Friday, June 1, 2012

Paint Party Friday: Week12, Year 2 Check In Featured Artist: Sigga Dis

image courtesy of Sigga Dis

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.

image courtesy of Sigga Dis

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.

image courtesy of Sigga Dis

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.

image courtesy of Sigga Dis

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.

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Thanks so much, Sigga! If you would like to see more of her artwork, please visit her at:

Blog: www.Siggadisart.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Siggadisart
Shops: www.Society6.com/siggadisart
www.Cafepress.com/siggadisart
www.Etsy.com/shop/siggadisart


NOW IT'S YOUR TURN...
WE WANT YOU TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY!

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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!

44 comments:

  1. Wonderful interview!
    Beautiful art and a beautiful spirit!
    Thank you for sharing, Kristin xo

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  2. That is so inspiring that Sigga went to University for art at 42. Wonderful interview!

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  3. Thank you for hosting Paint Party Friday, Eva and Kristin!
    So glad you featured Sigga Dis and her paintings this week! Great interview!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  4. Love Sigga's work. Enjoyed the interview. Happy weekend to everyone. Happy PPF!

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  5. Loved reading about Sigga. Starting at 42 to be an Art teacher and to have solo shows is wonderful. Very inspiring. Happy PPF.

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  6. Love Sigga's bright colours and to go back to Uni is a very brave thing to do. It sure paid off, beautiful work.
    To sell so much at your solo exhibitions is just fabulous.
    Von

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  7. Sigga Dis, your art is quite lovely!

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  8. Lovely interview, thank you for sharing Sigga, Annette x

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  9. Happy PPF you all, have a great day! Valerie

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  10. Hello everyone, a great interview and original art, I wish you a happy PPF. Hugs and xo

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  11. Great art, Sigga! Love the blue woman in the first pic. Happy PPF everyone! I tried my hand on drawing some summer feeling to get back in the swing of things.

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    1. Thank you Kokopelli, the blue one is one of my favorites.

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    2. Tank you Kokopelli, the blue one is one of my favorites.

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  12. Hello Eva and Kristin, I love the featured artist this week, thanks so much for the interview and possibility you give us to meet up here on a Friday!

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  13. Very inspiring interview!!! It's never too late to go after your dreams and inspire others to be dreamers too! Beautiful work!
    cheers, dana

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    1. Thank you Dana for your nice words.

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  14. Wonderful interview ~ love hearing about Sigga, her art and her present journey ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  15. What an inspirational artist Sigga is! I love that she went to university at 42 - I'm 41 now and it gives me hope that maybe it isn't too late to change career direction and make something of my art! I love her ladies with clumsy faces and how fabulous that she has had 5 solo shows - really inspiring!

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  16. Great interview! Wishing you good luck on your shop. And I love that angels have been a theme for you. I tend to be infatuated with fairies.
    Catherine Denton

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  17. What a lovely interview and such beautiful paintings! Happy PPF!

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  18. I can totally relate-I taught for 6 years art week at my local elementary and now in my 40's starting an art career.
    really inspiring to me!! LOVE the big nose face too. take care

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  19. Loved this post! A talented artist and I can tell a very kind person. :)

    Happy PPF!
    ♥Jenny

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    1. Thank you Jenny for your kind word.

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  20. Beautiful interview with Sigga..totally inspiring and gorgeous art and creations! Wonderful!
    Happy PPF
    Victoria

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  21. I have been enjoying Sigga's art since joining PPF this round. I love her large nosed women the best!!! They are awesome! It was fun to learn more about Sigga's journey as an artist and I wish her continued success! She certainly is well on her way.

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  22. Really great interview so interesting to see what inspires other artists! :0) x

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  23. Inspired by a visit to a farm today. Inspiration can be a wonderful surprise things that would never come to mind if not experienced. Happy creating :)

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  24. Wow...That's cool! Greatly inspiring interview...
    True...with experience and experiment on various mediums can really make one fearless!It surely does give confidence:)
    Great Going Sigga:))

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  25. Great work! And thanks for introducing me to Mystele. have been enchanted by her work on her blog. Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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    1. Thank you Heartworks... Mystele is so great teacher, love her..

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  26. Thank you all for your nice comments. I was very happy to give this interview in this community. We all love to paint and I think it is great if one can inspire another.

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  27. Thanks again girls..i love the work of the featured artist...xxx

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  28. as I peruse the list, I am delighted by how international this website has become. I have seen many different languages here, but the main language is art which is easy to understand even without a common language.
    Great job here!!



    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

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  29. ps, when I signed up for PPF yesterday, I did not see THIS post. Siggadis, it is nice to meet you and I must tell you, you have a lot of good stuff happening in your paintings. I particularly like the last one, the background design really makes it.

    happy PPF



    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

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    1. Thank you Mimi, I love the last one to, she is big and she is beautiful..

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