maanantai 15. joulukuuta 2014

Winter colors

Hello fellow bloggers 

Inspiration Avenue- challenge this week is about colors of the holiday season.

Lately my paintings have had lot's of blue shades.

Blue is interesting color. On my first year at artschool we discussed about that what color snow is?
First I said it's white but then I looked outside and I wasn't so shore. In the morning snow had blue shades and in the sunset it was all pink and orange.

We don't have much snow here now. There is little bit on the ground but I hope there will be more.

 I really love snowy winters.

(picture taken in 2012)

Here is my latest painting called "Frozen field".

 "Frozen field"
(c) Niina Niskanen 2014
acrylics on canvas

Original is listed on my Etsy-shop here.

I also found these wooden shapes I did a year ago at woodwork. I finally
decided to paint something on them.

So here is a wooden creature called "dream owl".
Also listed to my shop here.

I also submit to paint party friday

Thank you for visiting

lauantai 13. joulukuuta 2014

Featured Artist of December : Katerina Koukiotis

"Ghost of a rose"
(c) Katerina Koukiotis, 2007
charcoal and colored pencils

Hello blogging world

Time for the December featured artist interview. December artist is Katerina Koukiotis.
Katerina has amazing talent to portray people and emotions in her artworks. I hope enjoy them as much as I do.

                                                                                        "Kitty Magic"
                                                                                  (c) Katerina Koukiotis
                                                                                               9 x 12
                                                                       color pencils & charcoal, 2014

 "Heart stitches"
(c) Katerina Koukiotis
color pencils & pastels
8.5 x 11

 Tell us about yourself who you are and what kind of artist you are?

I'm a Greek  self taught artist based and living in New York for most of my life
I specialize in  traditional portrait and fantasy art , i mostly like drawing fantasy and non fantasy
characters,people , animal art and the last couple years i have experimented with more anime manga art
which i enjoy very much
 i work in different mediums from pencil graphite to charcoal,color pencil , pastels , watercolors acrylics.

 How did you started your artistic hobby/career?

Almost 9 years ago i started doing my art professionally
  but i feel i was an artist all my life since i was little
it was always something i did  and enjoy it to be able to
do it professionally and share my art , ideas
is very special  :) and means a lot to me.

 What are the things that inspire you?

A lot of things inspire me fairytales, fantasy art, fantasy  books in general, nature,
other artists inspire me greatly new ones, classic ones,
music, fantasy movies ,a lot of different things,inspiration sometimes
comes out of the blue when least expect it.

"Madame Butterfly"
(c) Katerina Koukiotis
8 x10
color/ pastel pencils

"White Christmas"
(c) Katerina Koukiotis
color pencils
9 x 12

 Do you have a message in your art?

Sometimes  especially if i create an artwork specifically for
a special or moving event , for example my drawings and art i did for 9/11 had a special
message and meaning not only to me but to people viewing my art,
 however i  like for people to make up
 their own stories when they see my art ,
my drawings may mean something different to me than to someone else.

Many thanks Katerina for participating also big thanks to all great artists that have been taking part of this serier of interviews. 

Much love and light





torstai 4. joulukuuta 2014

Winter feelings

Hello blogging world

Few more weeks and it's Christmas. Are you exited?
Our Noki - boy (above) shore will be happy because he get's to eat some reindeer meat.

Creative Tuesday theme was to choose favorite art piece created this year. 
I was between two and ended up with this painting that I created in the summer.

"Vellamo and her watery cattle"

I was very inspired by Finnish  mythology. Vellamo is Finnish water goddess.
She is said to be tall and beautiful woman.
Respected by fishermen who prayed her for good fishing luck. Vellamo has power to raise and stop winds. She can also control storms and waves.
Vellamo has magical cows that live on underwater fields. Sometimes during the morning mist she takes her cattle above the surface to eat water hay.

Her name comes from Finnish word "velloa" which means "the movement of water".

I've done lot's of research about Finnish mythology this year and created lot's of art inspired by it and hope to continue that next year.
 Especially now since I might be moving abroad next year this theme feel very important to me.

In this particular painting I wanted to create very misty  morning to the background I was very pleased how it came out.

"Vellamo and her watery cattle"
(c) Niina Niskanen
This year I painted some of the holiday cards.
Both these designs are available as greeting cards here.

"Reindeers in the night"
(c) Niina Niskanen
watercolors and acrylics

 "Snowflake shoe"
(c) Niina Niskanen
watercolors and acrylics & glitter

Love and light

lauantai 29. marraskuuta 2014

Featured artist of November: Judy Pollard

(c) Judy Pollard

Hello blogging world!

It's time for the featured artist interview of November. This time I was happy to interview doll artist Judy Pollard. As a "fairyperson" I just adore these little creatures she makes.

Tell us about yourself who you are and what kind of artist you are?

Hello there. I am a 41 year old stay at home mom with 4 wonderful boys aged 10,9, 7 and 4. I've always have been fascinated in fantasy. I never thought I had a creative bone in my body. You could say my 4 years old draws better than me. But when my mother passed away 7 years ago, I was looking for some sort of outlet to bring in the sun again to my days.

(c) Judy Pollard

So I started out making soft sculptured dolls but then fell upon these wonderful artists making polymer clay fairies. I was immediately hooked. I would purchase fairies and have such a yearning to try to make my own.

How did you started your artistic hobby/career?

 I started making my own fairies in 2010. My first few fairies were pretty awful but I had such a desire to keep trying. And with lots of trials and errors and many many many hours of practice, I finally reached the look I was looking for. I am self taught and I don't use the correct tools that I'm sure would make a teacher cringe. I use toothpicks, my hands and baby wipes to sculpt each face. Each fairy is always hand sculpted from scratch.

   I hand sculpt with polymer clay. I use headset paints and acrylic paints. The hair varies from Tibetan hair to Teeswater hair.  I like to use ribbons on almost all of my fairies. I like to think it is my trademark. The ribbons are hand dyed from a lovely lady that I purchase them.

(c)Judy Pollard

What are the things that inspire you?
Do you have a message in your art?

      I try to make each fairy have a happy presence about them. These little fairies give me such joy     making them, I want the joy to be felt by each person who may come across one of my fairies. Color is a big inspiration for me. I love color and the more colorful the fairy the happier I tend to find myself with the end results. I use Ribbon on almost all of my fairies. You could say that is one of the characteristics that each fairy has that you would immediately know it's one of my fairies.

 Nature is a big part that inspires me. I tend to do most of my sculpting outside where I can see dragonflys in the summer and listen to the birds at other times of the year. The message in my art that I hope to project is positive vibes, happy feelings and the determination to not be scared to try. Thank you so much for taking a peek into my little world.

(c) Judy Pollard 

(c) Judy Pollard

                                                      Where can we find your works?

                                                      I do sell on my Facebook page

                                                       Thank you Judy for participating
                                                I wish you lot's of success and inspiration

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for featured
artist interview of December

- Niina

perjantai 28. marraskuuta 2014

December dreams

Hello blogging world :)

Where does all the time goes. Next week it's already December.
I've been a busy bee lately. 
Working, teaching, illustrating, making applications to schools..

Weather is far from wintery.
It's dark 24/7 and very rainy. I don't like it one bit.
When you live in such northern part of the world as I you can see the affects of the climate change.

 We didn't have any snow in December 2013 (it started to snow in the new year's eve)
I really hope we get snow soon. Black Christmas is very depressing.

Anyways.. creative tuesday challenge- theme this time is "December dreams". My dream right now is to get some snow.

Here is little cat that I painted. She is amazed by the snow and ice.

 "Hello there / December dreams"
(c) Niina Niskanen

I usually craft all holiday cards myself but this year I decided to paint some of them. I don't post them all here now since I don't want to ruin suprises.

Here is one I made for a person who likes my "fantasy paintings"

"Snow in the sea"
(c) Niina Niskanen
watercolors and felt tipped pen

Inspiration Avenue this weeks theme is to create artworks inspired by favorite artists. I have many favorite artists. Now since I'm applying to artschools to continue my illustrating studies I thought to share some sketches that were inspired by one of my favorite Finnish illustrator; Marjaliisa Pitkäranta (1941 - 2003)

I love detailed style. I have a big collection of her postcards. There is even foundation based for her illustrations. My childhood favorite children's books were illustrated by her.

(c) Marjaliisa Pitkäranta

(c) Marjaliisa Pitkäranta

Here are some of my "gnome" sketches. I guess my drawing style has some mlp- influence.

These sketches are for a story that my sister has written.
I hope we get to publish those stories in a book someday.

"Jape - sketches"
(c) Niina Niskanen

Submitting also to Paint Party Friday

That's all for now
Thanks for stopping by

sunnuntai 9. marraskuuta 2014

P is for Petra

"P is for Petra"
watercolors and acrylics on acid free watercolorpaper
(c) Niina Niskanen

Hello blogging world

This week's IA theme is "monograms". Great excuse for me to continue with my fairy monograms.
This time letter is "P".

Does it ever happens to you that when you see some person and you hear their name and you immediately think "gosh that name is just fitting" ( and sometimes not fitting at all).

After I finished this fairy I thought she looked like Petra.

I also submit this fairy girl to Paint Party Friday

My great artist friend Maisie is celebrating 1 year anniversary of her shop and she is having a giveaway.

Please take a look at Maisie's beautiful works and enter:

I'm also going to have a giveaway when I reach 1000 followers on my fb- page
(still few hundred to go) 

Thank you for visiting
Love and light

maanantai 3. marraskuuta 2014

Minty tea time

Hello blogging friends

I hope you've had great Halloween weekend (those who celebrate it).
We had snow few days ago here in northern Finland but sadly it has melted away by now.
I hope we get snow in December. I didn't have any holiday mood last year since it was raining on Christmas.

I joined this fun art challenge called Teemakuun taidetta
In November challenge is to create 9 still life pieces.

 Here are my first ones.
On left there is one of my snowglobes (with a tiny moomin) and on the right
a candle holder and some orange candles. 
I used wet-on-wet technique.

Creative Tuesday - current challenge is Minty.

Only minty thing that came to my mind was minty tea.
I don't know if you can see it on the pictures but the page with the ink drawing has backround paper painted with minty/spearmint tea left overs.

I am bit tea-obsessed (and cartoon mug obsessed )

Here is a nice "tea" poem I found:

"The first cup moinstens your lips and throat
The second shatters my loneliness
The third causes the wrongs of life fade gently from my recollection
The fourt purifies my soul
The fifth lifts me to the realms of the unwinking gods

- Chinese Mystic

My camera's memorycard was missing whole last week that is why I can post my previous ct - entry just now.

Idea was to create artwork around found object(s) 

Watercolor buttons are simply made for caterpillars and butterfly wings.

 Here without the buttons

I hope to reach 1000 fans on my facebook art page before next year
So if you enjoy my art come for a visit

Love light and inspiration