tiistai 8. huhtikuuta 2014

Featured artist of April Mayumi Ogihara

"The Seer" (c) Mayumi Ogihara
Hello blogging frieds!
Once again it's time for featured artist of the month. This month our guest artist is Mayumi Ogihara.
I came across Mayumis works just early this spring when I attented to art auction groups on fb. I think her drawings are beautiful and full with magic. I myself don't have much patient with pencils but after seeing these magical portraits I'm inspired to try.
 Please introduce yourself. Who you are and what kind of artist you are?
My name is Mayumi Ogihara. I'm self-taught pencil artist. Born in 1965 in Saitama, Japan, and moved to Vancouver, Canada when I was 24. I'm currently living on Vancouver Island with my husband and two sons.
Art has always been part of my life. Many of my family members have artistic and creative minds and ever since I was a child I have been influenced by their beautiful creations. I like all sorts of arts and crafts, but particularly enjoy drawing. I've always been facinatied by the simple beauty of art created using nothing more than a pencil and paper.

"Touch of Magic" (c) Mayumi Ogihara

"Trought innocent eyes" (c) Mayumi Ogihara
How did you start your artist career/hobby? What are your artistic dreams?
In the beginning of my drawing career I was mainly working on comissioned portraits. About 3 years ago, I discovered a passion and love for creating fantasy art, and I've been enjoying and exploring the endless possibilities the fantasy world offers.
I love to create drawings that tell stories and show emotions that touch viewer's hearts.
What are the things that inspire you to create? and do you have a message in your art?
Beauty of all kinds always inspires me. Anything that flutters my heart makes me want to draw and capture those moments in my special way.
My artwork doesn't have a strong message, but rather displays subtle emotions that people can identify. I also hope the fantasy elements in my drawings will remind viewers of the joy and wonder of magic and imagination we all once had as children.
"Dream on aquamarine tides" (c) Mayumi Ogihara
Any advices and tips for starting artists?
Don't let others to tell you what you should and shouldn't do. Art is what's created from your heart. That is why every artwork is unique and beautiful in its own way.
Nurture your heart and mind. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty that's all around you. Live life, read books or watch movies to enrich your senses. When your heart and mind are well fed, the artist within you will be freed.

"Awakening of spring goddess! (c) Mayumi Ogihara
Where we can find your works?
                                                              My website:

                                                          Facebook Page:



                                                              PSP Tube Stop:

                                                                EMG Sketch Fest:
Thank you Mayumi for letting us hear about your artistic journey. Your art is truly enchanted. I wish lots of inspiration on your way.
This interview can be read in finnish also on my finnish blog http://www.keijukammari.blogspot.com
If you enjoyed this interview remember to read interview of the featured artist of march also
                                                     Much love and light
                                                        to all my readers
                                                     and visitors 

torstai 3. huhtikuuta 2014

Digital Stamps

Hello blogging friends!
Spring is coming very slowly here. It's about +1 celsius here today :(
I have very happy news today! Digi stamp selling Company Squigglefly starts to sell my digi stamps on their collection starting on may!
Here you can visit their web-page.

These cards are made By Merkku
Merkku from Merkku´s blog was testing some of my digi stamps. She did gorgeus cards based on my designs. I like the bright colors and simplicity .)

"Fairy queen" digi stamp

"mermother and merchild" digi stamp
At this moment you can buy my digi stamps from my etsy- shop. I add new designs almost daily.
This week inspiration avenue theme is "Marigold"
I went to see hairdresser on the other day. I picked one hairstyle magazine and saw this beautiful braid. That became my inspiration for this new painting.
Very inspirational spring days to all my readers

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:

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

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

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

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:
                               You can connect me on my Facebook page as well

          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.


perjantai 14. maaliskuuta 2014

About bears, illustrations and some things that make a honest business owner angry

Hello blogging friends!
I've had extremely difficult past two weeks. I really wish I could have taken part on more challenges (IA, paintpartyfriday, illustrationfriday) but no. You know bad things sometimes start roll like a snowball.
I think that was the case. First of all my grandma was diagnosed with stomach cancer not too long ago. She is having a surgery today so lot's of positive thinking to that direction.
I started to fullfill my long-time dream to start my own business.
I have a finnish web-shop open now. You can find it here:
For those who don't speak finnish (quite many I believe :)
Please visit my etsy-shop. I add new things there almost daily
There is one thing that is really bugging me. Sometime ago I got a call from a fraudregister. I didn't order anything but still they sent me a bill.
I googled this register and turns out that they actually rob money from starting business owners.
You never order anything but they still send you a bill and when you want to complain you have to call to phoneservice that costs 25 euros for a minute (outrageous!)
For those finns who visit here read this:
I did leave a crime-investigation form to the police about this.
I really hope this register is going to be closed very soon.
I usually consider myself very calm and honest person
but that kinds of frauds and dishonesty just make me really angry.
All this has given me lot's of migraines lately.
Luckily I have some good news also :)
I have started a Brand New Project

Those who have visited my blog before might remember my visit to Croatia and the bear refuge last autumn.
I loved being there and taking photos of our furry friend and also hear all the bear stories By the fire.

I did so many aquarells there. Im very proud of them.
I was tossing ideas about a new book Projects.
Then I realized the idea was right in front of me. To collect all those bearmyths and stories I heard to a children book.
Here are some of the illustrations I've done so far.
"Mielikki and the bears"
Mielikki is finnish ancient goddess of nature, forrest and wild animals. She is also healer of the wounded animals.
In finnish mythology in some versions of bearmyths Mielikki is the one that brings bear in to life.
I like this illustration style. It has more slavic elements.

Another for the Project. This one is for the greek myth of Kallisto and how the bear consellation in the starsky was born.
When I looked other images made from Kallisto they show her as an adult woman. She was one of hunters of goddess Artemis and their average age was 12- 15 (Artemis is of course immortal) So in my visions she is not so "adult-looking".
I submit these to paint party friday and "Mielikki and the bears" to inspiration avenue. This week theme is "Green". One of my favorite colors. "Kallisto" for illustrationfriday. Theme is "spark" :)
I hope everyone are doing good I have many blogs to catch up.
Happy spring days to everyone
Love and light