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Why I paint

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We live in a time where following your dreams and intuition is something rare. To live a life in harmony and make choices based just as much on the wisdom from the right as from the left brain is something that needs training and conscious choosing.

Intuitive painting has for me become a bridge and everyday exercise that connects the analytical brain activity with the intuitive feeling from the rest of my body.

With the constant onslaught of heartbreaking news and pressure from society, family and work, it’s easy to feel fearful and overwhelmed.

I get that. I feel it too.

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This is exactly why it’s more important than ever to feed our souls a daily dose of uplifting stories, meaningful experiences, and creative inspiration. Everything that fills our hearts and inspires positive action is more than welcome!

I love to play with color, texture and create beauty, but what drives me to paint on a deeper level is all undeniable growth I experience from the creative process itself: Learning to let go, to trust, to think outside the box, to listen to my intuition, to be more courageous, to come up with new solutions to problems, and to embrace the mystery that lives inside me.

It is an approach to life that makes me feel more grounded, relaxed, connected to my inner wisdom, others and my ever shifting life experience moment by moment, one little brave decision after the next. In my creative aliveness and joy I hope to inspire others to think outside the box too, and pursue their creative longing and calling.

You don’t need to live secluded on a mountaintop or ashram to meditate and you don’t need to tear your entire life apart, leave your job and relationships to become a creative person. You don’t even need expensive art supplies and a studio to start, crayons on the kitchen table are just fine.

I started my creative adventure as a child following my mom to art studio classes in different painting styles. During my teenage years and young adult life I was into art journaling. In my late twenties I started to paint on bigger canvases. Around my thirties I decided to show and share my art to the world to spread the message of taking time to listen within and make choices based on both brain and intuition.

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About The ”Two Buddhas” Painting

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Two Buddhas, 2017.

Mixed media on canvas.

50 x 50 cm.

This beautiful vibrant turquoise painting consists of many layers of paint and structure. It inspires the viewer to reach beyond the mundane version of reality and see the beauty that comes from within. Rooted in Buddhist philosophy it inspires meditation and the type of self – development that is gentle and compassionate with one own’s flaws.

 

All major religious traditions 

carry basically the same message, 

that is love, compassion and 

forgiveness 

the important thing is they should 

be part of our daily lives. 

– Dalai Lama

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About The Painting “Planet Qi Mandala”

Planet Qi Mandala

Planet Qi Mandala, 2017.

Golden Acrylics, Gold leaf and Mixed Media on round canvas with 3 handmade hanging elements.

40 cm in diameter. Height of whole installation is 68 cm.

This painting shows the cosmic swirl of planets and stars coming to form, night giving birth to day and from that vegetation starts to flourish. The beauty of this process extends beyond the canvas (our universe) to other dimensions – symbolised by the hanging golden spheres.

I created this piece after some days of quiet meditation focusing on the space between the thoughts.

“Nothing is lost. . .Everything is transformed.” 

– Michael Ende

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About The Painting “I Create My Universe”

I Create My Universe

I Create My Universe, 2017.

Golden acrylics on canvas.

100 x 100 cm.

I created the painting during my Qigong Trainer education at Yangtorp Qigong Sanctuary. It symbolically shows what Qigong means to me. How working with Qi “energy” can change you from inside resulting in a change of your entire world.

Our reactions, choices, perception, feelings and thoughts is highly influenced by our amount of energy. Everyone can benefit from Qigong and I definitely have during my years of ongoing practise of this ancient self-healing method.

 

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe,

think in terms of energy,

frequency and vibration.”

– Nikola Tesla

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About The Painting “Freedom To Choose”

Freedom To Choose

Freedom To Choose, 2017.

Golden acrylics on canvas.

100 x 100 cm.

This painting shows two birds climbing the sky towards the sun that emanates strong rays that can even come off as fearful. Nevertheless the birds don’t let themselves get stopped but go on a straight trajectory towards the sun that in this painting symbolises Truth.

In the peek-throughs other dimensions can be seen. We can choose in every minute and every second who we choose to be; which thoughts to follow. We can stay true to our authentic self by not hiding from our emotions (even the difficult ones), but staying fully present in the Now – the only place where choice exists.

This painting was inspired by Eckhart Tolle’s teachings on the power of Now and on Pema Chödröns teachings on Shenpa.

 

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth” 

– Pema Chödrön

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About The Painting “Changing Form”

Changing Form

Changing Form, 2017.

Golden acrylics and Mixed Media on canvas.

120 x 90 cm

This painting is one of my newest paintings that are more minimalistic, lighter and abstract. It was inspired by my 18 month old daughter saying: “Ice!” all the time on our family vacation to Montenegro. She surely wanted ice cream (and got plenty), but in my mind thoughts about materia changing form started coming up and from the contemplation on water changing form the painting arose. The ice cubes in the painting can symbolise our hardened characteristics melting away and from that compassion and vulnerability is born.

 

“When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.” 

 

– Pema Chödrön

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About The Morning Star Painting

Morning Star 

Morning Star, 2017.

Golden acrylics on canvas.

100 x 100 cm.

This vivid intuitive painting contains a lot of the symbols that often emerge in my paintings – stars, pyramid shapes, scribble, the Dharma wheel and lotus flowers. I meditated on it for a while but it was my husband that interpreted it’s meaning in a way that resonated with me. This painting shows the birth of civilisation or the cradle of life. A new sparkling beginning, bursts of creative energy and hidden wisdom.

 

I will love the light 

for it shows me the way, 

yet I will endure the darkness 

because it shows me the stars. 

– Og Mandino

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About The Islands Of Hope Painting

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Islands of Hope, 2017.

Mixed media on canvas.

50 x 40 cm.

One of my newest paintings (as of October 2017) that is more abstract, fluid and with a limited color palette of shades of blues. It is calming yet inspiring.

Imagine viewing a beautiful tropical archipelago from an airplane. Soon you will land and enjoy the most amazing vacation you can ever imagine with coral reefs, clear blu sky, sandy beaches, great food and total relaxation.

 

“Each person deserves a day away 

in which no problems are confronted, 

no solutions searched for. 

Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares 

which will no withdraw from us.” 

– Maya Angelou

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About The Hope Painting

Hope

Hope, 2017.

Golden acrylics and Mixed Media on canvas.

60 x 50 cm.

This highly symbolic painting should not be overanalysed but experienced first hand. Meditate on it during times when hope is needed and see what emerges from the layers of vibrant colors and symbols.

Just having it around you can bring a hopeful curiosity to your consciousness if you are open to receive some guidance from your innate inner wisdom.

Remember to stay true to your feelings. Monsters grow in the shadows. Bring light and stay in the presence of what seems difficult, take a close look at your inner monster. Observe its pointy ears and hairs growing out from its nose. If you just dare to stay and observe your monster might turn out to be quite cute and vulnerable.

 

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. 

That myth is more potent than history. 

That dreams are more powerful than facts. 

That hope always triumphs over experience. 

That laughter is the only cure for grief. 

And I believe that love is stronger than death.” 

– Robert Fulghum

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About The Embracing The Mystery Painting

Embracing The Mystery

Embracing The Mystery, 2017.

Golden acrylics and Mixed Media on canvas.

40 x 30 cm.

This small painting was created in a few days after I dove deeper into working with the mind and the different voices of our sub-personalities that we all possess. I revisited a practice I learned about seven years ago by Genpo Roshi called “Big Mind Big Heart” in which you let the different aspects of yourself present themselves so that you can understand them better and ultimately unify your whole Self. This process gives access to our innate wisdom, compassion with ourselves, openness of mind and ability to shift perspectives. It brings about a greater presence and empowerment. We learn to appreciate the wisdom within all of our many sub-selves, even ones we tend to dislike or disown, like fear and anger.

The painting shows a dimmed but partially illuminated landscape of the subconscious mind. Our inner sphere where mystery lives and that we can never fully understand, but by approaching it gently we become more alive and connected to ourselves and the way we perceive and live life.

 

“These mountains

that you are

carrying, you were

only supposed to

climb.”

– Najwa Zebian

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