Here are a few of the pictures I've had pinned up in the studio during the creation of the Väinämöinen puppets.
My dearly missed friend Leo, a good Finn; the art of Finnish illustrator Erkki Tanttu.
Dancer Merce Cunningham, for his stunning body and face.
Tapio Wirkkala, Finnish glass artist; more Erkki Tanttu.
No, Tony Bennett is not a Finn. But he's 87 and he's hot.
(We saw him last summer at the Pantages in Tacoma, so I know whereof I speak.)
Thanks, guys. Couldn't have done it without you.