Despite the Pandemic last summer, I did manage to get out and kayak around a couple bodies of water. When I saw this giant rock, I immediately thought of the Finnish myth of Aino again. I’ve painted Aino before but not with any of her watery crew. This isn’t actually meant to represent Aino–I’ll save that idea for another painting–rather, it is an ode to the time-honored tradition of skinny dipping in northern lakes. Sun and cold water. There’s nothing like it to make you feel alive!