Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Playful Art from Helsinki, Finland

"Market Square in Helsinki"
Watercolor and ink sketch

This playful sketch attempts to capture the busy and colorful Market Square at the port in Helsinki. The daily market features tourist trinkets, fresh local produce, and food stands with ethnic dishes to tempt the hoards of tourists that exit the cruise ships and ferries from Estonia and Sweden. Ferries and tour boats head out to the islands dotting the port. The Esplanade pedestrian area begins here and we were treated to a free jazz concert there yesterday. We are staying on a major summer special at the Scandi Grand Marina Hotel.

Using a simple 6.80 Euro day pass on local transit, we visited the World Heritage site of Suomenlinna Fortess via city ferry. We also took Tram 3T with an accompanying printed tour guide to view the major sites around the city. Of course, you can pay much more and be officially escorted, but we are seasoned "Europe through the Back Door " tourists who have traveled for years using Rick Steves' philosophy espoused in his books and PBS programs.

Our tour is coming to an end. We leave shortly for the airport and fly Finn Air on our American Airline miles to NYC. Tomorrow we will arrive home where we will savor our many memories of the Scandinavian and Nordic countries we have visited and the people who have shown us much kindness.


AutumnLeaves said...

What a perfect job on keeping the figures in proportion! This truly is a colorful and fun piece and I can feel the excitement of the arriving tourists!

Barbra Joan said...

An excellent capture of the sights, sounds and I'm sure smells. You will look back on these little treasures and remember everything. Hoping you have a safe trip back to the states.
Barbra Joan

Anonymous said...

I love this one too Mary! It is playful and colorful and wonderful. Have a safe trip home.

Anonymous said...

Festive painting.. and festive trip Mary! Thanks for sharing your impressions.

hwfarber said...

This is a delightful sketch. I think it shows the joy you found in traveling. I imagine you skipping through this market--tasting everything.

I enjoyed your travels.

Mary Paquet said...

Ahh, friends. It was a great trip. I hope to get life under control here at home and then back to art!