Welcome to Week 12 of Paint Party Friday (Year 2) and to the next edition of our Featured Artist Series! (Would you like to be a PPF Featured Artist? Please click here for details!) This week we are thrilled to feature a very versatile and enthusiastic artist all the way from Iceland. Please welcome Sigga Dis!
1) Please tell us a bit about your personal history with painting. (When did you start painting? How has your painting evolved since you first started?)
My name is Sigga Dís, I´m 53 years old, a Mixed Media artist and an art teacher, teaching children ages 6-16. I was 42 when I went to University to learn to become a teacher, an art teacher. I have always been doing some kind of art. Art class was my favorite class in school and I did go to art class after school too. I have been working with oils, acrylics, watercolors, glass, clay, making paper and just all kinds of material. If I´m not painting, I´m knitting or doing some needlework. I think my painting has been evolving all the time but today I feel like I can work with almost all materials without fearing that I can´t and that feels good.
2) What are your favorite techniques, media, and tools to use in creating your paintings?
I have been taking a few classes with Tam at Willowing.ning.com. The best class ever I think is the Live Book where Tam is teaching with I think 15 other teachers for one year. Each teacher teaches a different style and different technique. One of the teachers is Mystele. Something happened to me after her class where she was teaching us to paint ladies with a big nose and eyes all over the place. I just fell in love with her technique and since her class I have been painting and painting, having so much fun and liking my work very much. I'm using acrylics, watercolor, all kind of pens, stamps, paper, watercolor paper and just everything I have around me.
3) What is your favorite thing to paint? Why?
Painting angels has for a long time been my favorite. I have painted angels many ways, big and clumsy, small and beautiful and everything there in between. But I have also been painting all kind of things. Now after Tam's Fabulous Faces I learned how to draw faces and then I began to draw girls, ladies, beautiful angels and little girls. As I said before I´m painting clumsy but beautiful ladies now, but of course I continue taking Live Book classes as soon as they come every other week.
4) What is your proudest painting moment and/or greatest painting achievement so far?
I think that must have been when I had my first solo exhibition and sold a very expensive one. And now few weeks ago I was asked to have an exhibition, that was a good feeling. So now I´m going to have my 5th solo exhibition in 3 years and one more to come in September.
5) What's next in your painting future?
A few days ago I bought Kelly Rae´s e-book, Flying Lessons. It was on 50% discount for one day. I´m reading it and I´m going to learn from it now as I´m working on my own shop, having a blog and a FaceBook like page. Please come for a visit. It would make me very happy. I want to make something out of my art. And from now on I´m going to say like one of my FB friends said, I´m an artist and that feels good.
Thanks so much, Sigga! If you would like to see more of her artwork, please visit her at:
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Another busy party last week with so many lovely paintings! Can you believe it is June already? (How the heck did that happen?) Now, here is our check-in for this week's party:
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Have a great time at the party!