torstai 26. kesäkuuta 2014

Show and tell

"Mist maiden"

Hello blogging friends!!!

I hope you all are doing great. I've been busy with the art exhibition and making new products to my etsy-shop. I shall add pics of my new creations on my next post.

It's show and tell week on Inspiration avenue.  I submit these artworks to Paint Party Friday also.
Above you can see my latest painting called "Mist maiden". She was born from finish mythology.
"Utuneito" (mist maiden) is a ghostly character that lives in the ponds and lakes. On misty days you can see her dancing and singing above the water.

I love how the painting came out. Lately I've been doing lot's of paintings with wet-on-wet technique.

"Far far away"

This unicorn I created just for the art exhibition. Title comes from a Blackmore's Night song "Far far away".

"M is for Mahandra"

Last but not least my newest addition to my Fairy-Monogramm - series. 
M is for Mahandra.

I'm working with N right now :) Soon they are all done wohoo!! and I can start a new project :)))


It's international Pride-week this week!!

I just saw "Some like it hot" again :)
Do you remember these lines from the fabulous film?

"Osgood! We can't get married at all"
"Why not?"
"Well.. in a first place I'm not a natural blonde"

"It doesn't matter"

"I smoke I smoke all the time"
"I don't care"
"I have a terrible past. For three years I've been living with a saxophone player"
"I forgive you"
"I can never have children"
"We can adopt some"
"You don't understand Osgood... I'm a man"
"Well ... nobody's perfect"


-Some like it hot

Gay Marriages aren't still allowed in Finland (we are so behind from all the rest of Scandinavian countries)

but I believe that things are going to change soon.

Much love and light
Niina





lauantai 14. kesäkuuta 2014

Featured artist of June: Renee Lavoie


Please introduce yourself. Who you are and what kind of artist you are?

I am a self-taught artist currently working out of home studio in Killingworth, CT. Happily marriend and I have 13 year old son and two fur kids.

I have always been artistic since as far back as I can remember I've had a pencil in my hand. I have always loved fantasy art. It was a safe place for me to temporarily escape the real world and create anything without rules or restrictions.

"Eira" (c) Renee Lavoie

How did you started your artistc career/hobby? What are your artistic dreams?

I first started my career painting furniture and it was fun but not what I truly wanted to do. So I began drawing and painting fairies. Looking back on my creations I can't believe how far I've come but still far from where I want to be. I am absolutely my own worst critic.

"Frustration" (c) Renee Lavoie

"Shona Fae" (c) Niina Niskanen

What are things that inspire you to create? Do you have message in your art?

I am inspired by life experiences and people that have come into my life some of which have departed this world way too soon. I have vivid colorful dreams that often inspire my work and music. When I listen to music it floods my mind with so many ideas.
 I have panic and anxiety so I notice when I'm feeling trapped or anxious I tend to paint webs in my work
or eyes that drip color.

"Touched by the sun" (c) Renee Lavoie

Any advice and tips for starting artists?

My advice to starting artists would be to stay true to your style, don't compare yourself to other artists, and don't give up on your dreams!

Thank you Renee for this great interview and sharing your gorgeous paintings.
You can find Renee's artworks on these on-line shops and galleries:



If you enjoyed reading this interview be shore to check these past interviews:




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I've been a guest blogger in a great animal blog Pawsitively Pets. is now published on the blog. I tell my experiences on that how animals can give great artistic inspiration and creative boost to your life.
You can read it here :)


Special thanks for the blog owner Ann :) She has lot's of good tips to all those who have furry friends.

Much love and light
Niina

   

keskiviikko 11. kesäkuuta 2014

Moonbird and the sundoll - my new art exhibition

"Moonbird/ silver moon berries" (c) Niina Niskanen

Hello Blogging friends!!

What a busy time I've had lately. Last week my old schoolmate Katri asked if I'd like to keep an art exhibition in her new handcraft shop. Of course I said yes. 

So on tuesday we made the agreement. On Wednesday and Thursday I was searching frames and created few new paintings. On Friday I was hammering  nails to the walls and on Sunday pretty much everything was on it's place.

Monday (two days ago as I'm writing this) was the opening.

Fastest art exhibition building process I've ever been in.



Exhibition takes place in an old fisher hut in the pier of Oulu just next to the market place.



I have 15 original paintings on sale plus postcards, prints and jewelries made from my artworks. 




"Moonbird and the sundoll"
(c) Niina Niskanen


My exhibition is upstairs. Downstairs Katri has her lovely Venka&Vinka shop. She makes all kinds of accesories from bottleclips and from old bikewheel rubber (very enviroment friendly). 
In upstairs there is also lovely woodworks from woodsoul. 

My artworks are in good company. 
Exhibition lasts 'till July 30th

Since I was so unsuspected to all this to happen I had to come up with exhibition theme quick.
Since many of my artworks are quite narrative and peoples mind get sometimes lost when they look at them (in a good way)  I started to think finish myths about forest blanket. 
It's a state you might end up if you walk in a familiar forest suddenly forest might turn completely strange. You can see mermaids in the ponds, berries are silvery and there is sun that looks like a nesting doll :)

I thought the idea was fun. 


Here is my "Forest blanket" -painting on progress. Completed wet-on-wet.


And then on the wall. The one on the right was one of the mountain paintings I did last year on my trip to Croatia :)

I link these to Paint Party Friday
and to the inspiration avenue - where this week's theme is Juicy and my "Moonbird and the sundoll" painting has some veeery juicy colors + I'm on a fruit diet (meaning that whenever I want chocolate or icecream this summer I force myself to eat only fruits....(but I've given myself to eat ice cream if temperature goes to  +30 celsius)


sunnuntai 1. kesäkuuta 2014

Challenges


Hello blogging friends!!

Witch conjuring a spell accompanied with her cat familiar :)

My challenge works are late as usual I was the host this week on inspiration avenue and the theme I chose was "spells and magic".
As it happens "forbidden magic" is the theme in June monthly fantasy art auction -group in fb. So this one might go there as well :)





Lately I've been doing painting different kinds of natural materials such as stones, feathers and pine corns.
You can find these two paintings above listed on my etsy-shop.

I link all the artworks to Illustration friday and Paint Party Friday



I'm off to summer cabin for few days. Hopefully I have bunch of new ideas and sketches when I'll come back.

Love and light
Niina