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

torstai 20. helmikuuta 2014

Me and the model

Last year I did this painting of the beautiful burlesque dancer Cherry Dee Licious. Here is a picture of me and Cherry and the painting. For some reason I just love having these kind of me-and the model- and the painting pictures. So in the future I'll try to take more of these :)

Nowadays Cherry (along with her duo partner Tin ker Bell from The Ravishing Shangri-La Rubies) is also my burlesque teacher and I love going to their dance classes! I'm working on a painting of Tin Ker Bell right now and I'm sure I'll do another painting of Cherry in the future as well!



lauantai 8. helmikuuta 2014

Stencil-series exhibition

Currently I have an exhibition of my stencil-series at the mbar in Helsinki. The mbar is an atmospheric bar, terrace & café in the heart of Helsinki founded by media artist and theorist Tapio Mäkelä. The mbar hosts regularly visual art exhibits. I'm happy to present my own artwork this month :)


Red stencil

Here's a new stencil painting I did a while ago. 

My stencil paintings take strong influence from street art. I love the rough surface of aging walls and I’ve created the backgrounds of my stencil paintings to be uneven and rough, distinctivly resembling those rough old graffiti filled walls. On top of the abstract painting I then place a portrait. Painting portraits is something that I’ve done for over 10 years and this time I combined it with my passion for graphic design. I try to minimize the facial features into a logo style image. Even a minimalistic portrait can express a lot of a persons inner emotions. 

I did the first stencil image in 2004 and last year I started to do a series of similar paintings. Who knows how many more I'll do in the future ;)

Red stencil (50x70 cm, acrylic paint on carboard, year created: 2014)

tiistai 28. tammikuuta 2014

Blue

I seem to have a thing for blue right now. An overdose of blue it seems ;)
Here is my latest painting called, well...Blue (tadaa!) ;)

This was supposed to be a detailed, realistic painting but it took it's own course and turned out like this. Looks like a calm serene paintings...but wait a minute, is there something behind her?

I'm actually quite pleased with the end result :)

And here is something to the subject of blue...
one of my alltime favorit songs "Symbhony in Blue" by Kate Bush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8jL_FAAVsg




torstai 16. tammikuuta 2014

Swan princess

Last year there was an exhibition in Helsinki with russian art from the Tretjakov art gallery (link). I really liked most of the artwork and I decided to make a copy of one of the paintings. I chose the beautiful Swan Princess by Mihail Vrubel. Vrubel has a very special painting style and his "unfinished touch" is quite impossible to copy. As I tend to do with my copies this copy turned out pretty "loose". With that I mean that it's not a 100% copy of the painting...it's something similar and I try to learn something from the other artist brush stroke methods, composition and colour use.

I don't regard my copied work as high as my other art, but I love doing copies since it's such a learning experience. It's a common art teaching method that's been used for centuries. Unfortunately it's not possible for me to sit next to the original painting and copy from tha, so what I usually do is that I buy a poster of the artwork. Throughout the painting  process I have the poster next to me. Sometimes I look very closely to the "original" and sometimes hardly at all and I add my own thing to the painting.

Some of my earlier copies are:
Frank Frazetta - Thuvia maid of mars: 

http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2012/05/thuvia-maid-of-mars-frazetta-copy.html

Alphonse Mucha - The moon
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/08/the-moon-drawing.html
http://nadja-mariina.deviantart.com/art/the-moon-115608267

Gustav Klimt - Mäda Primavesi
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2012/07/tribute-to-gustav-klimt.html


Below is my version of the swan princess. The beautiful original you can see for example here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Swan_princess.jpg

In honor to the artist Mihail Vrabol I also added a photo of the artist.
Next to him is his wife Nadeshda who was a famous opera singer in her time and it is assumed that she is the model for the swan princess.  


Swan princess - Copy of a Mihail Vrubel painting
(50cm x 70cm, acrylic paint on canvas, year created: 2014)


Mihail Aleksandrovitš Vrubel &

Nadezhda Zabela-Vrubel





torstai 2. tammikuuta 2014

Interview

Recently I was interviewed for the website Passionhow.com. The interview is part of an ongoing art research project, which studies the origins of passion and what stimulates creativity. Here is the link to my interview: http://www.passionhow.com/nadja-mikkila-portrait-artist/



maanantai 30. joulukuuta 2013

Year 2013

New year always makes me thoughtful and I look back what I've done and what has happened around me. Here are some highlights this year:
- Me and Asko got engaged last summer :)
(you might have noticed that at some point I started calling Asko my fianc
é in my blog)
- I was the maid of honor to my best friend Ulla 
- I sold my first apartment (without a real estate agent!) and now we have a new beautiful almost twice as big home :) For the first time I have my own ateljee now!
- My artwork got published in an artbook!


Those are perhaps the biggest things this year :)
Here are some other things:
I became aunt to 3 kids (identical twin boys included), I did my first ever canoo trip, had my first ever dance gig in a bar (bellydance),
I started a new hobby of photographing insects (and abandoned houses), I had a small art gallery and got lots of wonderful feedback, I had some very nice vacations in Estonia and Germany and and and...

The more you think about the the more things come up that have happened last year. These were just a few in my life. Happy New Year!


sunnuntai 15. joulukuuta 2013

Burlesque Christmas

Yesterday we went to Burlesque Christmas event. It was fabulous! When you think of Christmas you think of Christmas trees and present and reindeers and Santa Claus and and and...well, we saw all that stripping and more :D I was especially delighted by the Christmas tree dance which turned out to be Bettie Blackheart.
Well yeah, we had a blast :) the show was great from start to end. Below is the event poster, which is a photo by my fiancé Asko.


All dressed up for Christmas

lauantai 7. joulukuuta 2013

a few black and white photos

I was browsing through some stuff on my PC and encountered these. A few photos I've taken of Asko. See, I can sort of take pictures too! I like to be in front of the camera aaand behind the camera ;)




lauantai 2. marraskuuta 2013

Like a haunted house

A few weeks ago me and Asko went to photograph this beautiful old abandoned building. It kind of looks like haunted house from movies. First of all, you can see Askos beautiful photos of the house here (askojonathan.blogspot.com)

My photos you can see below. I used some default camera photo filter for my pics, but sometimes it gives a cheap nice haunted look :D

previous blog entries with interesting abandoned buildings:
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/10/forest-house.html
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/07/abandoned-places-in-estonia.html
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2012/11/latvia.html