Merry meet my fairy-souls! As some of you might know I am a fan of all animals great and small and I love to paint and draw animals (which usually is easier than painting f.e people..especially babies lol!). These holiday cards and many more are available in my zazzle-store. You can get to the invidual product pages by clicking the images.
Oh Christmas and cats...don´t even get me started. Many years ago when my cat Noki boy was just a kitten he used to chase his reflections in the mirror. But unlike December kitty Noki hated going outside.
Birds of Winter
You know how in every country certain animals are connected to winter time. Well in Finland little birds and especially bullfinches are connected to winter and Christmas. Back in the days people used to leave bundles of grain for them to eat. They are adorable creatures.
This is actually one of my oldest animal paintings... maybe from 2008.
Reindeers in the Night
More than any other of these card designs, this one was mostly inspired by fairytales. Especially Hans Christian Andersen´s Snow Queen and Sampo Lappalainen by Zachris Topelius. Both fairytales describe the northern nature with magic and beauty.
Field of Frost
Back to the little birds! Original was painted with acrylics and I sold it for a Finnish collector couple years ago (love when that happens). Design itself is one of the most popular ones. I tend to be often quite self-critical what it comes to my artworks but with this one I was especially pleased with the magical "misty" feeling it has.
That´s all for today :) For those of you in the northern hemisphere I hope you are having great time enjoying the winter nature.
Merry meet my fairy souls! For those of you who enjoy my paintings and illustrations here are some of my winter fairy greeting card- designs. You can find these and other Christmas/Seasonal Greeting cards from my zazzle store.
Winter Bringer - Fairy
This was loosely inspired by the Germanic legend of Frau Holle. She was a winter goddess who was told to create snowflakes by shaking sheets/apron. I turned the idea a bit so that the winter bringer fairy would create snow by flipping her wings (you´ll get straight to the product pages by clicking the images).
The Ice Fairy
Idea of the ice fairy was more straight forward. I was thinking all the colors in an icicle. How it reflects all the color spectrum. The ice fairy must have all those colours as well.
Aurora, Fairy of the Northern Lights
The only acrylic painting of the bunch. Aurora is the joyous fairy of the northern lights. To me this painting reminds me of my childhood. We used to spent Christmas at my grandparents who lived in the border of Lapland and northern lights were in the night sky every night.
Some of you might know this already but my family from my mother´s side originates from the Lapland of Finland and Sweden. I´ve always had bit of a soft spot for Saami myths and legeds and they have inspired many of my paintings and here I shall share some of those stories and artworks with you. Enjoy )O(
I am having a super sale in my artfinder shop
40 % off from all original paintings https://www.artfinder.com/niinaniskanen#/
I usually run a super sale before the holiday season so be quick and pick your favorite artworks :)
The question of our time!
You know how many people have their comfort tv-show that they watch again and again. It entertains, brings comfort and you laugh and cry or feel bit spooked. For most that is usually friends or Big bang theory but for me that is The X FILES and that is the truth that is out there.
Prints and other inter-galactic things available here.
Space/Nebula painted with watercolors. Text was written with masking fluid.
Artist and Illustrator. Mythology and Folklore enthusiastic. Keen traveler. Comes from Finland. Likes cats, tea, and such.
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