Saturday, October 28, 2017

Stuck with the trees

There you go, painting trees again.
Below a work in progress from our current collaboration.

Monday, October 16, 2017


This past week we have been part of Taidetestaajat, a program organised by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, which brings young people from all over Finland to different cultural destinations in order to test and try art. We were invited by Särestöniemi Museum to share our experiences as an artist couple and offer a drawing workshop for 8-graders of different schools in Lapland.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Dance

Starting a new painting for our upcoming exhibition at Kemi Art Museum.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Currently one of us is attending a 3 months retreat at Bodhinyana Monastery, near Perth, Australia. We will be back with more news on our joint artistic enterprise in October!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Last Saturday we held a taideilta (arts evening) with local artists, poets and musicians at our Aitta-studio in Sirkka. There was a small exhibition of paintings, photographs and works on paper inside the Aitta-studio and in the yard presentations of poetry, singing and performance art. We contributed to the evening with our last performance The Misgivings of Perfect Love.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Oh so nice...

We started a new painting today, a Double Self-portrait from life. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Double Self-portrait

So, this double self-portrait painted by us both has been chosen to be part of the exhibition 'Portrait Now!' at the Frederiksborg castle in Denmark. We look pretty silly in it. If we knew so many people were going to see it, we would had painted ourselves extra real silly.

Details about the exhibition here.

Raisa Raekallio and Misha del Val
"Double Self-Portrait of Us Both, Painted by Both of Us" 
oil on canvas, 72 x 90 cm.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Exhibition at Espacio Marzana 15.6.18 - 30.7.18, Bilbao, Spain

Thank you Espacio Marzana - Cultural ProjectsWe are delighted with the idea of presenting our work in collaboration in Bilbao next year!!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Update 39 - Taidemaalariliiton Teosvälitys

This week we present our work at the Taidemaalariliiton Teosvälitys Kaapelitehtaalla (Finnish Painters Union Exhibition) in Helsinki. It's the first time Raisa and I exhibit our joint work in Helsinki. Come for a visit if you are close by! We will be there next Tuesday 14.3. 

The exhibition will be open until 19.3.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Together Again

Reunited in London after Misha's 6-week trip in Spain and Australia.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Kiitos Juha Tolonen ja Arktikum!

Our exhibition Flora Lapponica is now finished. We had over 16.000 people visiting during the past six weeks. That is much more than we could have ever expected! We are very happy with the whole journey, honored by sharing it with Juha Tolonen and tremendously grateful and appreciative towards each other for embarking full hearted on this crazy project of making paintings in collaboration.

Now a lititle break and soon starting gathering ideas and inspiration for our show at Kemi Art Museum next year.

Raisa Raekallio & Misha del Val, oil on canvas, 178 x 178 cm. 2016
Inspiration by Juha Tolonen

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


La kota es una construcción tradicional lapona. En su seno vive un fuego con algún tipo de asiento alrededor. En la parte superior hay un agujero, para desalojar el humo, así como cumpliendo la función espiritual de apertura hacia el cielo.
"Kota II"
Pintado por Raisa y Misha a turnos sobre papel Hahnemühle, 60 x 60 cm, 2016

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Land Quilt

"Quilt, patchwork, land quilt, realms,
movement, bardos, wheel of life, cycles,
comfort and love, wrap yourself in the land, xxx"

This insightful WhatsApp message of our dear friend Aryadharma, received after sending him a pic of the painting in process, lends the title to the work and furthermore, it throws light into what Raisa and I had intended with this work and didn't know yet.

"Land Quilt"
Oil on linen, 178 x 178 cm. 2016
Currently in exhibition at Galleria Valo, Arktikum, Rovaniemi.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Update 33

Thank you everyone for a lovely night!

Exhibition continues until 12.2.17

(Pics Juha Tolonen)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Come and greet these faces at Galleria Valo, Arktikum, Rovaniemi on Wednesday 21.12, 18 h. at the opening of our exhibition FLORA LAPPONICA, featuring photographs by Juha Tolonen and our most recent series of paintings made in collaboration.

Exhibition runs 22.12.16 - 12.2.17

Juha, Raisa and Misha in front of our Aitta-studio, Sirkka.

Sunday, December 4, 2016


The painting Swamp springs from our appreciation for the period extending from the fall of the leaves off the trees to the arrival of the first snows a few weeks later in Northern Finland. When days grow shorter and only a dim light prevails, and the fields are covered by gray, ochre and brownish tones.

We painted it from a photograph by artist Juha Tolonen. Both the photo and the painting capitalize on the possibilities offered by the medium to reflect the beauty and complexity of the natural world in that particular time of the year.

178 x 178 cm, oil on canvas

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


We jumped, from paper sketches, to a big canvas.