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Friday, September 7, 2012
here begins "listening to you" ~
posts of art or photography referencing listening from you
(if you have something you would like included, please
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
*this first piece is by the lovely sigga dis:
Hi my name is Sigga Dis and I am a mixed media artist and a art teacher from Iceland. I teach art to children age 6 to 16 and I just love my job as well as I love making my paintings.
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Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 06:00AM
This month's artist is Sigga Dis from Keflavik, Iceland. I met Sigga Dis in the Life Book 2012class that we are both taking online. I was immediately attracted to Sigga Dís unique and original style of artwork. I love the strong lines that she uses and brilliant colors. I also really enjoy her quotes and sayings that she incorporates into her artwork. One of her most striking mixed media series are her "Lovely Ladies".
Sigga Dis grew up in a small town called Seltjarnarnes, just outside of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. She now lives in Keflavik, a little town about a half hour drive from the capital. She is married to her husband of 26 years; has two boys, a girl, a dog and a cat. Sigga Dis is very excited about becoming a Grandmother for the first time in just a few weeks!
Sigga Dis is an art teacher, teaching art to children ages 6 to 16. She enjoys working with the kids, finding their work so creative and admiring their art (most of the time!). She has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember, taking some after school classes in art. To me her Lovely Lady paintings have a Picasso style to them. With sharp images, her famous elongated nose, and sometimes abstract facial features.
Sigga Dis has been fortunate enough to live and travel to many different countries to include India, Singapore, Sweden and Norway. When she was 20, she lived in India with her parents and four sisters for a year. Her father was working for FAO, UN. She had a wonderful time and fell in lover with India. I think that you can see her love for India in her artwork with her use of bright colors.
"I adore the colors of India, love their food and so many things in their culture. Three years ago I went there again after all these years and had the most wonderful time meeting so many of my old friends again, walking the streets, eating their food and just smelling India (now someone think that I´m crazy) I did stay for two weeks, practicing Yoga and meditation and was having such a great experience."
Sigga Dis enjoys creating her mixed media artwork using stamps, stencils, paints, pens and paper. Here is how she goes about the process of creating one of her Lovely Ladies:
"When I'm working on my Lovely ladies I start with my background then I try to find the eyes somewhere. When I have placed the eyes I start with their famous nose. Then one thing leads to another and I paint over and over again till I’m happy with my work. I add paper, butterflies, stamps and everything I get my hands on. I think I spend about 10 hours working on every Lady."
"All the time I have wanted to paint, glue and do all of the things that we use in Mixed media, but I did not know about Mixed media. So, I always thought I could not make a painting like that. One day, I found out about Willowing.ning.com. It was like a haven opened for me. There I found out that I could use all these things in my paintings. First I did take a class, Fabulous Faces, the teacher was Tam, she is the one behind Willowing, great teacher. There I learned to draw faces. I think it was the best class ever to start with. Then I took Mandala by Guada, wonderful class and now I’m taking Life Book, the best art class I could think of. The class is from 1. January 2012 to 1. January 2013. We have a new teacher almost every week and we are well over 1000 taking part. I had never thought one could take an art class on the Internet. I have also signed in to few groups and classes, always learning something new. After that I´m in contact with so many wonderful artists who all have working in mixed media in common. So if you want to take an art class, search the Internet, its all there."
Sigga Dis is currently exhibiting and selling her artwork at a small gallery in Keflavik, Iceland. She does have an Etsy shop, SiggaDisArt that is on vacation at the moment while she sells her work in the gallery. You can learn more about Sigga Dis and her artwork by visiting her blog "When I think of Angles I think of you - my art" and her Facebook page "SiggaDisArt".
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Sigga Dis and her artwork this month. Have a wonderful weekend!
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Friday, June 1, 2012
Paint Party Friday: Week12, Year 2 Check In Featured Artist: 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.
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: