “ink” in Estonian and I was out there at the Peipsi shore painting with inks.
Moment of silence for the pun.

But here we go, off to the next topic and that is house cafes. We had a coffee and a cake at the cutest one in Kallaste. If you happen to go see the sandstone cliff (you know that awkward moment when there’s that time when you have to call a 4 meter sandstone exposure a cliff to get a feeling you went and saw something) at Kallaste town, you can find the Anna cafe and hostel near the crossroad and it’s like a Russian theme house that is an experience (notice: Estonia is not Russia. Russia is different. But there are a lot of Estonian Russians living near the Peipsi lakes Estonian side and it’s a part of the areas culture and it’s interesting).


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Anna cafe and hostel at Kallaste

Midnigh in June – Alatskivi and Kallaste in Estonia

At midnight, as we were already out and were eating our fast food, we decided to look around a bit in the Eastern side of Estonia.

All of these photos are taken between 00:30 and 1:30am.

Alatskivi castle/manor has been very well taken care of these recent years and it is surrounded by a beautiful landscape and parks. A bit eery to walk around in the middle of the night, especially when they decided to shut all the lights out when we went on our circle walk. But the whole area has definitely changed to better each year, I’d recommend taking a repeat visit sometime 🙂 Wait for the sunrise and go sit by the lake!


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Alatskivi castle park, Estonia


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Kallaste is a lakeshore town on the Estonian side of the huge Peipsi lake that separates Russia and Estonia. So if you squint your eyes and imagine stuff that isn’t really there, you can definitely spot Russia on the other side of the lake.

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1am, Kallaste , Peipsi lake


There was this lonely boar hitting the small waves on the shore, thank you for that ghostly soundtrack. The photo is taken with long exposure, the photo below is better for showing what human eye could see.

And yes, I was impressed that the pink sky never went away during the entire night. And yes, I knew it doesn’t do that in June. I guess when you live inside a forest or in a town, you forget some cool stuff, for example the time where the sunset meets the sunrise.

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1 am, Kallaste lakeshore, Peipsi lake, Estonia.


Painting at Kauksi beach in Ida-Virumaa, Estonia

I’ve never seen such cute waves at Kauksi, without wind! And imagine that, on august 6th, you have the beginning of a +30C heat wave. Must remember to save some tanning lotion for August also!

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My friend tanning:

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The best wave:

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The ants were busy and very friendly:

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On our way back home we stopped at Ninasi in Ida-Virumaa, where was an abandoned postal office.

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A lookouraound platworm tower, as if I knew the correct term, behind the Ninasi bus stop. It’s closed, but you know, wouldn’t it be nice to climb this rusty net, right to the top.

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And then this cute fish staiway next to Kose watermill:

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And there is home and huge amount of ice cream!