Wild mushrooms are my paint, Finnish forest my art studio, and the underwater world my inspiration.


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As a former diving instructor, I used to escape Finland’s chilly winters to the vibrant coral reefs. This autumn I started spending more time in the nearby forest, and suddenly the strange forms and colors of the moss, rotting tree trunks, critters and mushrooms brought me back to the reefs. I started learning their names, and the forest began to feel like home. I get excited about all those wonderfully colorful, toxic mushrooms I previously ignored.

The more time I spent in the forest, the more beauty I saw around me. Before long, mushrooms became my paint, and the forest my art studio.

A very unforgiving studio, as a matter of fact. I often spend five or six hours looking for mushrooms for just one creation.

If I realize one day later that I would like to rearrange something in my creation, it’s already too late. The gills of the mushrooms have withered and lost those vibrant colors. Mister and Madame Snails have munched holes into the caps, and trees have covered my creations with falling leaves.

I can’t plan any of my mushroom art in advance, either, because I never know what kind of mushrooms I end up finding. I have to take what nature decides to give me that day and work with that.

So it was a surprise for me when I looked back and realized that so many of my dreamy creations were inspired by the underwater world. I guess it’s just natural – we dream about what we love. What do you dream about?

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#4 Love Ganesh

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Mari Karjalainen 3 weeks ago

This is so beautiful and truly inspiring๐Ÿ˜

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#9 We're All Made Of Stars

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just a thought ! 3 weeks ago

The symmetry is mesmerizing !

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#2 Under The Sea

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Monika Soffronow 3 weeks ago

They are all stunning!

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Mushroom Art Vol. 2 ๐Ÿ„
how Insane Are These Colours?? If You Haven't Been To The Forest Recently, You're Seriously Missing Out!

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Ok Ha-Neul 3 weeks ago

i've never seen mushrooms like that before are they dyed the color is gorgoeus

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#3 Dreaming Of Diving

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just a thought ! 3 weeks ago

Looks like a starfish and a nautilus to me

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#1 Mr. Trumpet Worm

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Ok Ha-Neul 3 weeks ago

it looks like a cartoon character

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#5 Pondering

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riley.girl 3 weeks ago

This is both beautiful and inspiring! I fell in love!

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Doodling With Nature ๐Ÿ„

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Kaylee Johnson 3 weeks ago

These must have taken so long to set up, everything is so amazing!

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#10

Supershroom. ๐Ÿ„
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Lillian Lopez 3 weeks ago

Awesomely beautiful!!!

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#8 Winter Worm On Snow

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Lillian Lopez 3 weeks ago

WOW!! So creative!

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This Big, Brown, Broken Mushroom Was Right In The Middle Of A Popular Nature Path - I Just Decorated It A Bit. ๐Ÿ˜„ Once I Had Taken This Photo I Stayed Close By To Pick Some Edible Mushrooms. It Was Fun To See Many Bypassers Stop And Wonder What It's About. ๐Ÿ„
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Celina 3 weeks ago

Is that fluffy lichen?

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#6 Bubbles, Bubbles

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riley.girl 3 weeks ago

It looks almost like a curled up starfish blowing bubbles! This is so creative and pretty!

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#7 A Whole New World

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Salla Nivala 3 weeks ago

The red amanita on the left has a very Little Prince -esque vibe going on ๐Ÿ’–

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#11 Floating On Snow

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Lyone Fein 3 weeks ago

how sweet

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50 Shades Of Sun ๐Ÿ„

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Cerys Dunbar 3 weeks ago

why are their 2 gaps without red thats gonna bug me

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Mushroom Art Vol. 4 ๐Ÿ„
the Minute I Posted These A Teacher Friend Asked If She Could Show These At Her Nature Art Class For Inspiration. So Cool! I Wish I Would Have Had Nature Art Classes When I Was A Kid! ๐Ÿ˜

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Maini Kukkonen 3 weeks ago

Love the combination of the colours!

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This One I Left Next To A Popular Nature Path. It Would Be Fun To Know What The Bypassers Thought When Bumping Into It... ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ„
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Maria Ylikoski 3 weeks ago

Wow!