tiistai 30. tammikuuta 2018

Lighthouse painting

I have a thing for lighthouses! On my travels to Estonia I've visited several lighthouses
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/07/hiumaa-lighthouses.html
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2013/01/harilaid-lighthouse.html

For the first time, I did a lighthouse painting. This one is called "Safety"
For some reason after having a baby, I paint these sea themed paintings.


lauantai 27. tammikuuta 2018

Nordic Harbor

Let's go back in time 8 months or so... our daughter was born in May 2017. I got home from the hospital in a few days, and I think it was just a week or so later, that I wanted to paint again. I assumed beforehand that a baby girl would make me paint some sort of adorable pink flowers and butterflies or something...but instead I started to paint winter landscapes (...in summer).

So here is my first post baby painting "Nordic Harbor"

When you think about it, a harbor is a start of a new journey...new life certainly is such.

The original painting is for sale for 600€ and different size prints are available at https://www.posterlounge.de/nordischer-hafen-pr669277.html

Nordic harbor, 60cm x 80cm, acrylic paint on canvas, 2017



perjantai 19. tammikuuta 2018

Magpie king

Ink drawings continue! Here is the magpie king 😄
We have magpies in our backyard almost everyday. They are such intelligent birds ♥
Please notice that I'm also wearing a magpie shirt in the drawing photo 😉



tiistai 16. tammikuuta 2018

Greedy frog





Here is my newest ink drawing. The greedy frog, or rather toad. I'm also working on a bling bling loving magpie drawing right now. This year has started out great artwise :) I started to do more drawings sometime last autumn...it took me a few months to get back into it, but now it feels easy again. Like they say, it's practice, practice, practice...


perjantai 12. tammikuuta 2018

Macrojonathan insect photos

I've always been very interested in insects. In fact as a kid I used to collect spiders (which of course are not insects!). Photographing insects is one of my many small hobbies...but there is another one in our family who does photography better. My spouse Asko takes these amazing insect photos. You can check them out on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/macrojonathan/ (or on his website www.askojonathan.com)

I like to help Asko find models 😃 for example one day I went jogging, but suddenly came back with a huge bug in my hand! This big bug just flew before my nose and I had to catch it and bring it back home to Asko. It was the fellow in the first pic 😊 Obviously we set this lovely bug free after the photoshoot!





maanantai 8. tammikuuta 2018

Norway, Lofoten islands - travelling with baby

Me and my partner Asko travelled to the beautiful Lofoten islands in Norway in 2016 . We loved it so much, that in 2017 we wanted to go again to Lofoten! This time we just had a 2 month old baby along with us. Many people told us that it would be awful and impossible to travel with a baby. But we did travel together and everything went well :) did we have difficulties? Yes we did, but in fact the whole trip just gave us more confidence as a parents, so it was definitly worth it!

This year we had a borrowed caravan car (Fiat globescout) from Askos parents. It was luxury compared to our vacation in 2016, when we slept in the car trunk. But with all the baby stuff etc. we were pretty squeezed on our 2 week trip ;) this year with the baby we couldn't drive that much a day and we were pretty much twice as slow as the previous year. Also instead of sleeping somewhere on the road, we went several times to camping areas. Pretty much every other night on the road and every other night on a camping area. The camping areas are pretty cheap in Norway. Something like 25€ which is even cheaper than the average camping area in Finland! So when people complain about Norway being expensive, it's certainly not everything.

If you have any questions about travelling to Lofoten, you can drop me a line :) I might know a thing or two ;)
 





maanantai 1. tammikuuta 2018

Crested tit ink drawing

I promised more bird drawings! Here is a crested tit ink drawing. I just love birds!
This is my first drawing this year! I hope there will be lots of drawings this year :)


sunnuntai 31. joulukuuta 2017

Blue tit ink drawing

For pretty much 15 years my main medium has been acrylic paint. The last few months however, I've been back to drawing, which is my first medium. I'm currently at home with our baby girl and when the baby sleeps or is calmly playing by herself, I'm working on small drawings. It's just easier than working on big paintings, that require a lot of space. Yesterday I did this blue tit drawing. Today I've already been working on a new bird drawing, so stay tuned for more birds!


tiistai 26. joulukuuta 2017

Low budget Norway vacation - Lofoten islands

This summer and last summer me and my spouse have had the same holiday destination. The beautiful Lofoten islands in Norway.

On our trip in 2016 we had little money, but we still wanted to go (although Norway is expensive...but so is Finland anyway!). We drove to Norway with our 15 year old Volvo and had mattresses in the trunk. No shower, just gas station toilets and each night we just slept in the car somewhere on the road (we did seek beautiful locations everytime though!). Since we had so little money we just ate junk food...mainly we cooked noodles and pasta that we had purchased in Finland already. We had a small transportable fridge for milk and snacks. The only thing we spent money on was a whale safari. We saw a sperm whale and it was a dream come true for both of us :)
And I must say, this was the best vacation I ever had :)

Below are some pics. 
If you have any questions about travelling to Norway, send me email. I've been approached before by people asking me about Estonia (since I've traveled there a lot and written about it here in my blog).














 





























sunnuntai 17. joulukuuta 2017

Helsinki Heroes Art Gallery

For a while I've been thinking of selling my artwork on an online gallery. I've been seeking the right one, but suddenly I did no longer need to search for one, instead the gallery found me :)
I was approached by the Helsinki Heroes online magazine. The site was about to launch a new online gallery and I was asked to join. Of course I did, since this was just what I had been seeking for!

So now I'm selling my artwork also online through the Helsinki Heroes Art Gallery: http://helsinkiheroes.com/artgallery/

We did an interview with the magazine editor, so you can read my bio and a short description of every painting. It's been already a success for me to be part of the site, since very soon after the launch I sold my first artwork through the site.


















perjantai 15. joulukuuta 2017

Crazy hair year

You know the feeling, when you can't decide your hair color? Well, within the last year I had 4 different hair colors :D this must have been my craziest hair year ever! I loved my pink hair, but it was difficult to maintain, so after briefly going back to brown and having an accidental purple phase, I'm now back to blond :D


tiistai 12. joulukuuta 2017

Eleven

So, you might have noticed that I'm a Game of Thrones fan ;)
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2016/04/iron-throne.html
http://nadja-art.blogspot.fi/2015/07/archipelacon-weekend-and-epic-fangirl.html

I've been into fantasy art and fantasy literature and such. Dragons, wizards, vampires, witches...I just love the fantasy world (we all love to escape this world from time to time, don't we?).  I'm also into scifi and eighties (I was born in the eighties) so "Stranger Things" is obviously something I'm into as well :)

Strong women always inspire me. "Eleven" from Stranger Things is such a cool character. So vurnable and so strong at the same time. I've been doing some ink work lately and here is a little drawing I did of eleven :)


sunnuntai 10. joulukuuta 2017

Posterlounge - Prints

I'm nowadays selling prints of my artwork at Posterlounge.de
https://www.posterlounge.de/kuenstler/nadja-mikkilae/

The quality check for the site is very strict. That is very good, since this only means that you can expect very good quality for those prints!

I'm currently taking new photos of paintings and uploading them on the site in very high resolution. If there is a specific painting you'd like as a print, let me know :)




lauantai 9. joulukuuta 2017

Winter bunny

Here are some adorable "winter bunny" pictures of our daughter. She's about 6 months in these pics and they are taken by her dad Asko /www.askojonathan.com 
the location is our backyard.








torstai 16. marraskuuta 2017

Busy year

So this year has been quite busy. Last May me and my man became parents :) we have an absolutely lovely baby girl!

Despite being a busy mom, I've been able to do all kind of art things. I've done several new paintings and currently I've started to do ink drawings. I've never really done those...tried them out a few times like 10-15 years ago and now suddenly I'm doing ink drawings again :)

Also, I'm redesigning my website and I have new channels to sell my art and art prints. More about those later :)