torstai 28. marraskuuta 2013

I just love art journaling


Good morning world:)

At this moment I have two A3 sized art journals. Above you can see one where I made a mandala for a cover. There is also a quote from  one of my favorite book "the alchemist".
There reads: "the secret of life is to fall down seven times and to rise up eight times"

I think it's very true and inspirational. Whenever you meet an obstickle it's possible to defead it.


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One of my latest pages called "Autumne". Inspired by all the autumn colors. Perhaps she is a season goddess  making all the colors. Who knows..




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This one I like a lot. It's a page called "Music and the movement". I found a photo from proschure. It showed almost "animalistic" and wild and free dance. I tought it was mezmerising and wanted to capture the movement so you can almost feel the music.


Inspiration avenue theme this week is "graditude" (and thanksgiving for the americans). Im grateful from many things (not any particular order) creativity, cat friends, friends, family, penpals, blog friends, art, seasons, and at this moment Im very happy that holidays are approaching. In Finland it's the darkest time fo the year but I find it very soothing to light up candles and put up decorations that have been around since my childhood.

Also submit these to:

http://www.paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com

http://creativeeveryday.com/creative-every-day-challenge

Im off to little vacation next week but I'll try to squeeze a blog post or two:)

See you next time
Niina



torstai 21. marraskuuta 2013

My little angel


Here is my latest artwork called "my little angel".

My darling cat Pumpuli passed away in september at the age of 14. She was extremely beautiful cat (half turkish angora) and also pretty spoiled cat but I still miss her a lot.

I believe she is a little cat angel now. It's being said that cats have ability to visit their families even after passing this world.

(c) Niina Niskanen 2013 painted with watercolors on aquarell paper.

Here she is



This picture is from year 2000. You can see our handsome boy Noki (the black cat) as tiny kitten.



Pumpuli R.I.P

I link my cat art to paint party friday

and creative every day

http://creativeeveryday.com/creative-every-day-challenge


Love and light and thank you for visiting my blog
Niina

perjantai 15. marraskuuta 2013

Mandalas


Good Morning world!

I realized I haven't shown my mandala's here in my "english blog".
So now you get to see them.

Above is my sun mandala and I hope it makes you smile. At least here in Finland we now live the darkest time of the year sun is very much needed.

This one I call "flower power mandala".

Mandala- word comes from sanskrit-language and it means "circle, universe or center". People have made mandalas trought centuries and longer than that. Most famous mandalas you can find in the hindu and buddhist- tempels also the circle window of the cathlolic churches have the mandala base.



This one is my "stamp mandala" which can be found on my artjournal. I used some old stamps I found on my stash.


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Last but not least my "rune mandala" inspired by the viking mythology. Wolf is for north, squirrel for the east, cow for the south and wild hog for the west.

I submit these mandalas to paint party friday

http://www.paintpartyfriday.blogspot.com

Love and light
Niina




maanantai 11. marraskuuta 2013

Inspiration avenue: houses and illustration friday: energy


Good morning blog world!

I took part on Inspiration avenue once again. New theme is HOUSES. I painted this little ACEO and call it a "christmas cottage".

Beautiful don't you think  and the original we'll be on sale on my etsy-shop.

ACEO:s (artist cards editions and originals) are small works of art collected and swapped world-wide. Their size is always 2,5 x 3,5 inches.



This is my entry for illustration friday. Theme is : energy.
I painted a cat full with blue winter energy looking for snowflakes with curiosity.




Here is one more ACEO. This one is called "snowman's buttons". He collects buttons and puts the to his big hat. This one also on sale in my etsy-shop.

Don't you just love zazzle. Look what I made:


                                                      and I just love this one


Here are some pictures for winter mood (these were taken last year by me).



Beautiful winter days to all
Niina

torstai 7. marraskuuta 2013

Grandma's attic and future galaxies


Good morning blog world!

This time inspiration avenue- theme is "grandma's attic". Well.. at least in my family both my grandmas love handcrafs and embroydryworks.

Maybe it's a heritage. Lady above is actually made by me (I think I was 15 or something).



These kitties are made by my grandma. Aren't they cute.


This one is also made by me (I  think I was 16 I can't remember) many years ago. This is one of my favorite. I love the beautiful and serene landscape.



On 3rd of november I finished this piece with  watercolors. Inspired by greek myth of the stars of Andromeda.


Space theme continued on the 4th day. I finished this piece called "Star horizon". Do you believe there are pirates in the future robbing galaxies? As you can see imagination is running free. I wonder what planet she is looking at?

I also submit these two to Paint party friday.



Much love and light to all and thank you for visiting
Niina




perjantai 1. marraskuuta 2013

Illustration friday: Secret


Here is my latest painting. It's called "Mielikki's winterdream". Mielikki is an ancient finnish goddess of nature and animals. Her husband is Tapio who is the forest king and the master of bears. Since Im always being found of mythology I decided to add some finish myths to my this years winter paintings.

Here Mielikki is sleeping with a bear, fox and a rabbit. Only one who is awake is a magpie. I still work with the goddess'es face and the outfit so this piece isn't finished yet. But I believe it's going to look gorgeous.

I submit this to illustration friday (theme is secret). Goddesses are so mysterious so I think it's fitting.
I submit these also to paint party friday.


And some of my aceo:s. Here is "Juniper". Little treespirit or dryad. She is on sale at etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/167733410/juniper-tree-spirit-fantasy-aceo?ref=listing-shop-header-0


And waves crashing to the cliff. Also on sale here:


I hope everyone had a great halloween and now we start to look forward to christmas

Love and light
Niina