sunnuntai 2. elokuuta 2015

Sunday Sunflower

Hello all artistic folk !

I hope everyone are having a fabulous Sunday.
This weekend me and my friend Sini hosted another meditative art course

There was very artistic attendants (once again).
If any of you is reading this it was a pleasure to have such a great and enthusiastic group to teach.

Few weeks ago I had art exhibition opening. 
You can read more about here.

My friend Anna visited there and we hadn't met for a long time so it was a nice surprise.
She gave me pretty yellow flowers and once I got home I made a little painting of them.

Here's my flatmate's cat (cat-mate?)  Mytty with the flowers.

Yellow flowers

Painted with watercolors on cold pressed acid free watercolor paper

More details.
I used different shades of yellow, little bit brown red and green.

Thank you for visiting

Love and Light

perjantai 24. heinäkuuta 2015

Art Exhibition Opening

Hello blogging world

I've been a busy bee. 

I had art exhibition opening last week and I had such great time
I met some friends I haven't met in a while. There was great art, music and food.
Thank you so much for all my pals who visited.

And to you who visit my blog as well.

Here are some photos: 

Paintings on the wall

This section was mostly inspired by the Finnish mythology and folklore

These ones by nature and it's wonders

Me and one of my oil color works

My friend Sari (who's music you can hear in my YouTube Painting videos) played some fantastic kantele music.

Submitted to Paint Party Friday

Thank you for stopping by
Have a great weekend everyone

sunnuntai 12. heinäkuuta 2015

Sunday Sketches: dream summer

Hello Blogging world :)

I'm really behind with my blog posts. Exhibition coming up next week so exiting. 
It's my last one in Finland for a while. 

Moving a country is a strange thing. 
I think I will miss Finnish landscapes more than Finnish people :) lol

I will miss my friends, family and cats of course.

So far summer has been windy and rainy. I've done imaginary trips to pretty forests and sunny beaches.

I also decided to join Sunday Sketches
I hope to find some cool new art blogs to follow.

Here is one of the paintings going to exhibition.

Amethyst forest

"Amethyst Forest"
Oil on canvas
(c) Niina Niskanen

I must tell you this was my first oil color painting for 10 years. 
I am very pleased with it. I had a photo reference but it was more for inspiration than actual model.
I see have quite impressionistic style with oil colors. 

I still identify myself as water-colorist

You can't escape your first love can't you ;)

Another one with forest theme First sun rays

"First sun rays"
Watercolor on acid free watercolor paper
(c) Niina Niskanen

Painting video:

Sunset beach work-in-process

Thank you for stopping by
Stay creative


tiistai 7. heinäkuuta 2015

Amethyst forest - Art Exhibition

Amethyst Forest - Art Exhibition 

Art exhibition Amethyst Forest fills the walls of handcraft shop Venka&Vinka in July/August 2015.

Artist Niina Niskanen opens a doorway between two worlds in her new solo exhibition. Artist is known from her very narrative painting style. Exhibition includes dreamy landscapes and little glimps to the world of Finnish mythology and folklore. Niskanen uses variety of techniques in her works such oilpainting, watercolors and mosaic art. 

Art Exhibition opening
 July 18th 2015 11am
 Venka&Vinka, Oulu marketplace, Aitta 16 (Saaristonkatu) 90100 Oulu

You might also come across some musical performances in the exhibition opening 

Amethyst forest - Art exhibition

July 18th 2015 to August 30th 2015 

Tuesday - Friday 11-17:00
Saturday 12-15:00
 Venka&Vinka, Oulu marketplace, Aitta 16 (Saaristonkatu) 90100 Oulu

Artist Niina Niskanen

Niina Niskanen (born 1987) is artist, illustrator and art&craft instructor originally from Northern Finland. She has kept numerous solo and group exhibition in Finland and abroad and in autumn 2015 she is moving to England to continue her studies among illustrative art.

For more info:



keskiviikko 1. heinäkuuta 2015

Cuckoo in the forest

Mixed Media/Collage

Time goes so fast. Few months and I'm moving to Wales to continue my art studies.
Before that I share some of my latest paintings with you.

I have art exhibition coming up within few weeks.
If you are travelling in Oulu area be shore to stop by at Venka&Vinka

"Cuckoo" is combination of acrylic and paper collage.

Cuckoo is very important bird in the Finnish mythology.
It's also known as the bird of destiny.

First cuckoo means the arrival of summer.

Sick and old people have counted years for their funerals and young people for their weddings from the cuckoo sounds.

Eastern Finnish poem tells from the moon maiden who weaves people's destinies. 
From maiden tears became three rivers. From three rivers rise three hills. On three hills there was three birch trees. On the top of the birch trees there was three cuckoos. Cuckoos can tell peoples destinies for those who come across with them.

"First sun rays"

Forest wakes up to the first sun rays.

Watercolor on acid free watercolor paper.

I filmed my painting process. You can find it here:

Submitted to Paint Party Friday and Teemakuu

Thank you for visiting

maanantai 15. kesäkuuta 2015

Creative Tuesdays: Aqua

Me and my friend Sini taught intuitive art last weekend for bunch of very intuitive students <3 p="">
Here are some piece I created.

Patterns for these two were made with plastic wrap.
Challenge answer for Creative Tuesdays Aqua theme

Little shamrock for good luck

All eyes wide open (including the third one which can see the invincible things as well)
Watercolor and graphite 

Submitted also for Teemataide and Paint Party Friday challenges

That's all for now

Happy Midsummer celebration for all those who celebrate it

Summer in Finland

Love and light

tiistai 2. kesäkuuta 2015

Creative Tuesdays: Orange (and thoughts on HSP)

Watercolor (c) Niina Niskanen

Just finished new watercolor piece for Creative Tuesdays. This time CT - theme is orange

I haven't painted still life art that much so this was nice.

I wrote about my HSP to my Finnish blog and thought to write about it here as well. I believe many of my artists friends might find this interesting. I've noticed that high sensitivity is very common especially among artists and creative folk.

Earlier this spring I realized that I am HPS (highly sensitive person). To be honest with you it was like having a enlightenment. I've always had problems in the past understanding why I got so overwhelmed in certain situations.

You can find many tests about hsp. I did the Finnish test and got very high scores.

You can find English test here:

Basically highly sensitive person's brain processes information and reflects it on more deeply. Meaning that highly sensitive people are more aware of subtleties around us.

It is estimated that 20 % of all world population are highly sensitive.

With children hsp is often mixed with shyness. I believe that shyness is fear of being judged.
 I was a very shy child. Now as an adult I'm definitely not shy I'm highly sensitive.

From all HSP 70 % are introverts and 30 % are extroverts. I myself am introvert. I'm best at my work when I get to work alone and especially in those works where one needs to concentrate. Of course I'm not a total hermit since I do enjoy company of other people as well but not all the time.

In my case there are different areas where my highly sensitiveness shows.

For example I can't watch extremely violent movies or TV-shows (no walking dead or game of thrones for me) I can't either play violent video games.

Sometimes it's also very difficult for me to watch news or read news. I can get extremely sad or angry.

Quite often highly sensitive people also have very high morals and idea of justice
I think all the bullying experiences I've had has effected also.

You remember the school that I wrote about and the bullying teachers. 
I took contact to the agreement office to work things out.
Unfortunately there was no agreement. I told that I can meet up anyone else accept that bitchy vice principal who caused me panic attacks few years ago.
She definitely wanted to be there and only would have agreed to meet me if I remove all  my blog texts. 
I said I could do some censoring if I get to talk with anyone else accept with her. I didn't want to have another panic attack and get all those nightmares back.

So there was no agreement but I came to the conclusion that all my thoughts about these people and wondering why they act the way they act are quite accurate. Of course as a school leader she could have easily give permission for anyone else there to meet me at the agreement office.
I guess some people just get kicks on picking others.

Teachers who pick students must have terrible self-confidence when they must make others feel miserable also.

 I easily sense other people's moods. I feel when someone is stressed, anxiety, scared, tired, happy or peaceful. I think this is why I've always had difficulties working in big groups.

As an artist I see colors and shapes perhaps more vividly than many other (I hadn't thought about it before I read about hsp)  When I paint and create art everything else disappears around me.

I also get easily overwhelmed if I have too many projects to work with or if I try to do many things at once. Quality is also bad then.

Quite often the most sensitive ones become artists and people with big cultural influences.

Some famous hsp comedians: Pirkka-Pekka Petelius (he is Finnish actor), Steve Martin and I'm pretty shore that Robin Williams was hsp as well.

Famous scientists: Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and Carl Jung.

Artists and visionaries: Walt Disney, Dali and Van Gogh

Directors, actors, musicians: Steven Spielberg, Michael Moore, Nicole Kidman, Barbra Streissand, Elton John, Bob Dylan and John Lennon.

Very often highly sensitive people are very conscientious. This often causes that we easily become people pleasers. I know I've been like that in the past in some relationships.

When one becomes more aware of all these aspects of sensitivity it becomes more easier to avoid all those things that causes stress and not to get so overloaded. When I understood this my life became much more balanced.

I hope this was helpful for some of you. 

Love and light to you all

Elaine Aron talks on high sensitivity