tiistai 29. syyskuuta 2015

Creative Tuesday: Gifting

Hello dear bloggers

Sorry for being away for a while.
Time flies. I moved here to UK about two weeks ago.
I'm actually going back to Finland for October and return to UK in November.

To be honest with you I felt myself a bit isolated for the first few days. 
I had extreme jet lag and it took some time to adjust.
Now I'm bit sad to go back to Finland since I've met some really great people here
and school is full of creative energy.
But it's all waiting when I get back.

It's been really beautiful and warm autumn here in northern Wales.
Here's some pictures from the countryside.

Creative Tuesday's challenge is gifting

I have a very strong feeling I'm meant to be here.
That is a gift.

When you think about it life is a gift full of gifts.

Thank you for visiting

maanantai 7. syyskuuta 2015

Brief history of the Finnish Fairies

Hello fairy friends 

I just recently uploaded a video about the brief history of the Finnish fairies and my thoughts on fairy folk. You can find it on my YouTube Channel
In Finnish fairy is called Keiju. 

Keiju comes from the word Keijungainen and keijungainen is a creature in Finnish mythology.
It was described as a small creature with wings. It was usually black or white. Keijungainens were very much related to death. You might find the dancing on cemeteries and sometimes they were considered to be the spirits of the ancestors or people who have passed away.... spirits who haven't been able to move on.

Beside the creature Keijungainen there ain't other creatures in Finnish myths similar to the modern fairy image (cute, childlike with wings). 
We do have lot's of personifications for different phenomenons in nature. 

Katajatar = spirit of juniper
Koivutar = spirit of birch trees
Kuutar = spirit of the moon
Tähdetär = spirit of the stars
Panutar = spirit of fire
Ilmatar = spirit of air

and so on....

Flower fairy art from Mary Cicely Barker

This image of modern fairy (Tinkerbell type) came to Finland just about 200 years ago from Victorian England through first translated children's books.

When first Finnish children book authors like Topelius and Anni Swan started to write their own stories they didn't want to use this creature Keijungainen because it was so dark. They took the word Keiju and influences from the Celtic and Irish Fairy folklore. These folklore's got mixed with the Finnish folklore and that is how small winged fairies arrived to Finnish mythology and folklore.

Dancing nature sprite and elf illustrated by one 
of the first Finnish illustrators Rudolf Koivu

I get often asked the way I see fairies. 
There are people who consider fairies as light creatures such as angels and unicorns. 
I never had this kind of ideas and probably because of my years of research on fairy folklore.

I believe angels and unicorns are very angelic creatures. Made from pure love and light.
Almost like they are neutral for every other emotions.

Fairies I see as very human like creatures. One of my favorite quotes is from the book Peter Pan where Tinkerbell is described so small she can only hold a one feeling at the time.
She can be sad, happy, angry whatever she wants.

Capacity to feel just like humans make fairies more approachable for me to work with them and create fairy art.

First of all I see fairies as nature protectors and nature guardians. 
That being said the ancient Finns who had the personifications for everything in nature and the modern Finns who respect the old habits are in fact always surrounded by fairies while spending time in nature because after all

Fairy = nature spirit

For those who wish to seek more info on this matter
One of my favorite books is keijukaisten lähteillä written by Suvi Niinisalo (in Finnish only Sorry)
Beautiful combination of Finnish fairy folklore with European art history

Thank you for visit

keskiviikko 2. syyskuuta 2015

Creative Tuesdays : Container Garden.. sort of

Hello Blogging World :)

University just sent the first assignments (I haven't even moved the country yet..still few weeks)

Creative Tuesday's September theme is Container Garden

Goes well with the assignments which is to draw all things growing. 

I'm terrible with plants.. honestly even cactus's wouldn't survive.
 I really like terrariums. 
Maybe some day I'm brave enough to make my own
but for now I settle with terrarium illustrations.

Thanks for stopping by

sunnuntai 30. elokuuta 2015

Sunday Sketches: Watching Bones

Hello Folks!

It's autumn my favorite time of the year.

I like this chilly weather but Noki my halloween cat boy doesn't really enjoy it.

I've been busy packing things. Moving is getting closer and closer. I also got material list to my e-mail. So exited to gather art supplies for up-coming studies.

I have some fan-art finished.
I'm huge fan of the tv-series Bones. 
Currently 10th season going on in Finnish television.

Here is one of my favorite characters Dr. Sweets
Played by actor John Francis Daley.

Watercolors and white acrylic

Submitted to Sunday Sketches

Thank you for stopping by

torstai 27. elokuuta 2015


Hello blogging world!

I hope everyone are doing great.

I've had really bad luck this month. The surgery I was supposed to have in August was removed 'till later this year. 

It has been really frustrating because I'm moving to UK in September and now I need to fly back to Finland just to get into surgery. I still don't know when the surgery is going to be. I've been pretty depressed because of this (self-diagnosed) and I haven't felt like updating my blog or social media that much.

Time to take a grip. 

Here is my newest painting


(c) Niina Niskanen
Watercolor on acid free cold pressed watercolor paper

Juksakka is a Sami goddess. She has two sisters; Sarakka and Madderakka.

All three goddesses are related to childbirth and protecting children.
Juksakka is a goddess who watches over the development of the child from conception through early childhood.

Juksakka is also known as a "bow woman"
She is also goddess of hunting and wilderness.
She has similarities with the Greek goddess Artemis but do no mix the two because as a Sami goddess her existence and context are linked to Sami culture, northern nature and the folklore of Lapland. 

You can find postcards and prints made from this piece from my redbubble-store.¨

Submitted to Paint Party Friday

Thanks for stopping by

sunnuntai 9. elokuuta 2015

Short break

Hello blogging world

I have a surgery coming up tomorrow. 
Nothing serious but I don't think I'll update my blog during the sick leave.

See you all again when I'm healed.

Love and light

tiistai 4. elokuuta 2015

Creative Tuesday: Picnic

Hello people :)

I hope everyone are having a fabulous Tuesday.

Creative Tuesday - challenge this week theme is Picnic.

I first tried to drew Picnic stuff but I didn't like what I drew 
then I went to my mixed media storage and here's the result.

Weather in Finland has been really bad. 
This is officially third coldest summer for a hundred years.

So it's almost a luxury to go for a picnic. 
Weather cast did say it's going to be warmer in August. 
Fingers crossed.. anyways in my picnic there is my favorite summer food; 
tea with lemon slices and some watermelon. What else do you need.

Materials used:

craft maple leaves
card stocks
marbled paper
nail polish
watercolor textured paper
tin paper

Thanks for stopping by
Stay creative