Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Digital Collage by Itkupilli

Passion makes the old medicine new:

Passion lops off the bough of weariness.

Passion is the elixir that renews:

how can there be weariness

when passion is present?

Oh, don't sigh heavily from fatigue:

seek passion, seek passion, seek passion!

Love Poem of Rumi

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

What on earth is Love?

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

I think I just had a post about love...or something like that...but anyway here are once more some quotes....I don't tell me...

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.

Bertrand Arthur William Russell : British philosopher, mathematician & social reformer
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

We are all born for love. . . . It is the principle of existence, and its only end.

Benjamin Disraeli : British statesman, prime minister & writer
Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.

Khalil Gibran :

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

Bertrand Arthur William Russell : British philosopher, mathematician & social reformer
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Doubt that the stars are fire Doubt that the sun doth shine Doubt that truth be a liar But never doubt that I love.

William Shakespeare : English poet, the greatest poet ever
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Source: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act 2, Scene 2

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Illustration Friday- Car

Digital Collage by Itkupilli Illustration Friday this weeks topic: Car

I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.

Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)
Source: Mythologies, "La nouvelle Citroen"

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Support for broken hearts

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

I want to thank you all wonderful friends once more and again and again. You’ve been so great support. I hope we all support each other. This blogosphere has been so refreshing counterbalance to my quite stressful and heavy situation at life. Your delightful, inspiring and sometimes funny comments have so curative power. This has been so essential therapy with smiles, laughter and sometimes tears....

Officious, innocent, sincere, Of every friendless name the friend.

Dr. Samuel Johnson : English poet, critic, lexicographer, creator of first English dictionary
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Making others happy, through kindness of speech and sincerity of right advice, is a sign of true greatness. To hurt another soul by sarcastic words, looks, or suggestions, is despicable. Sarcasm draws out the rebellious spirit and anger in the wrongdoer. Loving suggestions bring out the repentence in him. Repentence consists in thoroughly understanding one's own error and in abandoning it. Friendship is pure by nature. When you have a lilly in your hands, how can you crush it? When you love a person dearly, how can you hurt him, even though he may be wrong? Divine love is unlimited and infinite. When two or more persons are friends always, no matter what happens, that is an expression of divine love, of divine friendship.

Paramahansa Yogananda : India, scholar of Vedic religion, philosophy, created new translation of Bhagavad-Gita
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952)

In life you throw a ball. You hope it will reach a wall and bounce back so you can throw it again. You hope your friends will provide that wall.

Pablo Ruiz Picasso : Spanish painter & founder of cubism
Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Don't go back to sleep

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

One more Rumi’s poem:

For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself.

From within, I couldn’t decide what to do.

Unable to see, I heard my name being called.

Then I walked outside.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill

where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.

Don’t go back to sleep.

Version by Coleman Barks

Monday, May 21, 2007

The time has come...

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

the time has come
to break all my promises
tear apart all chains
and cast away all advice

disassemble the heavens
link by link
and break at once
all lovers' ties
with the sword of death

put cotton inside
both my ears
and close them to
all words of wisdom

crash the door and
enter the chamber
where all sweet
things are hidden

how long can i
beg and bargain
for the things of this world
while love is waiting

how long before
i can rise beyond
how i am and
what i am

from the poetry of Rumi

Ghazal 1591 Translated by Nader Khalili

Sunday, May 20, 2007

About me, myself and I

Digital Collages by Itkupilli

Ok, I’m not the preacher, not at all. I don’t like to declare my doctrines, just here a little bit among you my friends. Even my picture of the world has changed a lot in past two years, more it has changed my self and my personal life.

I love eating. I could say I go even to pedantry easily if there is a question of culinary pleasures. I could write a poem always I had excellent dish. Unfortunately I’m a very miserable cook. I have two children of my own and my daughter’s boy friend is living with us and I have also a foster son occasionally. We all love exotic and variable eating, but I must admit that too often our kitchen is based on an American fast food cuisine. What I desire is to eat simple and delicious food, with excellent and natural pure incredience.

And drinking, I have drunk too much, bottle of red wine was my sleeping pill, and a couple of beers made me very social and increased my self-confident. Too many beers made me an idiot. But I have cured those problems otherwise, so I prefer to drink just for pleasure of the wonderful taste. In past two years I have had just 2 glass of champagne, 2 glass of Italian red wine and two jar of beer…I don’t like to drink for sorrows.

Material enjoyments has lost their appeal to me. I was crazy about clothes and interior designing. I loved designers clothes, well I still do, but now I mostly buy my clothes from flea markets, and only if I really need something. I was dreaming of big house and fancy cars (I still love 70s European cars and old houses) but now I’ve realized that I don’t need them at all. Happiness doesn’t come by owning material things.

I had quite busy social life before, could say too busy. I loved my own voice. I was talking too much and I surely had my opinion of everything. Now I have had very lonely and silent life (read no life). This blogging thing fits perfectly to me. It gives a possibility to conversation. And I want to be sincerely and say only what I really mean. Could be that sometimes I’m quite childish with my honesty, but I don’t want to play cool anymore. I don’t want to build any picture of me. I just want to be who I am.

What I’m dreaming is a simple life, with simple pleasures. I just wanted to be artists and maybe have a little house and garden somewhere in warmer country. Finland is fine country to live, but living is very expensive, too much things to take care off. I could do my work in a cheaper place and still get my incomings from here. That would be clever. Or even better to live day by day, without any troubles. If I just could spend a whole day painting one rose…

My daughter is 15 so I have still some year’s responsibility to take care of her, but as she is already very independent I think I could live my dream one day….

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Illustration Friday- Signs

FuCk ThE wOrLD!

Hey hippies! Dreaming is not enough! If a prisoner dreams about escaping, is he free?

Anarchy against tyranny and despotism of fear and distrust!

Free your mind! Love and peace!

Friday, May 18, 2007

I'm a real dreamer

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

I don’t care about hit counters and I don’t count the amount of comments. I speak with real people. I desire communication with loving, caring real people. And I must tell you how much your delightful and loving comments gladden me. You give me faith to the kindness of mankind!

I don’t write about injustice, wickedness and disgusting defects. I don’t want to give my vote to devil (read fear). I don’t want to announce that devil (read fear) has succeeded in conquering this world. We can see what ever horror around us. But we have a choice.

I found this from Lady Luxies blog, and I quote it without her permission:

“Yesterday, I was reading a book (something about Quantum Physics) that explained how I should always be alive to everything that is going on around me. And that whatever is happening in my meat space reality is somehow caused by me....and that even a slight change in the way I think or the way I do something will affect not just my life but the whole matrix of the universe. Wow!”

Thank you science! You give us desperate dreamers hope!

I insist to believe in love, justice and kindness. I give my vote to God (read Love). What ever my eyes and ears tell me, I believe my heart instead.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…..

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Has anybody seen?

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

Has anybody seen my intelligence today? Where did I put it? I just turned my back, and it’s gone. Could you please help me to find it!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Mind Games

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

The battle of mind is not between good and evil. It’s between your intuitive consciousness and unconscious mind. Logical reasoning tries to get a triumph over the internal knowledge.

When your actions, speeches and thoughts are in harmony with inner truth; mind is peaceful. The confusion arises from contradiction. Yours or the others action awakes disagreeable unpleasant emotion, and your reasonable mind tries to analyze the situation. Instead of listening your intuition, there is taking place a continuous dialogue in your mind, which disturbs your inner voice.

This battle is between sincere and vanity. Between truth and lie. Between love and fear. Between God and devil. It is a battle between true you and your ego.

And once more, some great quotes:

“He who rules his spirit has won a greater victory than the taking of a city.”
Jesus Christ

When you realize the nature of mind, layers of confusion peel away. You don't actually "become" a buddha, you simply cease, slowly, to be deluded. And being a buddha is not being some omnipotent spiritual superman, but becoming at last a true human being. Sogyal Rinpoche : Tibetan Buddhist writer & meditation master

If you know that everything comes from the mind, don't become attached. Once attached,
you're unaware. But once you see your own nature, the entire Canon becomes so much prose. It's thousands of sutras and shastras only amount to a clear mind. Understanding comes in midsentence. What good are doctrines? The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They're not the Way. The Way is wordless. Words are illusions. . . . Don't cling to appearances, and you'll break through all barriers. . . .

Bodhidharma : Indian Zen Buddhist monk who brought Zen from India to China (c. 520 AD)
Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)
Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, p. 31

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Missing Madeleine!

I got this message from David Santos.

Missing Madeleine!
Madeleine, MeCann was abduted from Praia da Luz, Portugal on 03/03/07.

If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800555111 Please Help

Monday, May 14, 2007


Digital Collage by Itkupilli

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
Albert Einstein

Confusion is the welcome mat at the door of creativity.

Michael J. Gelb :

Distortion upon distortion: . . . the more one uses the mind, the more confused one becomes.

Lao Tzu : Chinese philosopher & mystic, founder of Taoism Lao Tzu

The ultimate metaphysical secret, if we dare state it so simply, is that there are no boundaries in the universe. Boundaries are illusions, products not of reality but of the way we map and edit reality. And while it is fine to map out the territory, it is fatal to confuse the two.

Ken Wilber : Pandit

I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.

Jack Kerouac : b. Jean-Louis Lebris De Kerouac  US author, influenced the �beat� generation Jack Kerouac

To know another human being in their essence, you don’t really need to know anything about them — their past, their history, their story. We confuse knowing about with a deeper knowing that is non-conceptual. Knowing about and knowing are totally different modalities. One is concerned with form, the other with the formless. One operates through thought, the other through stillness.

Knowing about is helpful for practical purposes. On that level, we cannot do without it. When it is the predominant modality in relationships, however, it becomes very limiting, even destructive. Thoughts and concepts create an artificial barrier, a separation between human beings. Your interactions are then not rooted in Being, but become mind-based. Without the conceptual barriers, love is naturally present in all human interactions.

Eckhart Tolle Source: Stillness Speaks

I wanted to put here Tangerine Dreams Zen Garden for Daniel, put I couldn't find, so here is Melrose instead....funny video...:)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Luova lauantai - Ihana - Delightful

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

Luova lauantai: Ihana

Hyvää Äitien päivää! Happy Mothers day!

Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.

Sophocles : Greek tragic playwright Sophocles

. . . human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.

Gabriel Garc�a M�rquez :

When God thought of mother, He must have laughed with satisfaction, and framed it quickly - so rich, so deep, so divine, so full of soul, power, and beauty, was the conception.

Henry Ward Beecher : American preacher, speaker & writer Henry Ward Beecher

Friday, May 11, 2007

Inspire me Thursday - Silence

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. The great Sufi poet Rumi wrote, ''Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being.

Dr. Deepak Chopra : MD, endocrinologist, Ayurvedic Medicine, chief of staff New England Memorial Hosp, author

Thursday, May 10, 2007

God is love!

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

God is love, pure absolute power. Power beyond measure! Nothing else, nothing less.

Am I insulting God, by claiming he’s just some mysterious unknown power? You think he wants me to believe he is something more, like angry father, who just looks somewhere else, when I need his helping hand. And if I don’t know his right name, he refuses to help me. He has all power, but he wants first me to suffer enough, and then he might help me, just might, If I make stupid things, he hurts his feelings. He wants me to worship him, abandon everything else. Is this more like God? Something easier to accept to be truth?

No thanks, this kind of God I don’t want to even consider to meet. And for what I could need God like that?

God is love. We all have this mighty power ready to use. And love with forgiveness, beautiful combination, gives us divine force called mercy. The most powerful force of the universe.

Love, forgive, have mercy!

OMG! How can I just love, when everyone else is so frightful bad? World is so spoiled place. I surely need some other forces to protect me, like fear, anger, doubt… I don’t’ dare to put my life to the hands of God!

Just trust in love? A dangerous thought? Have you ever tried? So how can you tell? Don’t blame God if you’re the coward!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

This can't be true!

Digital Collage by Itkupilli My lovely daughter Siiri has borrowed her face to this little fairy.

Some of us have been in situation, when you say from the bottom of your heart: This can't be true! Has God turn his back to me. Is there any justness in this world.
This is so unfair! This just can't be true!!!!

So could it be, that it is not true, somehow your inner truth is calling you. Wake up! Listen to your heart, not your eyes. What you see, doesn't have to be true, if your heart tells you otherwise.

So do I have to start believe in angels, fairies, flying sauces....Jesus, Buddha, God? If you like, but they are just symbols, something created to explain this inner voice, which is talking to you.

Since some of us has already succeeded in discover this mysterious truth, here are some famous quotes to think about:

“The kingdom of God is within you."


“There's no reality except the one contained within us. That's why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.

Hermann Hesse

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Carl Jung

Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

I wonder

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

Albert Einstein

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.


Monday, May 07, 2007

La Luna

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

...from somewhere far....back to Finland...

Sunday, May 06, 2007


Digital Collages by Itkupilli

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Who remembers?

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

I dig archives files, this one I found, one of my first totally digitally made. Before I used more mixed media to make collages.. And even before that I draw...I haven't drawn for long times...

Then I dig even deeper... Who remembers the 70s? I do.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Thursday, May 03, 2007

You know quite well....

Digital Collage by Itkupilli

You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, single power, a single salvation... and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing el”
Carl Jung

Inside the heart of each and every one of us there is a longing to be understood by someone who really cares. When a person is understood, he or she can put up with almost anything in the world.
~ by Rev Ed Hird ~

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

An angel

Digital collage by Itkupilli

Now I pretend to be an innocent angel here....'coz at previous post I was a real bitch. I took the honor to myself, although I was a minor factor for that collage, not to mention that I cut let this image present my humbleness. :)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Digital Collage Lower part by Itkupilli Upper part by Piktor and a little bit mixed at the middle