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Scandinavia with its lush green pastures, picturesque mountains, rich blue lakes and European architecture is bound to inspire the creativity of any artist. SIPOWORK

As artist Sipo Liimatainen says, “Inspiration may come unexpectedly out of virtually anywhere.”

Liimatainen was born in Helsinki, Finland, one of three countries which comprise the Scandinavian Peninsula. Sweden and Norway are the remaining countries considered part of Scandinavia.

Even though he spent his childhood in the downtown area of Helsinki, Liimatainen now lives in the natural beauty of the countryside.

“I love nature and the way in which the colors vibrate to me,” Liimatainen says. “That’s why nature’s colors frequently play a role in all my creations.”

Liimatainen began his artistic career in the early 1980s by doing custom work on automobiles, portraits, walls and other surfaces. His first official pieces was a jungle-themed mural for a fashion shop.

“I started to work when the store closed,” Liimatainen says. The wall was 15 feet wide by 4 feet high.” When the store opened the next morning, Liimatainen had completed the work.

Liimatainen appreciates artists whose work differs from the mainstream such as Dali, Picasso, Monet and others. Indeed, Liimatainen’s own work can be considered non-traditional. Colorful, bright, eye-catching abstracts dominate his digital art and his passion for art shines through.

Passion is an integral part of creating art. “Ambience of working and a passion for that,” says Liimatainen. “And fearlessness to express familiar things by fresh and creative ways is crucial.”

Raised by a single mother, Liimatainen learned to use his imagination at a young age. “Daydreaming and imagination, as well as taking responsibility, are still strong in me,” he says.

Transitioning from traditional painting to computer art came naturally to Liimatainen. As the decade of the nineties came to a close, he sought new forms of expression. Through digital creations he “found my very own method of working.” He creates works using fractal, 3D and painting softwares side by side, putting each piece together like a puzzle.

Liimatainen has good advice for beginning artists: “Be open-minded to those who can help you. Don’t attempt to conquer the whole world by doing this and that. Think twice about who you are and who you want to become. Align all your efforts in that direction and hold steady, even when your faith is shaken and it seems that your work won’t lead anywhere. Remember that overnight success usually means ten to fifteen years of hard work.”

That advice is actually good for everyone.

Visit Liimatainen’s website, follow him on Twitter @SipoArt or visit his page at Fine Art America.

Pen has self-published 20 titles in print and e-book formats. Her latest endeavor, Nero’s Fiddle, is a fictitious account of an EMP attack on the United States with women heroes. Visit Nero’s Fiddle website at http://bit.ly/1yYsNH2 follow her on Twitter @penspen or visit her website at www.penspen.info 


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Inspiration is where you find it. It can be in a leaf, a star, a grain of sand. Look under the bed, look in the closets, look in the cupboard. Watch a favorite movie, watch your cats, watch the neighbors. Read a good book, have a conversation with a character.

Inspiration for the biggest ideas can be hidden in the smallest packages.

— Pen

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My most fondest wish


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By Pen

Pat Benatar was one of the biggest rock’n’roll icons of my youth. You couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing a Pat Benatar tune rocking out the speakers. Couldn’t resist turning up the volume, either.

Her music has staying power, especially with those of us who grew up listening to it. The lyrics and the music are appropriate for any time period, any age group.

I suppose that is why the music of Pat Benatar served well as background music for writing the “Sword of Tilk” Trilogy.

I can’t speak for any writer other than myself. For me the writing process engages every one of my senses. When I am working on a novel I must have the proper lighting for my eyes. Within reach must be the proper drink: ice water, coffee, tea, or Jolly Rancher Singles-to-go, green apple if you please (believe it or not, this writer does not require alcohol, mostly because of the diabetic thing).

Of course, my fingers must be on the proper keys on the keyboard. Or, if I am editing the hard copy, the paper, a notebook, two red pens, a highlighter and a black pen pervade my sense of touch.

As for smell, the windows are open (if it’s warm) to allow in fresh air. If it’s cold outside, I usually burn some incense (Indian Spirit incense, Gold scent).

For my sense of hearing there is usually music in the background. Most of the time it is a mix: I even throw in some classical music because it tends to be less distracting.

But for the “Sword of Tilk” Trilogy, it was all Pat Benatar.

When writing a novel, I visualize each scene as an actual scene from a movie, complete with background music. With some novels, certain pieces of music run through my head again and again.

So it was with “Tilk.” Almost every major scene was punctuated by Pat Benatar music.

For Book One: Worlds Apart it was “Invincible.”  Probably because it was a song of rebellion. It was used as a theme song from the 1985 movie “The Legend of Billie Jean” a movie I never got the opportunity to see. From what I understand the movie was also about the rebellion of a teenage girl making the song an appropriate accompaniment.

It is a very strong song and one I feel is appropriate for any situation in which a protagonist finds herself or himself facing a challenge, standing against the odds. Heck, it’s appropriate for the world today at large as far as I am concerned.

Each time my character, Barbara, had to face a challenge that song wound through my head as I wrote the rough draft, as I edited and proofread. Even now, if I go back and read the prologue I hear “Invincible” winding through my head as I visualize Barbara riding Galindore along the empty road with the thunderstorm gathering behind her.

For Book Two: Strange Land “All Fired Up” and “Le Bel Age” carried me through the writing.  For some reason I don’t understand “Le Bel Age” which means “the good age” makes me
think of medieval times when men fought with swords and wore armor. (Yeah, I told you I didn’t understand it). “All Fired Up” is just one of those songs that make me feel hopeful even when things are going terribly wrong: “Now I believe there comes a time/when everything just falls in line/we live and learn from our mistakes/the deepest cuts are healed by faith” just makes me want to cry with the absolute joy of believing those words.

The last installment of the trilogy intrigues me the most. For reasons which, again, I do not understand, “Little Too Late” kept popping into my head for the writing of the third book. It is a song about a guy who cheats on his girl which has absolutely nothing to do with Book Three: At Sword’s End.  But maybe because the beat of the song has such a celebratory attitude despite its obvious meaning it was appropriate for winding up the trilogy.

In my mind’s eye where each of these books lives, I can visualize all the characters at the end of each book/movie. As the credits roll, I can see Pat Benatar and her band performing each song appropriate for the book even though none of them know where they are.  I can see the characters dancing to the tune – heroes and villains alike.

That, of course, is what is in my head. Scary though it might be.

Music is a very powerful force. It is motivating and inspirational. Music can make or break a movie.

 Or a trilogy.


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I don’t know that there’s a whole lot in life, period, that I can say that I can’t do. Just things that I haven’t done yet.

— Richie Parker


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I don’t know that there’s a whole lot in life, period, that I can say that I can’t do. Just things that I haven’t done yet
— Richie Parker

This is an extraordinary person. Richie Parker is very inspirational. His determination is an example to us all. There are no limitations to what a person can accomplish. If this young man can not only drive a car but design them as well, anyone is capable of accomplishing anything! The next time you find yourself feeling sorry for yourself, watch this video and be grateful for what you have.


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