How to get unstuck – top 10 list

“”City of Dreams/ Drømmenes by” Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1200 kr.

“”City of Dreams/ Drømmenes by” Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1200 kr.

I know I have some work to do. We all do. Mostly work about being human. It´s quite a job, right? And I know that right now that involves fuelling my dreams. Why do I know I need that? It´s very simple: I don´t feel uplifted and inspired like I know I can. I feel stuck in a state I don´t enjoy being in. When I think about times to come and what is to happen I don´t FEEL that bubbling anticipation. And from that, a state doubt can creep in, and in the end that can lead to more permanent states depression and all kind of other states that are not very uplifting. So, I know it is time to pour some fuel on my own soul.

But HOW???

The thing is, I know how. It´s really simple. But it takes actions. And from the state of clueless uninspiredness the last thing that seems tempting is to move into action, especially if it looks anyting like WORK.

So, I better find some soothing actions that can get me moving, so I can feel my own willingness again. And I do know plenty of wonderful ways to do that:

 

MY TOP 10 LIST FOR GETTING THE INNER JUICES MOVING WHEN THEY DON´T:

1. move the body. Dance, run, do pilates. I mostly don´t do long sweaty sessions, just a small run or dance or a 20 mins pilates does it for me.

2. Make a Creative Quickie, you can read about what that is and how to do it HERE  and some more inspiration HERE

3. Write freely and non-stop for 20 mins, giving voice to ANYTHING from mondane thougts about shopping to deep worries

4. Clean. Truly, I kind of hate cleaning. But really, setting the clock for 20 mins and cleaning just a small part of the house creates some of that needed feeling of flow and accomplishment

5. Talk to a friend. I learned over the years that this doesn´t always have be my most trusted friend, and sometimes we may even feel so lonely we don´t feel we have a trusted friend. This talk can be with any friendly person willing to listen for a while.

6. Go for a walk. Preferably in nature, if possible. But most important to just leave the house and walk.

7. Sing. I take my guitar, and simply begin playing and singing any tune. Often it turns into a 20 mins session. It helps me breathe deep and invites what ever feeling is hiding to come out. Sometimes even a song like this appears!

8. Help someone else. This can be really simple, like seeing a need and offering to help your neighbor with shopping or giving someone a lift. This shifts the focus and makes me feel a bit better about myself.

9. Take a bath. For some reason the mix of lying in hot water and BE without reading or watching or talking relaxes me so I can enter a state of BEING rather than DOING. From that state, I am more receptive from any kind of helping influence from my inner world or from someone else. Of course I lit candle lights next to the bath, and sometimes I add a fragrance with oil or salt to please the senses even more.

10. Ask for help. Sometimes it takes more to get us unstuck. And we need to ask for help. Asking for help can be hard when you feel stuck, but remember that EVERY person on this planet feels stuck and lonely sometimes. And by admitting it and asking for help we actually help others to find the permission to do the same. Ask the first person you can think of, book a session with a coach or a therapist. If you can´t get to any of those things from your current state, pray. Pray to whatever or whomever you believe in. To God, your Guadian angel, the Universe, Spirit or your own Inner true voice. Whatever feels right to you, just pray! That sends out a signal that you are open to receive help, and that is a start. I am convinced that there is something in this universe that can´t resist helping when we ask with a true voice and are ready to receive whatever comes back without judgement.

And a PS:  I wrote most of this a few days ago, when I felt really stuck. In the mean time, I found the space to do nr. 1, 3, 4, 8 and 10. And I feel much better now, even a bit inspired. It works. I know it works to get moving with good soothing uplifting actions. And we need to remind ourselves and each other of this, often. Because that stuckness will happen again, at some level, as long as we live.

Oh, and PPS: A tip for writing your own list: it´s best to do it when you are feeling well. From that state you will be able to write a wonderful list that you then have ready for when you feel stuck. From the state of stuckness we often don´t feel like doing anything. Then we need the wisdom from our own state of well-bing, to know what to do and then simply begin doing it.

Take care, Love from Lise.

 

 

You are a true blessing (& NOT a burden)!

You are a blessing

“You are a blessing”, paper, pens & acrylics on canvas, 24 x 30 cm. – 1200 DKK/ 206 USD)

The words in this painting reads:

“You are a true blessing. With all your funny quirks & odd colors. You are NOT a burden! You are you……You are a life force, an honest party, a true story and a waterfall of inspiration & beaming smiles. You are a blessing, just as you are!”

One day I was sitting browsing some favorite music videos, and in then my eye caught something in the background of Ed Sheerans “The fault in our stars” video: a yellow stick-on-note on a creative note board with those handwritten words: ” you are NOT a burden”. It  only showed for a second or less in the video. But for some reason it moved me deeply. To tears actually. And I felt a deep, deep soul-relief.

Why? I know that many Creative people in this world sometimes feel as if they don´t fit in. I guess all humans feel that from time to time, but I think creative thinkers feel that more frequently.

In this part of the world we have been so, so trained in logic thinking and often so undernourished in our creativity. It takes a lot to stay true to our creativity in  a time like this. Our bubbling way of thinking may be perceived by others as funny, weird or even beautiful….but not always as clever or useful.

Many people feel they have been so “de-creativized” (YES, a new word!!!) that logic and common sense seem to rule the day rather than dreams and visions. In that picture creative thinkers may appear as slightly odd and non-practical or without the feet on the ground compared to people who are more logically inclined.

We may even feel as if we are a burden. To others. And to life itself. Just by being ourselves. With all our bubbles. But of course we are needed, too! Very much so. And of course we all need a bit of both logic sense and creativity to have well being and visions and a practically functioning  happy life.

Cheers to all our beautiful creative minds who sometimes say or do the oddest things! Our oddnesses makes every single one of us so special!

Xx Lise.

Wall Calendar 2015 on Presale NOW!

Dear friends,

I am thrilled to introduce: Wall calendar 2015!!!!

Aaaand, RIGHT NOW it´s on PRESALE at a reduced price (about 20 % off) in my webshop HERE. The offer lasts for 2 weeks and is only for purchase through my shop.

Calendar 2015 forside

I have put a lot of care and consideration into the calendar to make sure it would show the art in a big and wonderful way AND have space to write in with it´s 5 columns (= space for your or a whole families appointments). I am so happy it worked out!

If you know you want the calendar or want to gift it to someone, grab the opportunity. I will send the first calendars out last week in October. BUY THE CALENDAR HERE!

The Calendar shows 12 of my paintings in luxury print on 250 g paper:

FebJuniNov

JuliSeptDec

To see more AND To make sure there is a copy for you and get the presale discount, head over TO MY WEBSHOP

New art – Pure Joy and City of Dreams

This summer I created a handful of smaller (and very affordable) paintings. Here´s an introduction: to two of them:


Pure Joy

 “Pure Joy”, mixed media on canvas

Yes, pure joy exists. Often it is found in the most simple things, when we are fully present to appreciate them. Like the joy of pulling your inner plug and let life pour over you with all it´s refreshments. The original is sold, but this image is now on the shelf in my webshop as signed A4 print, ready to light up your walls.  Buy print HERE. 

City of Dreams

 “City of Dreams”, mixed media on canvas, 24 x 30 cm, 950 DKK.

 I have always loved beautiful old cities (and lived in quite a few too). Especially the roofs inspire my imagination and give food for dreams with their special light and nesting long thoughts. Actually my cosiest apartments has been the ones high up with a view over the city and the hidden life between the roofs.

Thank you summer


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Above: Rune, me, Vincent and Celeste. Celebrating our new trampoline one late summer evening, toasting in white wine and pear cider.

I want to take a moment to savor the moments of this summer. For me, this has been a full, busy one (a bit too much work to be honest) with so many learnings packed in almost every single day. Both in my business life and personal life. But it has also been an incredible warm summer, generous on sun and outdoor experiences, calling us to simply enjoy:

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Celeste and Vincent (in the middle) and some good friends at the local market, enjoying some gigantic caramels – oh bliss!

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Caramel heaven!!!

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Found some time to create some smaller pieces which for me is a holiday in itself – I love that part of my job soooo much!!!

""Sail on/ Sejl videre" Acrylic and paper on canvas, 20 x 20 cm -(Sold)

“”Sail on/ Sejl videre” Acrylic and paper on canvas, 20 x 20 cm -(Sold)

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A visit to Runes birth country, Holland, so fun to see my postcards in this beautiful shop in Groningen, thanks to our dear dutch friend Janita for making that happen!!!

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Another Groningen shop filled with magic  colors and lamps

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Happy to meet this fairytale house in the middle of nowhere just outside Lisse, Holland

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Our dear friends, Paul and Janita. Janita and I met via facebook a while back and totally clicked without knowing that “our men” Paul and Rune were friends for many years already, in real life. Such a funny world we live in!

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Our house got some much needed finishing touches this summer, like paint on the facade, and a house number brought home from Holland.  Especially Rune worked hard to make it come together. I love how it all turned out.

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Tuesday markets in the charming town Stege, here in Denmark. Fun, but a LOT of work too. 5 tuesdays I did this, with a lot of help from Liza and Rupert who together own Lizas Gallery in Stege.

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Cups!!! Yes, I finally gave in for an urge I had for a long time to create some cups with the “Coffee and flowers” image. They sold really fast, but will appear in my etsy shop as soon as I ordered more.

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Me, Liza

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Aaaah!!! Here I come! (Vincent)

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A real barefoot summer…

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Thank you, fresh fruit and sunshine!

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And thank you, moments of understanding whilst writing morningpages in the sun

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Finally, I found some time to make a creative day for the children. So worth the time investment. They really shine during creative processes.

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Celeste in the foreground and her friend Alma.

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Pink Pavillion created by Celeste, 11 yrs.

Thank you summer, and please stay a little while, I´d love another coffee or 10 with you in the Pink Pavillion of sunshine and vitamins!

We never know beforehand

Circus of BalanceScan

“Circus of Balance”, available as A4 poster right here in my shop

We never know beforehand. Not fully. We have to walk the path, often feeling partly blindfolded or dimmed in our vision. Like driving through the night, only able to see as far as the frontlights are able to light up the darkness. And still we somehow get there. That is, if we “get up, get in the car and drive”. Sitting at home wondering how to drive in the dark won´t do it.

When I created this image it was for an international competition. I felt way out of my comfort zone and actually scared, but I dove in and really gave it my very best. I even went to have the painting scanned professionally and payed a graphic designer to create the file in the right dimensions. I often refrain from any kind of competition because I am afraid that I won´t be able to handle if I loose!

Well, I didn´t win and I was not selected as one of the top 50 either. There were more than 2000 entries from all over the world, but still I could feel my heart drop: “how will I ever get there” “There” meaning learning how to get into a market I don´t know much about, learning how to make a business from my passion, learning how to earn money from what I create so that I can keep creating.

I am still learning, and often frightened too. However, this image went on to become the all times bestseller amongst my creations so far. Whenever a shop places an order, they will give a number of their wanted cards and images in different sizes, and very often they add: and could you give us 10 extra of this image in all your sizes please, it is selling so fast!

What I am saying is: I could not see, it felt utterly uncomfortable, I still gave it my best – then I felt like a looser, and my heart dropped. But found my way forward with what was important: to keep driving/creating from my passion. And then this image found it´s very own way of being of use and joy in this world, slowly but steadily finding it´s own place and usage.

I am very thankful for that experience, the whole of it!

Walking with Grace

“The more graceful you are able to walk, the more grace will be thrown on your path”

I found this sentence today that I had dotted down on a piece of paper weeks ago. It was followed by these words: “Joy in every single step”.

“Jump into Joy/Hop ind I glæden” 30x40 cm/11,8 x 15,7 in – 2800 kr./ 525 $

“Jump into Joy/Hop ind I glæden” 30×40 cm/11,8 x 15,7 in – 2800 kr./ 525 $

The funny thing is, I kind of think I wrote those words, that they came to me during my morning pages. But it was written a while ago I am not completely sure any more. Anyone recognize it? When I google it, all that comes up is advice on high heel walking!!! That wasn´t quite what I had in mind…. But that doesn´t matter, the words ring true to me and help me remember the importance of every single one of my steps today…..and every day. And that is what matters. A good reminder for me today. Most days actually.

To me, walking with Grace means walking through life with the intention to stay aware and bring more light into this place. In whatever way that is possible. And I don´t mean that in any high-flying or quick fix way at all. I see it as a very real life challenge, where what counts most is the small adjustments in attitude. Every day, in every possible step. Some days it may mean accepting my boundaries. Or giving up on things I firmly believed I had to do. And other days it means daring to go out there in the world and do my best to let my light shine, even if it makes me nervous or doubtful at first.  A beautiful challenge. I love this part of human life: That we are able to create something uplifting or healing by our small continuous acts of joy and awareness.

Sometimes we need other people to remind us of the importance of all those little things we do to lift human life and bring more light here. So, here´s a little note from me to you: Thank you, whoever you are, for whatever act you are able to put into this world today that will bring more light and joy and make you bounce with grace in your steps.

Xx Lise.