lauantai 29. marraskuuta 2014

Featured artist of November: Judy Pollard

(c) Judy Pollard

Hello blogging world!

It's time for the featured artist interview of November. This time I was happy to interview doll artist Judy Pollard. As a "fairyperson" I just adore these little creatures she makes.

Tell us about yourself who you are and what kind of artist you are?

Hello there. I am a 41 year old stay at home mom with 4 wonderful boys aged 10,9, 7 and 4. I've always have been fascinated in fantasy. I never thought I had a creative bone in my body. You could say my 4 years old draws better than me. But when my mother passed away 7 years ago, I was looking for some sort of outlet to bring in the sun again to my days.

(c) Judy Pollard

So I started out making soft sculptured dolls but then fell upon these wonderful artists making polymer clay fairies. I was immediately hooked. I would purchase fairies and have such a yearning to try to make my own.

How did you started your artistic hobby/career?

 I started making my own fairies in 2010. My first few fairies were pretty awful but I had such a desire to keep trying. And with lots of trials and errors and many many many hours of practice, I finally reached the look I was looking for. I am self taught and I don't use the correct tools that I'm sure would make a teacher cringe. I use toothpicks, my hands and baby wipes to sculpt each face. Each fairy is always hand sculpted from scratch.

   I hand sculpt with polymer clay. I use headset paints and acrylic paints. The hair varies from Tibetan hair to Teeswater hair.  I like to use ribbons on almost all of my fairies. I like to think it is my trademark. The ribbons are hand dyed from a lovely lady that I purchase them.

(c)Judy Pollard

What are the things that inspire you?
Do you have a message in your art?

      I try to make each fairy have a happy presence about them. These little fairies give me such joy     making them, I want the joy to be felt by each person who may come across one of my fairies. Color is a big inspiration for me. I love color and the more colorful the fairy the happier I tend to find myself with the end results. I use Ribbon on almost all of my fairies. You could say that is one of the characteristics that each fairy has that you would immediately know it's one of my fairies.

 Nature is a big part that inspires me. I tend to do most of my sculpting outside where I can see dragonflys in the summer and listen to the birds at other times of the year. The message in my art that I hope to project is positive vibes, happy feelings and the determination to not be scared to try. Thank you so much for taking a peek into my little world.

(c) Judy Pollard 

(c) Judy Pollard

                                                      Where can we find your works?

                                                      I do sell on my Facebook page

                                                       Thank you Judy for participating
                                                I wish you lot's of success and inspiration

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for featured
artist interview of December

- Niina

perjantai 28. marraskuuta 2014

December dreams

Hello blogging world :)

Where does all the time goes. Next week it's already December.
I've been a busy bee lately. 
Working, teaching, illustrating, making applications to schools..

Weather is far from wintery.
It's dark 24/7 and very rainy. I don't like it one bit.
When you live in such northern part of the world as I you can see the affects of the climate change.

 We didn't have any snow in December 2013 (it started to snow in the new year's eve)
I really hope we get snow soon. Black Christmas is very depressing.

Anyways.. creative tuesday challenge- theme this time is "December dreams". My dream right now is to get some snow.

Here is little cat that I painted. She is amazed by the snow and ice.

 "Hello there / December dreams"
(c) Niina Niskanen

I usually craft all holiday cards myself but this year I decided to paint some of them. I don't post them all here now since I don't want to ruin suprises.

Here is one I made for a person who likes my "fantasy paintings"

"Snow in the sea"
(c) Niina Niskanen
watercolors and felt tipped pen

Inspiration Avenue this weeks theme is to create artworks inspired by favorite artists. I have many favorite artists. Now since I'm applying to artschools to continue my illustrating studies I thought to share some sketches that were inspired by one of my favorite Finnish illustrator; Marjaliisa Pitkäranta (1941 - 2003)

I love detailed style. I have a big collection of her postcards. There is even foundation based for her illustrations. My childhood favorite children's books were illustrated by her.

(c) Marjaliisa Pitkäranta

(c) Marjaliisa Pitkäranta

Here are some of my "gnome" sketches. I guess my drawing style has some mlp- influence.

These sketches are for a story that my sister has written.
I hope we get to publish those stories in a book someday.

"Jape - sketches"
(c) Niina Niskanen

Submitting also to Paint Party Friday

That's all for now
Thanks for stopping by

maanantai 3. marraskuuta 2014

Minty tea time

Hello blogging friends

I hope you've had great Halloween weekend (those who celebrate it).
We had snow few days ago here in northern Finland but sadly it has melted away by now.
I hope we get snow in December. I didn't have any holiday mood last year since it was raining on Christmas.

I joined this fun art challenge called Teemakuun taidetta
In November challenge is to create 9 still life pieces.

 Here are my first ones.
On left there is one of my snowglobes (with a tiny moomin) and on the right
a candle holder and some orange candles. 
I used wet-on-wet technique.

Creative Tuesday - current challenge is Minty.

Only minty thing that came to my mind was minty tea.
I don't know if you can see it on the pictures but the page with the ink drawing has backround paper painted with minty/spearmint tea left overs.

I am bit tea-obsessed (and cartoon mug obsessed )

Here is a nice "tea" poem I found:

"The first cup moinstens your lips and throat
The second shatters my loneliness
The third causes the wrongs of life fade gently from my recollection
The fourt purifies my soul
The fifth lifts me to the realms of the unwinking gods

- Chinese Mystic

My camera's memorycard was missing whole last week that is why I can post my previous ct - entry just now.

Idea was to create artwork around found object(s) 

Watercolor buttons are simply made for caterpillars and butterfly wings.

 Here without the buttons

I hope to reach 1000 fans on my facebook art page before next year
So if you enjoy my art come for a visit

Love light and inspiration