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:




maanantai 9. kesäkuuta 2014

Cherry tree painting

Here is another flower painting I recently did. These paintings require a certain state of mind, that can usually be achieved at midnight. Most of my attempts of doing these kind of paintings fail, but that's ok since you learn from every try.

I just started to use Instagram, so my first pic was the pic below of this painting.
More of everyday this and that on Instagram: http://instagram.com/nadjamariina

Cherry tree (50cm x 61cm, acrylic paint on canvas, year created: 2014)



detail of the Cherry tree -painting



http://instagram.com/nadjamariina

sunnuntai 1. kesäkuuta 2014

flower painting

For the first time in my life I live in a house that has a garden! When we moved into this place I thought it's really nice for the dogs to have a garden, but I've realised how nice it is for us too! I especially have found a love for planting flowers. I don't think it's much of a surprise that I now paint flowers too. I've done a few experiments with some rather abstract flower paintings and here is one of the first that I'm pleased with.

Apple blossom (50cm x 70cm, acrylic paint on canvas, year created: 2014)

and here is my inspiration...flowers from our garden :)


torstai 29. toukokuuta 2014

sixties golden dress

Last weekend, I was visiting my parents and we went through old photo albums from my moms childhood and youth. My grandfather was a photographer so there are a lot of photos of my mom. So below is my mom Anne getting ready for New Year. I'm not sure exactly which year, but it's sometime in the late sixties.






perjantai 16. toukokuuta 2014

western photoshoot

We recently did a western themed photoshoot with Asko. We might do a few more sometime later.
Asko is a real big Clint Eastwood fan and in the past I have done this western style painting of him: http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/03/el-terror.html

Fun fact is that, I don't really like guns, but when I lived in Germany as a teenager my hobby was air rifle shooting and I was part of a "Schützenverein". So in real life I'm more of a rifle girl than a revolver person. Just kidding ;) in real life I hope I'll never be near guns at all!










perjantai 9. toukokuuta 2014

Just sayin'

Do I have to do everything myself? ;)


tiistai 29. huhtikuuta 2014

Abandoned car in the forest

A friend gave us the tip that there is an old (late) fifties car burried in a forest. So what did we do? We went there as soon as we could to see that beauty! Me and Asko have a thing for old things, especially if they are beautiful and haunting :)

Here are a few photos by Asko. We will later sometime have another photoshoot at this location.

Here are a few other beautiful locations I've come across:
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/11/like-haunted-house.html
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/07/abandoned-places-in-estonia.html
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2012/11/latvia.html
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/01/harilaid-lighthouse.html



and below is a little "making of" image of Askos photoshoot :)





torstai 3. huhtikuuta 2014

Portrait of Tinttu



Tinttu, 40cm x 50cm acrylic paint on canvas, year created: 2014

 
The model for this painting is Tinttu, who is a rope artist and photographer. You can see her work here: https://fi-fi.facebook.com/KoysitaiteilijaTinttuHenttunen

Me and Tinttu met each other about a year ago and started to collaborate a lot together, since our artwork is sometimes similar (we have both done for example "mermaids in ropes" without knowing of each others works). Here is a rope photo that Tinttu took of me last summer:
http://www.nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/06/rope-photo.html
I'm sure we will collaborate more in the future too :)

I'm planning a series of these kind of nudes. The first image of this series was in fact this self portrait: http://www.nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2012/10/self-portrait.html

My next models will be some girls with tattoos. Let's see how I deal with painting tattoos ;)

perjantai 21. maaliskuuta 2014

flowers and paint

Recently it was my birthday and I got a lot of beautiful flowers so I had to take a picture of them! I've started to do a new series of paintings last weekend and the next few days are dedicated to paint! Hopefully I'll be able to post some of my new paintings soon! They're quite different form my usual paintings...

Roses and a peony (from Asko). Notice that the flower matches the wallpaper!
Getting prepared to paint! (But not on this old beautiful russian table!)

lauantai 15. maaliskuuta 2014

The man and his gun

I'm engaged to a very handsome man :) Here is a recent selfportrait of Asko. The gun is a replica gun and it's the same gun that Clint Eastwood has in one his old western movies. I don't think I have to mention that Asko is a huge Clint Eastwood fan, he even has a Clint tattoo :)

Girls, look at those massive hands!


perjantai 7. maaliskuuta 2014

Ruska profile portrait

I'm having a good flow with painting right now :) The beautiful model for this painting is burlesque dancer Tin Ker Bell. I'm planning a more complex portrait of her and I decided to do this profile of her as a "warm up".
Ruska or Tin Ker Bell is also my dance teacher and the fact that I see her every week is very helpful when painting a portrait. I think I succeeded of making her recognizable and I kind of like the gloomy colours myself. Like Oscar Wilde said “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” Or I'd rather say the portrait is of both ;) 

Ruska (40 x 50 cm, acrylic paint on canvas, year created: 2014, model: Ruska)



torstai 6. maaliskuuta 2014

Helsinki Burlesque Festival 2014 (Tropical Tornado)

Last weekend was my third year at the Helsinki Burlesque Festival. This years theme was "Tropical Tornado" and the event was even more colourful than normally. Is that even possible?

I really enjoyed the shows, and you can see a glimps of the event in this clip. I also went to workshops of Kitten de Ville to learn some Bump'n'Grind burlesque and then I also went to the "Perlesque" workshop of Perle Noire. So last week I learned a lot about stage presence and I learned some new dance moves and I saw some inspiring creative people on stage.

My previous years "reports": HBF'13 and HBF'12

Me and Kitten de Ville after the workshop

Partytime photo by Minka Lindfors. I'm somewhere among the bunnies, showgirls and wizards ^^

Asko and Scotty the Blue Bunny, me and amazing Perle Noire, The beautiful Ravishing Shangri La Rubies