Introduction:

"This blog is not necessarily for lovers of art, it includes a variety of topics and whatever. I'm a painter who likes to know what's really going on in the world today. So you might find anything from Shamrocks to Salmiakki mentioned here on my blog. There will of course be some boring, factual and informational posts, but I'll keep them to a minimum, I promise!

And I might get a bit nostalgic now and then.

So you have been warned!"


- Alan Hogan



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Monday, December 18, 2017

My Finland 100 : 71- 80







Finland became an independent state on 6 December 1917. Already there have been numerous events staged throughout the country to celebrate this centenary year. The theme of the centenary year is ‘Together’. 


As I have been a resident of Finland for the past ten years I wanted to do a little something. For this I decided to post 100 images to my Instagram account on social media with the hashtag #finland100_igchallenge .




Anyone familiar with the Instagram application will be aware of the vast amount of wonderful photography posted every day online. There are so many amazing images to be found featuring Finland's stunning nature and landscapes. I imagine my photography may be lack lustre in comparison and as a result may not be noticed. So I decided to simply look closer in and around my new home for another approach. I have posted a variety of images found around my own house and neighbourhood. I didn't know much about Finland before I moved here, so I view this as an opportunity to show others a few things I discovered about or associated with Finland and it's culture. I have included everyday items, nostalgic items, locations, food and also some Finnish-themed artworks which I painted myself while living here. In other words, a bit of everything!!




The images are in no particular order of importance or preference, so I'll continue with 71-80...






71/100
..Vikings is back and King Harald Finehair is probably having a drink tonight! ...a selection of the Finnish actor Peter Franzen's movies. #peterfranzen


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72/100
...remembering my first day in Finland and the surprise 'snow baptism' I received. A rite of passage for any new arrivals here in wintertime! πŸ˜„❄
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73/100
(Posted on 6th December 2017) 
Happy 100th Independence Day Finland! ...Onnea Suomi 100!!! ...Grattis pΓ₯ 100-Γ₯rsdagen Finland!


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Here's a short clip from the Independence Day celebrations in Helsinki.







74/100
...perfect weather for a little Independence Day walk in Finland today. Finnish nature can never have enough instagrams!! 🌲🌲🌿❄❄ (click arrow in photo for more)

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75/100
..the Orange Cow made a playlist of tunes from Finland on Soundcloud.


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You can listen to this playlist here!






76/100
...Life's a birch sometimes! πŸŒ²πŸ˜„ 'Connections' (acrylic on board)


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77/100
#flashbackfriday  ..that proud moment when you cut down your first Christmas tree in the land of Santa Claus and he's not around to see it! πŸŽ…πŸŽ„

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78/100
..60's pop hits! ..because old Engelbert Humperdinck songs sound so much better in Finnish! πŸ˜€

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79/100
..finnish sausages or makkara are normally eaten during barbeque season, but they also taste great out of the oven in the winter.

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80/100
.. a nice place to visit in the summer. 'Γ…land Landscape' (acrylic-on-canvas)

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More of my Finland 100 coming soon.

See available posts:

My Finland 100 :   1- 10

My Finland 100 : 11- 20

My Finland 100 : 21- 30

My Finland 100 : 31- 40

My Finland 100 : 41- 50

My Finland 100 : 51- 60


















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Sunday, December 10, 2017

My Finland 100 : 31- 40







Finland became an independent state on 6 December 1917. Already there have been numerous events staged throughout the country to celebrate this centenary year. The theme of the centenary year is ‘Together’. 


As I have been a resident of Finland for the past ten years I wanted to do a little something. For this I decided to post 100 images to my Instagram account on social media with the hashtag #finland100_igchallenge .

Anyone familiar with the Instagram application will be aware of the vast amount of wonderful photography posted every day online. There are so many amazing images to be found featuring Finland's stunning nature and landscapes. I imagine my photography may be lack lustre in comparison and as a result may not be noticed. So I decided to simply look closer in and around my new home for another approach. I have posted a variety of images found around my own house and neighbourhood. I didn't know much about Finland before I moved here, so I view this as an opportunity to show others a few things I discovered about or associated with Finland and it's culture. I have included everyday items, nostalgic items, locations, food and also some Finnish-themed artworks which I painted myself while living here. In other words, a bit of everything!!

The images are in no particular order of importance or preference, so I'll continue with 31-40...




31/100

...old Finnish currency!
This is 20 Finnish Markkaa featuring Finnish author VΓ€inΓΆ Linna, best known for his novel 'The Unknown Soldier'.

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32/100
...Typing Thursday!! ...some Finnish retro...the complete typing course on vinyl!! πŸ‘
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33/100
... I got to see some of Akseli Gallen-Kallela's work at the Kalevala art exhibition in Helsinki a few years ago. Definately my favourite Finnish artist and this book has a nice selection of his paintings. Click the right side of this photo to see more images.
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34/100
.. Finland has the highest amount of metal bands in the world per capita, and Children of Bodom from Espoo are one of their best. I'm no connisseur of the genre but I do like this album! (plus it came with a free tattoo!! πŸ˜€πŸ‘Œ

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35/100
...Sibelius Sunday! ...listening to Finland's greatest composer.

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36/100
Finnish rye bread!! πŸ‘ ...I wasn't too fond of this when I first arrived in Finland, but now I love it! ...plus it's healthy!! ✅
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37/100
..a common find in Finnish homes is the Savoy Vase, designed in 1936 by Alvar Aalto and made by Iittala. ...all i need now are some sweets to fill it! πŸ¬πŸ¬πŸ˜€
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38/100
..definately my favourite Finnish sweets, Marianne are made by Fazer of Finland!!! If you like chocolate in a peppermint shell then these are for you!!! 🍬🍬🍬
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39/100
..Hard Rock Halloween!! πŸŽƒ .. Eurovision got it's big porcelain teeth knocked out by Mr.Lordi from Finland! πŸ˜„πŸ‘Œ

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40/100
..someone once told me the name of these neat little retro door-fittings but i forget now. Press the button and open sesame!
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More of my Finland 100 coming soon.

See available posts:

My Finland 100 :   1- 10

My Finland 100 : 11- 20

My Finland 100 : 21- 30

My Finland 100 : 31- 40

My Finland 100 : 41- 50

My Finland 100 : 51- 60







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Thursday, December 7, 2017

My Finland 100 : 11-20







Finland became an independent state on 6 December 1917. Already there have been numerous events staged throughout the country to celebrate this centenary year. The theme of the centenary year is ‘Together’. 


As I have been a resident of Finland for the past ten years I wanted to do a little something. For this I decided to post 100 images to my Instagram account on social media with the hashtag #finland100_igchallenge .

Anyone familiar with the Instagram application will be aware of the vast amount of wonderful photography posted every day online. There are so many amazing images to be found featuring Finland's stunning nature and landscapes. I imagine my photography may be lack lustre in comparison and as a result may not be noticed. So I decided to simply look closer in and around my new home for another approach. I have posted a variety of images found around my own house and neighbourhood. I didn't know much about Finland before I moved here, so I view this as an opportunity to show others a few things I discovered about or associated with Finland and it's culture. I have included everyday items, nostalgic items, locations, food and also some Finnish-themed artworks which I painted myself while living here. In other words, a bit of everything!!

The images are in no particular order of importance or preference, so I'll continue with 11-20...


11/100
Moomin troll is off on a trip today!

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12/100
So up goes the big midsummer pole in Bromarf and midsummer (Juhannus/Midsommar) celebrations can begin. 

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13/100
Midnight photoshot, well 12.15am to be precise. 'Could be a bit warmer though, had to wear long trousers tonight!

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14/100
Tap of the morning!


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15/100
...old Nokia - original footwear! πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘Ÿ (click right side of photo for more images)


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16/100
Old window in Finland.

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17/100
'Turku Cathedral'


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18/100

'Taking a break' (acrylic-on-canvas)

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19/100
Yum! 😘🍯 ...'not the runny kind of honey you find back in Ireland, this finnish honey is solid and tastes great in a hot coffee!!

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20/100
'Raseborg Castle' (Raaseporinlinna, Raseborgs Slott)


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More of my Finland 100 coming soon.

See available posts:

My Finland 100 :   1- 10

My Finland 100 : 11- 20

My Finland 100 : 21- 30

My Finland 100 : 31- 40

My Finland 100 : 41- 50

My Finland 100 : 51- 60






More of my Finland 100 coming soon, but for now I want to share this video I found online which asks the question "What do Finns think about the Finland 100 Years of Independence?" 








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