sunnuntai 21. kesäkuuta 2015

Archipelacon Pirate SF exhibition


I'm happy to announce that my artwork will be on display at the Nordic SF & Fantasy Convention Archipelacon! I will be part of the Pirate SF exhibition that is held in the Marienhamn library.

Pirate sf is a new and exciting category of science fiction and fantasy art. Its roots can be found on the treasure maps of seafaring steampunk adventures and the salty spray of Martian sea canals. Pirate sf takes you on a jolly quest beyond the stars riding wooden rockets on aether vortexes and with the Jolly Rogers hoisted!

The main exhibition on Pirate SF has works by: Petri Hiltunen, Tuuli Hypén, Kimmo Isokoski, Nadja Mikkilä, Marie-Therese ”MT” Olenius, Lasse Paldanius, Julia Savtchenko, Jenny Wiik, Arren Zherbin and Ninni Aalto.

The Archipelacon exhibition is open for members of the con and everyone else during library opening hours:
Mon–Thu 10AM–8PM
Fri 10AM–7PM
Sat 10AM–5PM
Sun closed

To purchase my paintings, please email me (nadja.mik(at)gmail.com). Both pieces are for sale :)

 I will be at the Archipelacon myself from Saturday till Sunday. Come and say hi if you are there too :)



keskiviikko 27. toukokuuta 2015

Dressed up to party

I don't usually go out much... I like to stay at home and paint...but whoa! Wait a minute! Look at my Instagram account, it's full of party pics lately ;)

https://instagram.com/nadjamariina/ 





lauantai 2. toukokuuta 2015

Twin Peaks

There was recently an event called "A Night in Twin Peaks" in Helsinki. I saw Twin Peaks for the first time when I was 12. I was really intrigued by the series... the first episode already grabs you, and you just wanna know what happened to poor, beautiful Laura Palmer. I don't think I have to go on explaining :) the series is just unique and mysterious. It has it's own feel and wonderful characters etc. What made a huge impact for me was the music too, my mom bought me the soundtrack CD as a present for my 13th birthday. I loved the music back then and still love it.

...and agent Dale Cooper! My first and only TV crush ever! I never liked boybands or any musicians in my youth, but agent Cooper was the coolest! :D Smart and handsome as he is :)

Anyway.... "A Night in Twin Peaks" was a wonderful Twin Peaks fan event in Helsinki and I was lucky enough to be a small part of it :) I was one of the working girls from One Eyed Jacks ;)
The guests of the event got the opportunity to be photographed my amazing Atelieri O. Haapala and I got my Twin Peaks image as well. So here are some pics of the One Eyed Jacks Girls at the famous Twin Peaks Black Lodge :)

Here is a video about the event (in finnish)
http://pmd.nelonenmedia.fi/video/video_clip_2028638_free_360p_none.mp4

Below are also some other pics from the event.
(from my Instagram: https://instagram.com/nadjamariina/)

Blackie and the girls. Blackie is Mrs O. Haapala herself :)


Laura Palmer
"The owls are not what they seem"
"He is BOB, eager for fun. He wears a smile, everybody run!"
My beautiful fellow One eyed Jacks girls :)
Me and my "royal flush" headpiece. First headpiece I ever made myself :)




perjantai 1. toukokuuta 2015

Painted

Last week I received an absolutley lovely surprise! Artist Nina Kuukari did this amazing digital painting of me :D I feel so honored that she chose me as a model for her work :)

You can check out more beautiful artwork by Nina for example here:
https://www.facebook.com/ninakuukari
https://instagram.com/ninakuu/

the painting is based on this photo by my friend Tinttu:
http://www.nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/06/rope-photo.html






tiistai 24. maaliskuuta 2015

Transient

I had an unvoluntary break from painting fro a few months. Around Christmas I tried to paint this and that, but it was mostly a struggle. Lately I've been so busy with other things that I haven't had any time for painting anyway. The other day I took one of my terrible Christmas paintings and tried to work on it and voilá it turned out nice :)
Sometimes it's good to get a little distance to everything. I feel like the ability to paint has come back to me :)

Transient (40cm x 50cm acrylic paint on canvas, year created: 2015)

Detail of Transient


a desparate attempt to safe the painting...painting the hands over...
First the painting looked like this, but I didn't like it (especially those bodybuilder arms!)


maanantai 16. maaliskuuta 2015

Helsinki Burlesque Festival 2015

My yearly tradition is going to the Helsinki Burlesque Festival. The festival was once again amazing! This year I got many pictures by the amazing Atelieri O. Haapala.

  • The first picture is me and my fiancé Asko :)
  • The second one is me and my lovely burlesque dance friends
  • The third pic is me and the oh so beautiful, talented and super creative performer Golden Treasure from Hamburg (my previous hometown!!)

  





tiistai 30. joulukuuta 2014

Beautiful winter

Winter is not my favorit season, but I sure love its beauty! Here are a few random snow pics from this winter. I'm a busy Instagram user these days, so all these pics are also on: http://instagram.com/nadjamariina/





maanantai 22. joulukuuta 2014

Behind the scenes

My fiancé Asko is a photographer and I get to pose a lot for his photos (lucky me!). Most of the times I accompany Asko on his photography trips. Sometimes I just hang around and sometimes I might actually have some good (or even brilliant :P ) ideas for a shoot. It is it's great to have a creative partner! Asko also gives sometimes ideas for my paintings and he tells me honestly if a painting sucks ;) This summer we had some very fun photoshoots with amazing finnish burlesque performers. Here are some behind the scenes photos from recent shoots.

You can see Askos photos here:
https://www.facebook.com/askojonathan


Helping out the master thief :) facebook.com/bent.vanderbleu

in tropical mood with beautiful Cherry freelancersfashion.blogspot.fi

maanantai 24. marraskuuta 2014

Showgirl stencil

I'm back working on my stencil paintings :)
They are just fun to do, since it's sort of graphic design and painting mixed. The newest one is again of my friend Cherry Dee Licious, also known as the Blogger behind freelancersfashion.blogspot.fi.

My fiancé Asko had a photoshoot with Cherry last summer and I helped out a bit. Here are some behind the scenes pics from our photoshoot:freelancersfashion.blogspot.fi/2014/07/shooting.html

and here is the previous painting of Cherry.

Showgirl stencil, 40 x 50 cm acrylic paint on canvas, year created: 2014, model:Cherry Dee Licious



perjantai 7. marraskuuta 2014

Glory

I've been extremly busy lately and I've had very little time to paint. But now I have the feeling that painting is coming back to me after a short absence. Here is a new painting I did. It's my biggest "portrait" so far. First I was painting this drowning lady in the river...but it looked like sh*t, so instead I started to paint this big blue portrait. I didn't plan much but just went for it (and modern society...during painting I just had to take a mean looking selfie?)... I stared at the painting for a week and did some minor improvements. Then I decided that it was ready. So here is "Glory", tadaa!

Glory (70cm x 100cm, acrylic paint on canvas, year created: 2014)




lauantai 11. lokakuuta 2014

Vigeland park


When I was 18, I went to the Gustav Vigeland "Eros" exhibition in Helsinki. I was deeply moved by the Vigeland statues portraying the power and emotion of people. In the exhibition I saw a short documentary about the Vigeland park (Frogner park) in Oslo, Norway and I promised myself that one day I'd visit the park. This week I went to a business trip to Oslo with a nice co worker of mine, and indeed we found the time to visit the park!

It was amazing! I was really happy to fulfill this little promise to myself, and the statues were so beautiful and impressive. Statues are often quite dead, just shells of people sort of...the Vigeland statues are different. They seem to radiate with life. It must be the fact how much emotion they have. I can't really decide which statue was my favorit...there are so many to choose from. Below are some random photos from the park.








part of the Vigeland park "tower"






lauantai 20. syyskuuta 2014

Abandoned places in Estonia (2)

I love abandoned places and I always take my camera out when I see an intruiging old building. For several years me and my fiancé Asko have done roadtrips to Estonia with our friends. Again this year, it was a perfect vacation and we saw a lot of beautiful places. Here are some of the abandoned buildings I came across. The white old manor is Riisipere manor, the other places are random buildings I came across.

Here's a link to some of my last years photos:
nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/07/abandoned-places-in-estonia.html



perjantai 5. syyskuuta 2014

Edvard Munch exhibition

There is a Edvard Munch exhibition in Helsinki at the Didrichsen art museum. I was invited to the exhibition opening through a friend of mine, and I was really happy to be at the gallery opening of such an exhibition! Edvard Munch is one of my favorit artists. I tend to like dark and symbolic art and some of Munchs gloomy paintings have always appealed to me. Before this exhibition I've seen a Munch painting  here or there at different art museums, but I've never seen this many paintings at once, so it was great to really dive in the world of Munch.

One of my favorits is the painting "Puberty", and I've also attempted to copy it. My copies are alwyas pretty loose...and in this painting I wanted to make the girl a modern day teen with smudged make up (inspired by the teenage girl from this music video: Kent - Kärleken väntar).


Copy of Munch painting "Puberty" 2009



tiistai 29. heinäkuuta 2014

purple

This summer I have continued my little hobby of photographing insects :) Here is my favorit photo so far. A busy bee and some beautiful purple flowers.

And here is a link to the photos from last summer:
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/09/the-smaller-things-in-life.html


lauantai 28. kesäkuuta 2014

Extravaganza

It was time to do a painting on wood again :) Lately I have been doing many abstract paintings, so now I wanted to do something very detailed and more realistic. This is a painting of burlesque dancer Pepper Sparkles www.peppersparkles.com. I saw her Mata Hari premiere act at the 2013 Helsinki Burlesque Festival, and eversince that events I've wanted to paint her in this beautiful lavish costume. Earlier this year we arranged a photoshoot and now I finally managed to do this painting! Pepper is a lovely person and so beautiful! I'm pretty sure I'm going to paint her again sometime and I always look forward to see her on stage! Her stage presence is incredible!

Extravaganza (36cm x 50cm, acrylic paint and pencil on wood, year created: 2014)


If you want to see Pepper Sparkles in action, take a look at her performance: