tiistai 24. maaliskuuta 2015


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:

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


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:

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


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:

lauantai 28. kesäkuuta 2014


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


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!