keskiviikko 26. joulukuuta 2012

Frosty winternights

 
Good morning world:)
 
I hope your christmas has went well. I got so many things, cards and ate too much food (and I hate new year diets).
Picture above I took at christmaseve. We had -20 celsius and it was very misty outside as you can see.
 
 
I found my boy Noki peeking.
 
 
and my baby girl Pumpuli was guarding our presents (well. not really a baby she is 13 years old).
 
 
Among others I made some candles as gift. The mass looks like caramellsprinkles...
 
 
November was "not so much painting" month for me. Above you can see my "earthkeeper dragon" I painted him on august already but I just got him scanned.
Was any of you scared of mayan prophesy? My dragon holding the globewould fit for it. End of the day 21.12.12 I was playing card with my sister at a railwaystation (and drunk men walk by us and wished merry christmas... crazy world).
 
 
Here is my lates artwork "three wishes". I wanted to paint my genie with some vintagelook.
Im gonna try to make sepia-version from this with photoshop. "Three wishes" is my this week entry for illustrationfriday. Theme is "glow".
 
Thank you for visiting
Wish you beautiful 2013
 
Love and light
Niina
 
 
 

keskiviikko 5. joulukuuta 2012

Illustration friday: strech and winter wonderland


Good mornign everyone!

I haven't taken part for Illustration friday yet this year (and it's already december omg..)
But here is my entry for the current theme : strech.

My latest ACEO. Has a little mer-child. She stretches her head to see these weird white things falling from the sky. This one is called "what on the sea is this".
Painted with acrylics.



Continuing with the winter theme. ACEO called "winter wears a mask". This is my bit modernised version of the snowqueen. She is going to enter ball of the wintercastle. My entry for creative everday december theme: celebration




I signed for a day trip to Lapland for next week. We'll see if I make it there. Anyways Aurora Borealis of northern lights as they are known better are isnspiration for this ACEO

ACEO comes from "Artist cards edition and originals". Size of ACEO card is 2,5 x 3,5 in always. Size of a basic trading card. They are collected world wide.
All my three ACEOs above are on sale in my ACEO shop here:http://www.artcardswanted.com/artist.cfm?MID=5036

We finally got snow here (and cold freezing wind)
I think I need to take a photography trip to the forrest next weekend.
Here are some winterimages from past years.


From the nearby forrest.


Frosty river


Powdery first snow

Thank you for visiting!
Stay warm
Niina




keskiviikko 21. marraskuuta 2012

Winter Fairies and Creative Tuesday Starry Night


Hey To All My Blogging Friends!

I hope everyone are doing good. Im bit exhausted. I've been on three fleaymarkets today.
I found some christmasgifts so it's all good.

It was again time to take part on http://www.creativetuesdays.blogspot.com . I missed the last challenge. I had so many school things piling up I had to focus on them. Now Im back.
This time theme was literally made for me... "Starry Night".

Actually both on my latest paintings fit for the theme. One with the fox has a legend behind it.
I've lived most of my life in northern Finland. It is enough north to get snow on winter (getting more rare every year sadly) but it's not enough north to see Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). 

Anyways... There is an old legend in Lapland that when the firefox runs trough the snow and waves his/her tail that is how the northern lights are born.

As a child I was very fortunate to travel even more north to meet my grandparents. I remember sitting on the snow and watching all those colors in the sky.



Here is "Winterbringer". I made this painting for a contest in deviantart. .http://www.rosydream.deviantart.com

Snowflakes come to the earth when the Snowfairy sprinkles her beautiful wings:)



        

I've been very much into Mandalas lately. This on I call "RuneMandala".

I was inspired by the Edda- poems and the Norse mythlogy

Grey wolf of the North
Squirrel of the East
Cow of the South
Wildboar of the West

As you can see it   is a compass also a wheel of the year.
Each rune fits for the specific sabbat.



Some mood photos for the End.

Look I knitted a Doll!
Im gonna make her some more clothes and accesories too!


My painting table with some lights. Brushes and a cup of tea. If you wonder the tootbrush
that's the best way to make some snowy scenes.

Thank you for visiting
May fairies sparkle your day!

Niina



sunnuntai 7. lokakuuta 2012

Creative tuesday break new ground

 
Hello to all!
 
It's such a beutiful autumn here in northern Finland. Air is rainy and crisp.
Weekends are dedicated for painting.
 
Once again I took part on creative tuesday. New theme is "break new ground".
I had an idea a bit more gothic fairy so that's how she looks like.
 
"She plays for the waves" is the title. Perhaps she plays for those who live under the waves.
Painted with watercolors and acrylics.
 
 
I love this one. "Golden leaves" finally finished. About time to paint an autumn fairy with
striped stockins.
Watercolor and hints of acrylics.
 
 
 
 

 
I went trough my papers and found some woodblock prints and engraved prints
I used do back in artschool 2009 - 2010. I put some card stocks behind them and decided to put some
to my etsy-shop. These are all unique with small number of prints.
 
Thank you for visiting
harvest blessings (whoo halloween is here soon!)
 
Niina

maanantai 1. lokakuuta 2012

Trees, dragons and fairies (of course)

 
Hello Everyone! I hope you've had a creative beginning of the week.
I've got some hectic time at school lately but gladly I still find the time to paint.
I took part to creative every day - challenge. I started to draw  my dragon baby for the september theme that is "Time". Sadly I didn't quite finnish it. It still fits to the new theme and that is "Trees".
 
So my dragon baby goes for the both themes. Time comes for the birth and death..
Since I don't have children of my own I decided to paint my very own dragon baby.
Gosh isn't he cute:) (alltouh Im nor really shore is it he or she).
 
Maybe in the future I paint him growing up and in the end he will be very old dragon with perhaps little dragongranchildren around him..Time goes by.
 
As for the trees since it's autumn almost all of my paitings has leaves, trees and foliage:)
I love the colors and scents of this season.
 

 
Last weekend was a sketchweekend.
Here is my coming painting for the creative tuesday.
 
She plays for the waves...
 
 
 
And I can't wait to get this one finished..
Fairy surrounded by golden leaves autumn miracle.
 
Here's the detail
 
 
Thank you so much for visiting my blog
you all inspire me
 
Niina
 
 
 


lauantai 15. syyskuuta 2012

Creative Tuesday and autumnal photos

 
Good morning everyone:) Sundays are great when there are no obligations. You can sleep as long as you like and paint artjournal in the morning (I'll put pictures from it in the future post).
 
Creative Tuesdays  has a new theme and that is "birds of a feather". I actually started painting this blue tit for few months ago. I wanted to try new techniques so paper is from and old book and I painted the bird on it with acrylics. Base is black carton.
 
Kinda amusing.. we've had extremely rainy summer now it is extremely rainy autumn I wonder if it will be a rainy winter also.. Of course I wish for snowy winter.
 
 
One more ACEO finished. This one had been laying on my desk.
 Now the treasure guardian is finished and is on sale in my shop
 
 
Yesterday I took a walk in the nearby forrest.. Gosh all the berries looks so good.
I think I need to make another trip today and pick some.
 
 
 
Little bridges were all over the forrest.

 
I was of course inspired by all the warm colors around me.
Few days ago I bought Linda Ravenscroft book "how to draw and paint fairyland".
There were great instructions on leaves and foliage.
Highly recommend. Of course the book had lots of fairies :)
 
I continue my artjournaling now.
I hope you enjoyed your stay
and come back again
 
Autumn Blessings for everyone
Niina
 
 
 
 

sunnuntai 2. syyskuuta 2012

Contest resolts


Hello everyone:)

First of all I wish to thank all of you who entered by contest. It was very helpful since I wish to know what images are most popular.

Here are the resolts:



 
"Elf can't sleep"
 
Elf can't sleep - came first. This one I painted few years ago as a chirstmas gift for my
sister. Rumer says it inspired her to write a story from an elf (which Im currently illustrating).
Image itself is based on a finnish christmas carol called "tonttu" (elf).
 
 
"Starcats"
 
Starcats- came in second. Cats singing carols:) Who wouldn't love that.
(Can you see my two cats singing too, here is a hint: other one is black and other one is white)
 
"Shona"
 
From all the "non-holiday images" Shona came first.
"Shona" is one of my oldest paintings (that I've wanted to keep). I think I painted this watercolor mermaid during 2005- 2006). It was inspired by one of my all time favorite book serier. Liz Kessler's  "the tail of Emily Windsnap" and all the Emily Windsnap books. Of course this book serier tells about mermaids and one of the mermaids is called "Shona". In the books Shona has green tail.. but I took artistic liberties:)
 
 
Meaning that "Elf can't sleep" , "Starcats" and "Shona" shall be printed as postcards. If things go well I shall turn other my paintings as postcards also.
 
Mina, Janna, Sanna, Riikka, Salla, Jaana and Cathy.. You'll all get suprises from me during coming winter/spring:)
 
Stay tuned...
 
Niina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

sunnuntai 26. elokuuta 2012

Fairyswing!

 
Time for some new art  yeeiíi!
 
I took part on creative tuesday. This time the theme is "curls". Since it didn't needed to be curls in hair I tought I would paint a fairygirl into a swirly and curly nature swing.
 
Stripe socks.. gotta love them:)
Original painting is on sale at my etsy shop here.
 
There is still time to enter my contest/questionaire (see the previous post). September 1st is coming soon:)
 
Thank you for visiting and looking my art fairies
Please come back again soon!
 
-Niina

torstai 23. elokuuta 2012

End of summer and arrival of autumn


Hello everyone:) Summer has gone by and left beautiful memories from places near and far.


Images you wish to maintain.


Bright sunny days turn into...



Different colors of leaves in full bloom


Between wondering in nature I've been surrounded by inspirational toughts once again I took part of Creative every day - challenge. Since these challenges go on all year I tought I could try making an artjournal. I haven't never done any. I've done note books but not illustrating them by myself.

For the cover I painted a mermaid with acrylics. I tought she swam well to the blue backround.


As for the challenge theme for this August is "Shadow". It took me sometime to think about it.
Then memory came to my head. Dream I had when I was a child about a mermaid. Intresting thing in that particular dream was that I only saw the silhuette of the mermaid. That's why I painted the shadow of the mermaid to add some contrast I added snowflakes to the page.

Have you every seen mermaids and fishes swimming in the snow? me neither:)
The next page is still unfinished as you can see. I'll upload better version when finished.

There is still time to take part to my postcard draw 'till september 1th
here is the directions:


For sometime I've been thinking that I should print some postcards from my artworks.

But in this case I would sell cards trought my web-page/blogs
and who know's if my cards gets reaally popular I might make some prints and posters aswell.

This is where you guys come in. I have many works here in deviantart also in my facebook fanpage
and in flickr  . Go to some of these sites. Choose 3 artworks you would like to see as postcard and one of them must
be winter/christmas related! then you send me an e-mail niinaniskanen@gmail.com and there must be your contact info
names of the artworks you would like to see as cards and please write some information about that why did you choced those cards.

You got time all the way 'till september 1st 2012. I'll draw three winners (or maybe more who knows) and these winners get
free comissioned artworks from me, posters and of course postcards!
............................


Thank you for visiting and please come back again soon
Niina







perjantai 17. elokuuta 2012

Fox of the purple season


"Fox of the purple season"

Once again I've decided to unite two of my favorite subjects.
My favorite season : Autumn
and one of my totemanimals: Fox

This is my latest ACEO (Artist card editions and originals) Size of ACEO is 2,5 x 3,5 in so this artwork isn't any bigger than a trading card.

I just listed this to my etsy shop please have a look

Thank you for visiting!
Niina


lauantai 9. kesäkuuta 2012

Niina's super duper Card Contest

:iconrosydream:

Hello there all you wonderful people!

For sometime I've been thinking that I should print some postcards from my artworks.

Of course I already have few places selling my art as postcard
like [link] and [link]

But in this case I would sell cards trought my web-page/blogs [link] [link]
and who know's if my cards gets reaally popular I might make some prints and posters aswell.

This is where you guys come in. I have many works in deviantart also in my facebook fanpage [link]
and in flickr [link] . Go to some of these sites. Choose 3 artworks you would like to see as postcard and one of them must
be winter/christmas related! then you send me an e-mail niinaniskanen@gmail.com and there must be your contact info
names of the artworks you would like to see as cards and please write some information about that why did you choced those cards.

You got time all the way 'till september 1st 2012. I'll draw three winners (or maybe more who knows) and these winners get
free comissioned artworks from me, posters and of course postcards!

Any questions:) pop me with a note

Love light
and fairyflight
Niina

sunnuntai 3. kesäkuuta 2012

Illustration friday: Hurry and some summer leaves


Illustration friday's challenge this week is "Hurry". I decided to paint something bit different. You'll see my fox isn't in a hurry. He is quitly sleeping in autumn forrest.

I love foxes. Such beautiful animals.


Here is a leafornament. This is a comissioned illustration.

Thank you so much for visiting:)

Love and light
and fairyflight
Niina


lauantai 12. toukokuuta 2012

Pictures from my artshow and a new painting



At this moment I have an artshow going on in a small cafeteria called "Tuomenkukka", in Oulu, Finland. If you happen to be around you are mostly welcome.

Cafeteria is also a greenhouse. I was pleasently suprised how well my painting fitted there.


Here is my lates artwork. It is called the "owl flight".
I started with painting an owl and suddenly a little fairy jumped aboard.
This one has a little autumn feeling... it's been raining lasts two days here... I guess it gives me autumn mood...

Thank you for visiting
and come back soon
Niina