What Do You See?

What Do You See?

One can see different things in a single art piece. This is what happened to Léa. At the initial viewing, Léa saw a heart shape in the piece that later became her Emotion Portrait™. It is funny how people know almost instantly their favorite one but they...
Featured in the Glamorous Finnish Magazine Gloria

Featured in the Glamorous Finnish Magazine Gloria

Discover extracts of the article about my work in Gloria magazine, through the words of Jenna Kämäräinen and the lens of Anni Koponen Compliments to Finland   “Marie has been living in Helsinki for more than a year now. She is impressed with Finland, its...
What Did Van Gogh See?

What Did Van Gogh See?

Talking about Van Gogh often leads to clichés that have nothing to do with the visual world: the last auction record, speculations about his cut ear or the grasshopper found in one of his painting (banal event when one does plein air painting…). I would like to share...
The Thousand and One Greys

The Thousand and One Greys

Unlike what we think, Finland has one of the most colorful and bright winter. The intensity of colors is striking. And what we could think of grey is in fact a multicolor palette…I know it is hard to believe…So I have studied hard this winter… Work...
4 Ways to Celebrate your Sensitivity

4 Ways to Celebrate your Sensitivity

1. Walk in a forest or with flowers in the metro Did you know that trees communicate and protect each other by generating hormones? When you walk in a forest, your heart beat slows down, your senses awake and your brain gets oxygenated. A Japanese researcher found...
What Kind of Drawing Are You ? Take Quizz!

What Kind of Drawing Are You ? Take Quizz!

What if the drawing style you like was talking about who you are? Have you ever wondered what kind of sensitivity your personality most aligns with? Visual art and sensitivity have this in common: It is hard to put words on it. But it’s not because we...
A Horse in the Living Room of Helsinki! Art Happening

A Horse in the Living Room of Helsinki! Art Happening

“Totally lost the sense of time” “I felt ME!” “Very focused and intense” “I felt I was an important piece in the universe” “Everything was flowing nicely” “Energetic and relaxing”   Featured...
Sense of Sight

Sense of Sight

Behind the easel Watch a scene like a horse I could become a horse, or more exactly seeing like a horse. I couldn’t believe it. The French horse stable leader in horsemanship, Haras de la Cense, has featured a video simulating how a horse sees the world....
How will this look on my wall?

How will this look on my wall?

It isn’t easy to know in advance if the piece of art we love will fit in our interior. Is it the right size, the right colors? What about the style? Where to place it in the room? So many questions that find easy answers when we visualize the result… Good News!...
They hear our thoughts…

They hear our thoughts…

They hear our thoughts… Sheryl Jordan is the Equestrian Director at Salamander Resort and Spa.  Her life story inspired me the drawing below. You can listen to Sheryl and how horses taught her to communicate with them by sending thoughts and intentions…...
“I became content to feel…” Charles Baudelaire 1855

“I became content to feel…” Charles Baudelaire 1855

I love Baudelaire. He wasn’t only a wonderful poet but also a visual art passionate and activist. He promoted art for all, outside of the Official Salon and the establishment.  To introduce this work in progress serie I want to share with you periodically, allow...
When Jackie remembers Swifty

When Jackie remembers Swifty

When Jackie remembers Swifty… The portrait captures exactly how I remember Swifty behaving when I was coming back home from school in the afternoon. I would meet him to the paddock so we could go for a ride. I love the happy emotion the portrait brings straight away....
A very unexpected event…

A very unexpected event…

A very unexpected event… I have interviewed Lida who remembers her first mare Annette when she was a teenager. Her pony was somewhat wild until she finally won a major dressage competition thanks to a very unexpected event. This changed the nature of her...
For the love of a man

For the love of a man

For the love of a man Eren tells the story of her great grandfather, a captain in the gendarma. He loved his mare who loved him too. A true hollywood story… https://www.mariesand.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/eren_storyfinal_mp3.mp3 To hear more horse stories,...
How emotions can help designing horse barns

How emotions can help designing horse barns

How emotions can help designing horse barns Horse barns are popular around the world. Their designs depend on the culture and the environment of the region. Each one looks different but they all share a common point. This is what I discovered when I interviewed John...