sunnuntai 30. maaliskuuta 2014

King under the mountain and spring winds from Avalon


Hello Blogging Friends!

This week illustration friday theme is "sizzle". I thought that my obsession to illustrate some Hobbit and LOTR art woud fit the theme.

Let's start with Smaug.

This is A4 size (8 x11)
watercolor paper
Painted with watercolors, acrylics and lot's of golden glitter.

Click image to see it bigger.

Detail of the eye.


I read "the Hobbit" first time when I was 16. I've always loved it. It has pretty much everything; adventure, dangers, fierce Warriors, unlikely hero and of course mighty dragon with piles of gold to guard.

So far I've enjoyed the movies also (even though those spiders were disquisting).

Here is another one that sizzles:

"Morgiana"



Inspired By the legends of mystical island of Avalon.
Arthurian tales from Merlin, Nimue and the knights are very intriquiding.

Model of Morgiana is my artist friend Janna http://kuoma.deviantart.com/
See her beautiful gallery also.

Morgiana is one of the magical priestess of the holy island.

I submit these to paint party friday.

Love and light
and
Fairydust
Niina



tiistai 25. maaliskuuta 2014

IA challenge: Buttons

Good Morning blogging friends!

It's Inspiration Avenue time again. It was my turn to host and theme this week is tadaaa.. buttons!.

Who wouldn't love buttons? when I was a child I always played with my mom's buttons. My mom was (and is) very good sewer so she had pretty boxes with lot's of buttons.



This is my newest artwork. It's called "Bookworm".

Mixed Media piece. Materials used: watercolor paper, felt-tipped pen, cardboard, stamps, acrylics, scrapbook paper, fabrics and buttons. Those books surrounding her are actual handcrafted miniature books (scale 1:12).



This was a fun projects. I hope someday I get to do childrenbooks illustrated with mixed media art.

I also submit this piece to Illustration Friday.

Thank you for visiting and the comments.
I'll do my best to visit your blogs too:)

Love and light
Niina



lauantai 22. maaliskuuta 2014

Call for the inner child




Hello Blogging friends!

Greetings from snowy Finland. It's the weekend of Spring Equinox and quite dark and cold here.

Darkness can fade away since I have new (and veeeery old) art to show you!

Inspiration avenue this week challenge is "inner child art".

My artwork isn't really done By using "child methods" meaning just drawing without thinking. I usually use that method especially when painting mandalas or backrounds but now I just didn't feel like it and as children do I followed my emotions.

I did paint a little fed up boy.
He came out so cute so I think I can share him with you.

"Not in the mood for homework"



Funniest thing happened last weekend. I found the most gorgeus artwork.

I drew/painted this handsome cat at the age of 9!

You can see my affection to bold colors began at very early age.


This is so inspiring I have to create some more cat art with this style.

I think I've used crayons, watercolors and drawing cole! what a mixture:)


Since we are going back in the past. Here is a photo I  found.
I think Im 11 years old here and that's my baby kitten Pumpuli Im holding.

Pumpuli passed away last september in the age 14. She is my  little angel cat now.

I link these artworks to paint party friday also.

Thank you for all your comments
and visits

Love and light
Niina







maanantai 17. maaliskuuta 2014

Featured artist of march: Gabriella Szabo

Hello fellow bloggers and arty people!

Im going to start a new line of monthly interviews here in my blog.
 I think inspiration is something everybody needs especially if you work with art or if art is your favorite hobby or like me you are an "art-oholic" (Im Niina and Im an art-oholic" meaning that no days goes buy without me doodling to my sketchbook).

Inspiration is something that doesn't always come easy. Last weekend I spent lots of time watching illustrating videos on YouTube. Something that Illustrator Will Terry said stucked to my head. He said "students learn from other students".

You know that is very true. Fellow students help you to grow as an artist. You might get good tips, you can get inspired from the work of others.

I really hope this "monthly artist feature" helps you to get inspired also.

First featured artist is Gabriella Szabo.

I've been a fan of Gabriella's art eversince I saw her artworks on etsy and Facebook. I just adore her whimsical style. Everytime I see her artworks I wish I could step in to the painting and play with the fairies and smell the flowers.


Don't you?

Please introduce yourself. Who you are and what kind of artist you are?
´
My name is Gabriella Szabo, I’m a Hungarian born fairy artist from Dublin, Ireland.
I moved to the land of Fairies in 2006, when I was 38.
I used to work at the Budapest airport, and after 16 years as a uniform, I realized that being an immigration officer wasn’t my dream at all J
I found my partner here in Dublin, and I feel very lucky, because he’s extremely supportive, and he helps me in everything related my career/hobby, like making frames for my paintings or carrying me to fairs and markets, or even giving me critics - just a tiny bit J of course, but he’s usually right.
                     
                      How did you start your artist career/hobby? What are your artistic dreams?

.I used to draw as a kid, loved to create portraits of famous actors. In fact my first drawing at a primary school exhibition was stolen. I should have been flattered by the fact, that my art was good enough for a theft, I guessJ


I started my artistic path about 18 years ago with landscapes and still lives, that my colleagues commissioned me with. The Fairy people came a bit later, when I landed in my chosen home.

              What are the things that inspire you to create? and do you have a message in your art? 

My inspiration comes from nature that surrounds us. We’re lucky enough that Spring has sprung already here in Ireland. Spring gives me zillions of ideas to put on canvas. If I just had more time J … I also love to be by the sea to gather inspiration. She gives me a big boost of positive energy. I could walk forever in unspoiled wild woods or a meadow filled with wild flowers. I don’t really like man-made parks, and if it was for me, I would never cut the grass or clip the hedge in the garden.
My message is to stop littering, if you don’t want to mess with the fairies. They DO have their ego, just like us, and it’s their home that some of us neglect. They are angels, too, angels of Mother Nature, so we should show some respect J
Try to go green - if you can.

                                                   




Any advices and tips for starting artists?

Follow your dreams, and never give up! The internet is great place for making the first step. I know all the fairy folk from Facebook. Start to connect them today, and they will spread the word for you.
Set up your own website, there are pretty affordable pages where you can create your own J

                                                Where can we find your works?

                                        For more information and more fairies visit:
                                         http://www.gabriellafaeries.com/
                         https://www.etsy.com/shop/FairyringbyGabriella?ref=si_shop
                                http://www.zazzle.com/fairyringbygabriella
                               You can connect me on my Facebook page as well
                                     https://www.facebook.com/gabriella.s.artist¨

            Thank you very much Gabriella for letting us to have a peek at your magical world. It's            beautiful and so are the fairies. I totally agree them being the nature's Angels. I hope you lot's of success and creativity. Köszönöm :)

                                               
                                                     I wish lot's of inspiration and beautiful
                                                        spring days to all my readers.

                                                                         Niina

lauantai 8. maaliskuuta 2014

Feeling artistic


Hello blogging friends!

I have few new paintings to  share.

The one above is called "Wheel of dreams".
Done for enchanted visions theme "wisdom".

I love how it came out.

"Sleep is the best meditaion"
-Dalai Lama


My latest animal painting called "Lynx Lynx".

This guy looks so content while laying on the tree. I had reference from a postcard.

"If one way is better than the other,
that you may be shore,
it's the nature's way"

-Aristotele


Im having a little contest on my Facebook page 'till 4th of april.


be shore to enter.


Beautiful and creative spring days to everyone!
-Niina

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.

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