"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

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Calendar 2021

Here's a preview of my Art Calendar 2021, which is available exclusively from the ArtWanted website. I've collected twelve of my most suitable works for this calendar which focuses mainly on nature and the country of Finland where I live. 

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Monday, September 7, 2020

Dagmar's Spring, Finland


I'm back on my Blog again!

'Going to be posting the occasional video from a recent project I started called 'My Big Fat Finnish Portfolio'. I've already set up and started this project over on Facebook and Instagram, plus I now have a YouTube channel and Pinterest board dedicated to it also.
'Would be great if you could join, add or follow any of these platforms.

For now here's a little clip I made not far from where I live in Finland. It's a nice little place called Dagmar's Spring, a natural spring with beautiful surroundings and easy-going nature trails.

All the best for now,

your friend, 

Monday, April 16, 2018

I met Imelda May!

Around this time last year (April 8th 2017 to be exact) I popped in to buy a signed copy of Imelda May's latest album 'Life, Love, Flesh, Blood'.  A quick meeting, it was nice to meet such a talented singer and nice person too. Her album is great and the voice is amazing. Favourite song from the album is 'Levitate', mainly because it reminds me of the old James Bond movie themes! This great tune is accompanied by a wonderful collection of songs which come together to make this album a really good addition to any record collection!

Here's a clip of Imelda May's album signing at Tower records on Dawson street, Dublin last year.

While chatting at her record signing I mentioned that I was home from Finland to see my parents and told her my father wasn't well. She kindly asked me to pass on her best wishes to him. She even asked me to say hi to all in Finland. ,,,A nice person!

Imelda May's record signing queue in Tower Records.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Holy Redbreast! ..just sold my Robin design!

Sold!!!... thanks to the person in North Carolina USA who bought this 'Robin' chiffon top design from my Redbubble webstore. This is the first time I've posted details of an art product sold by an online webstore. I hope to do it again. I would be very pleased if buyers could send me photos of my artwork or products so I can share on my blog or facebook. If any of you have anything simply contact me through my Facebook page 

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Finland 100 : 91- 100

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, and now I'll finish with 91-100!

...a much aquired taste, Salmiakki is a salty liquorice sweet/candy from Finland which I tend to keep well away from.🍬 . Instead I prefer it's alcohol-infused cousin in liquid shot form (served cold!)
πŸ·πŸ˜€ ...'bottoms up! .. Have a good Saturday!!!

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...Sunday sounds! Hailing from Kitee in Finland, Nightwish have to be the most successful Finnish band internationally ever. The ultimate in symphonic metal! ..Play extremely loud!!! πŸ‘ŠπŸ˜Ž
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'Pohjola' is the Finnish word for North. This and many other soapstone sculptures were made by Finnish artist Hilda Flodin for the facade of the Pohjola Insurance building in Helsinki. Her sculptures were inspired by Finnish folklore and blend in perfectly with the wonderful art nouveau style seen throughout the city. They're one of my favourite features in the capital. I painted one of the sculptures with a little 'tongue in cheek' addition of some mobile phones. I called it 'Holding for Hilda'. 

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'The Snow Tree' (acrylic-on-canvas, 2009)
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..this is the Joulupukki in Finland also known as the Julbocken or Yule goat, a very old Christmas tradition in northern europe which won't be found in my old country Ireland. The joulupukki can even be found on some Christmas beers up here. cheers!!! 🐏 πŸΊπŸ˜€ (ps. Santa Claus is also called Joulupukki in Finland)

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...fakenews and ad-free technology and my favourite era of mobile phone evolution. Nokia have now moved on to creating smartwatches amongst other things. A long way since kiddies' shoes! (see 15/100).
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.. Vodka Veekend! #finnishvodka #tgif πŸ˜€ 🍸

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Postcard from Karis!
...The best little town in Finland!

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... Christmas in Finland means glΓΆgg with vodka!! ..kippis! ..skΓ₯l!! πŸ·πŸ˜‚

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Merry Christmas from the home of Santa Claus! ...HyvÀÀ Joulua!! ...God Jul!! ...Have a good one!!πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ‘

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