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  • Writer's pictureHelena Tiainen

New Paintings and The Joy of Design

Updated: Apr 7, 2021

For the past couple of weeks I have been working mainly on new acrylic paintings in my The Joy of Design Series. The pieces I have been involved with are all small square 6 by 6 inch abstracts. At this point I feel like two of these eight paintings might be done. So, I am now ready to share The Joy of Design LVI and The Joy of Design LVII with the world. The remaining six paintings and more to come in this series will be shared with you later, when I am ready to do so. At that point they might be finished or still in progress. I will inform you about their status when I publish and share these works and will also advise you in regard to where to obtain more information since here on wix I can only attach one image to any one blog.

I have not put all of my time into just one series. I have also been doing mixed media art and digital design and I have been working on other paintings. Some of these are 12 by 12 inches in size and may become part of The Joy of Design Series or may stand totally apart. I have not made a decision on this yet. You see, to this date no individual completed painting in this The Joy of Design Series that I have been involved with since late 2012 is larger than 10 by 10 inches in size or smaller than 6 by 6 inches, but this might change.

Just in case you are not yet familiar with my The Joy of Design Series, I want to introduce you to this undertaking. First I want you to know that it is my plan to have at least 100 original small square handmade acrylics on canvas in this series. These paintings currently vary in size from 6 by 6 inches to 8 by 8 and 10 by 10 inches. There are now 57 completed originals that can hang in any of the eight directions either alone or in combination with each other in groupings with no space or some space in between the panels and formed in any groupings possible when hanging square paintings either horizontally or vertically or diagonally. I am leaving a lot of freedom in the arrangements to the person who buys the original paintings or canvases printed with these images.

You can also look at these works as building blocks, if that works for you. This is an aspect that works well for me. I have created numerous digital collages I call The Joy of Design Mandala Series Puzzles by selecting a number of original painting scans and digitally collaging them into one piece. I am currently working on The Joy of Design Mandala Series Puzzle 8 and have recently completed Arrangement 3 in this series:

I feel like my The Joy of Design Series is so far the most ambitious project that I have undertaken. I also feel that this series presents basically unlimited potential and I look forward to seeing what will unfold.

The digitally collaged images in this series are kaleidoscopic arrangements built with scans of handmade asymmetrical figurative and organic and geometric pattern paintings. You can view more originals at and mandala series arrangements at I thought I would also mention that any work carrying TJOD in its title is also created with The Joy of Design originals either in full or in part and might be color and otherwise altered digitally. Like I mentioned before, the possible combinations created with these works are just about endless.

I am choosing The Joy of Design LVI to illustrate this blog. I am also adding this and The Joy of Design LVII to my The Joy of Design Series Gallery here on wix. You can contact me to purchase either one of these original(s) or any other of my available originals. If you are interested in this art in print format, you can find the selection of printed products at

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