Clashing wills & quiet hearts

Clashing wills & quiet hearts

"Healing hearts/ Helende hjerter" Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1600 kr.

“Healing hearts/ Helende hjerter” Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1600 kr. For sale.

Text in the painting reads:

“IN THE QUIET SPACES LIVES JOY – CREATIVITY – CONNECTION + CARE.

HEALING OF OUR HEARTS.”

When we want something with our will and act on it, we create a direction, a movement. Directions and movements are powerful; they can move mountains and people. They can create the wildest new things and tear the old and dusty down to pieces. They can leave their mark and shape the world.

Directions can also clash. When two wills headed in opposite directions collide, conflicts can arise. And it is often worst when the two wills thought they were going to the same place. And bang, they collide, abruptly stopped. And get angry with each other, for no one likes being stopped in their progress.

And out there in the land of wills and actions, where everything is directions and creating power, it is often difficult to resolve this conflict.

It actually CAN´T be resolved from that place; the two wills are already moving in two different directions. Each of them of in their full right to do so. It takes strength to move mountains, all power needed. So the only focus there is room for in the country of wills and directions are often: That mountain has to be moved! And so, the two wills collide like two angry bulls ready for battle. And I have yet to meet anyone who has successfully coached two angry bulls into happily grazing side by side.

To resolve the conflict, we must sidestep and be silent. Completely quiet. So quiet that we can listen above and below and right into the middle of the very core of life. So quiet that we can hear the earth below us, with all the layers of primeval history. So we catch the universal melody of the past and future and endless possibilities in one. So quiet that we just ARE, without needing to move anywhere, because everything is right here and always have been. So quiet that we ARE love.

In love, it is not just possible, but completely natural that there is room for several directions at once. In love, coexistence is a wonderful opportunity to honor our differences while we create and contribute with each our bit to the world. Even when it’s hard and it looks like what we want are opposites, each of us can continue to live and act without being stopped by someone who want something seemingly different. Deeply rooted in love.

Do we need to enter a meditation room or a monastery to be quiet for hours or days every time there is a conflict? For God´s sake, NO, certainly not! The silence of love is timeless. For some it works to practice in a monastery or a meditation room. Personally I love to practice this healing quietness when I paint and create things. It is a state that works through us, and it doesn´t take more than a tiny moment to create a healing difference in a conflict. As lont as that moment springs from the love in a quiet heart.

Is it easy? NO! (permission granted to shout from your lungs full volume!)

Is it possible? Yes it is. (said with quiet wonder, like when you are unsure whether it is a lark you can see in the sky, and just have come to agree with yourself that “yes, it is”.)

With big love, from a sometimes frowning bullhead with an also soft and quiet heart.

Lise.

Being gentle is a powerful gift you give yourself

Being gentle is a powerful gift you give yourself

Be gentle - available as signed print!

Be gentle – available as signed print, just click the picture…..

BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF

The gentleness you give yourself carefully nourishes your inner willingness to open yourself to life. When you treat yourself gently, your zest for life is allowed to come bubbling like a liberated source from within your own core.

Carefully you are being listened to by the most important person in your life – yourself – and slowly you become open to the dance of life, of sheer pleasure simply because you can and want to. And in that dance lies a great strength.

Willingness to the dance of life can not be stamped out of the ground or planned to the surface (though both stamping and plans have their place in life). The desire to be part of the dance of life must be nurtured from within, with gentleness, good things and much listening – from yourself to yourself.

It is a powerful gift to be gentle with yourself.

Love from Lise.

PS: The image “Be gentle with yourself” is available as A4 signed print HERE. Perhaps you or someone you know would love a this sweet reminder for the wall? As always, I ship worldwide and package with care & creativity so it will indeed feel like a gift when you or your loved ones receive the items at the doorstep.

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A hug, anyone?

"A hug in a mug/ Et knus i et krus" - 16 x 21 cm, acrylic and paper on canvas: SOLD

“A hug in a mug/ Et knus i et krus” – available as A4 print & double sized A3 print!

Anyone needs a hug today? Here´s a serving for you!

It is so much easier to relax and be ourselves when we feel loved just as we are in the middle of our ordinary everyday life. And more YOU being yourself = more of your brilliance for the world, and oh does the world need it!

Not the big X factorly brilliance we often call success, even though that can be enticing and sometimes even deep and brilliant in it´s own way.

But the more quiet brilliance. The brilliance of being just like you are, shining with that, sharing that with the people you have daily encounters with. Sharing what you truly love, with love. Seing with love. Seing really, deeply. Love moves away so many obstacles, effortlessly like the sun melts the snow. And a hug is a wonderful transporter of love. And the quiet everyday messages of love to yourself. Perhaps it´s time to make a wonderful cup of tea and recall your appreciation for YOU. Your struggles. Your willingness to keep trying. Your brave heart that refuses to grow hard and continues to search for understanding and love even when it is tough or takes time.

You are SO brave for trying!

Love & hugs from Lise.

PS: The photo: “A hug in a mug” is available as A4 print HERE and also in double size (A3) HERE – along with many other prints, posters & cards. You can browse the richly filled shop RIGHT HERE

PPS: when searching for a video on forgiveness yesterday, I came across THIS HEARTMOVING TALE, in case you need it. xX

ABOUT COFFEE BREWING AND LIFE PASSION

Slow down

This morning I asked my morning pages:

“What could I tell to explain how Vision boards and life visions work? What do people need to hear to know if it’s something they want to pursue?”

And then I went to make a cup of coffee. And as I stood there in my own thoughts, watching the espresso brewer (one of those Italian owns you put on a hotplate until the heat makes the water into steam which is forced up through the coffee) turn water and coffee beans to a wonderfully fragrant brew, this answer came to me:

“Tell them what you see here, in front of your eyes. Explain that it is possible to do the same with our lives. That just as it takes heat to make the water and beans into coffee, in the same way it takes passion, to make a person´s abilities and talents flourish in the world.

For you humans forget so easily that inspiration and passion are possible when you don´t have it, and you begin to think of life is an obstacle or a competition. And you continue until you become stressed or ill. So tell them, and yourself, that there is another way – so you will remember. ”

And that is true, and that is what I will do, I do know the other way. And I must regularly remind myself of it – and practice. For so much in this world makes me forget it.

ALL of us (yes, also YOU – I swear) has a unique combination of skills and talents. But to brew a wonderful life we need a sustained and steady amount of passion. Passion is like fire that burns and, like heat, it needs a good energy source.

And that energy source consists of several things, but a really important one is that we have visions. Clear, passionate, playful, thinking-out-of-the-box-and-the-lid-off-visions!

And then, it needs us to create actions from our visions, immediately! So the steam don´t go out. But not all at once – oh, no, just with small doable steps, so we don´t burn out.

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Our life requires – much like coffee – a good amount of heat & passion to become a wonderful brew.

If you live in Denmark, I have a course just about that, all info HERE – last signup this friday!

And if you live abroad, here are some links you may enjoy, about how to keep that daily passion burning.

Love to you + your day from Lise.

PS: If you want to know more about morning pages, you may enjoy to read THIS

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You can be that listening ear you need so much!

"The music between us" - mixed media on canvas, 13 x 18 cm SOLD

“The music between us” – mixed media on canvas, 13 x 18 cm SOLD

(New art – part of a series of mini-paintings for my exhibition in Pakhuset– sold)

You are a life-musician. Yes, you are!

You create music in the way you interact with others. Your life-music is moving energy that vibrates in space. That music can move, give courage or heal.

In musical ensembles, one of the most important things to master is the art of listening attentively, while at the same time contributing with your own sound. To give and take your space simultaneously, like in a dance.

Many people’s greatest wish today is to be heard. And often there is a lack of attentive listening. But for every voice that needs to be heard there must be an attentive and courageous listening ear.

You can be that listening ear in the world. And contribute to a more harmonious world-melody with your ability to be part of an ensemble. Watch and give time. Listen to the spaces in-between. Maybe you need to wait with speaking? Or perhaps it’s time to talk firm and loud? Give space and notice the spaces. And then contribute with something you truly feel is needed. And feel how the music evolves.

You can start with listening to yourself and then move on to extend this service to someone you meet.

With your listening attention, you can help someone else to also watch and listen. It´s attractive and contagious!

Big love from Lise.

PS: I hear you!

NEW: DOUBLE sized signed prints

Dear friends,

thought I would let you know that I can now create signed prints just for YOU in a bigger size on my new Epson printer!!! The new size is A3 (11.7in x 16.5in). And of course you can get ANY of my images as a print, just let me know which one you want. Check the new size out right here: https://www.etsy.com/…/a3-art-print-of-your-choice-297cm-x-…

"River of my heart/ Hjertets flod" - 31,5 x 47,2 in/ 80 x 120 cm, acrylic and paper on deep edge canvas. Price: 925 $/ 6.500 kr. - SOLD

“River of my heart/ Hjertets flod” – 31,5 x 47,2 in/ 80 x 120 cm, acrylic and paper on deep edge canvas. Price: 925 $/ 6.500 kr. – SOLD

OR, if you want more than one I offer you a discount deal for 2 A3 prints here: https://www.etsy.com/…/discounted-set-any-two-a3-art-print-…

This is beautiful for all prints, but the images that have a lot of details are especially happy with the new bigger size (I asked and they told me so), for example the bigger landscape paintings.

"Lake of Visions/ Visionernes sø" - 31,5 x 47,2 in/ 80 x 120 cm, acrylic and paper on deep edge canvas. Price: 925 $/ 6.500 kr.

“Lake of Visions/ Visionernes sø” – 31,5 x 47,2 in/ 80 x 120 cm, acrylic and paper on deep edge canvas. Price: 925 $/ 6.500 kr.

I hope you will enjoy!

Love from Lise.

PS: also, if you want the small signed posters size A4 in an image that is not listed, just ask….I will be happy to create prints from any of my paintings, just for you, and I ship worldwide with joy!

Oh, and PPS: there are a VERY few Wall calendars left at a VERY discounted price, want one of the last copies? 

PPPS: these two are also really beautiful in the bigger size, single or as a couple, just sayin´:

Letting go with love

Sisters by nature

The tiny step that will change your life

Today was a day that really counted.

Not because I have been particularly effective, has made a super effort or achieved a lot.

My reality today was NOT like that. Very, very far from it.

“Nourish your seeds/Giv dine frø næring”, mixed media on canvas, 25 x 30 cm. Price: 1800 DKK

“Nourish your seeds/Giv dine frø næring”, mixed media on canvas, 25 x 30 cm. Price: 1800 DKK

Today was the kind of day where I could not see clearly. For inexplicable reasons I walked around in my own fog and swamp of procrastination all morning. The start of this day felt more like being a spectator to my own life and helplessly watching it slip by without any meaning. I was stuck in a feeling of unclarity, physically weakness and overwhelming uselessness. And as the hours passed, it only got worse.

It was past lunch before I realized how lost I actually was. I still felt discouraged, but now I was at least awake.

And then I finally took a miniature step in OUT of the fog.

HERE, right here was one of those moments that really counts; THE FIRST TINY STEP!

When I had taken that step my mind was a bit clearer. And I was able to rise enough above my own swamp and find space in my mind to ask:

What ingredient do I lack in myself to be able to create anything today and how would I really like to feel? And, what can provide this feeling?

“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 $

Now I had taken not just one, but several small steps. And my direction had already changed. 3 steps in a new direction is a change of direction, although it is only 3 very small steps!

Everybody has days that are foggy or hard or downright unbearable. EVERYBODY. WITHOUT. EXEPTION.

And those days are really important. For this is where we could get lost if we just let things slide. And sometimes we may get lost for days, or months, or even years. But it is also on those days we have the opportunity to carve into our minds and lives which direction we sincerely want to take. To change direction requires just that; a conscious direction-change. Ever so gently, step by step. But with increased focus on where the heart longs to go.

Want to know what my first tiny step was? It was a really easy one (the first step should be small and easy, otherwise you won´t do it; you are after all in the middle of a swamp…). I watched this wonderful video with two love-beaming power ladies, and felt embraced, seen and inspired.

With wishes for loving but firm leadership of the parts of us that sometimes can be lost in swamps.

Love from Lise.

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New art: Letting go & Sisters by Nature + glimpses from an exhibition in Pakhuset, Klintholm Havn

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Dear friends.

I have been painting a lot lately. And facebooking a lot. And also Instagramming. And of course sending out my newsletter with shop offers and free printable and stuff.  (Subscribe here if you like!). I have not been blogging much though… a bit too many balls perhaps!

But today I am eager to share two new paintings with you. They kind of appeared as twin-paintings, as you can see above.

The first one is about letting go and recognizing your own garden of love. The second is about that natural bond there is between girls, woman, ladies:

Letting go with love

“Letting go”, acrylic and paper on deep edge canvas, 60 x 80 cm. – 4.800 kr.  / 24 x 32 in, 690 $

This one comes with a small text:

“Let your hair down and allow the wind to flutter through your soul. Release the birds. Dare for a while to doubt and loosen your grip. Let whatever you kept bound in fear, fly freely.

And see, you stand on a fertile ground of love. It was given to you at birth and you can never lose it. Every time you love, forgive, release or look at another with honest, clear eyes, it becomes richer and greener. Water it frequently. And above all: enjoy it! And smile at all the birds you love when they come to refresh themselves in your garden, again and again.”

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Sisters by nature

“Sisters by Nature”,  acrylic and paper on deep edge canvas, 60 x 80 cm. – 4.800 kr.  / 24 x 32 in, 690 $

The second painting is about that special bond that can be between ladies, woman, girls. A sense of natural connection and understanding that is so special, and, to most ladies, so, so important. I kind of really like how they turned out, plus I personally like the light and green colors a lot.

They are both part of a local exhibition rigth now in Pakhuset, Klintholm Havn on Møn here in Denmark. That is a very charming place. We had the opening last sunday complete with all the 25 artists and over 200 guests, live music, pizza from the local pizzaria (which happens to be the best in the area) and of course drinks and lost of smiles and chats. I love those kind of happenings! Here is a peak into my little booth there, it´s almost a small shop complete with cards, posters, cups and Calendar. And, of course the paintings. If you are nearby I recommend a visit to Pakhuset, this old 3 store building filled with art!

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I love how in every booth you get a glimpse of the next; this way the arts and crafts blend and compliment each other very well!

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Gotta say, I am actually very happy with the cups! They are really beautifully made with a fine shining finish – in our home they are a clear favorite, and they make a wonderful gift with joyful, uplifting images.

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You can really sense how old and raw the building are – that´s also why it´s only used from may to september; it´s too cold in the winter but very charming during summer time. A big bonus is that this part of Møn is very well visited because of the many tourists coming to enjoy the special Møn´s Klint, the beautiful white cliffs.

Till soon, and take much care,

Lise.

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EASTER SALE – dress up your walls for spring with 25 % off!!!

It is time for singing birds and renewal. It is time to allow some things to die in order to let others resurrect.AND, time for an EASTER SALE!!! I decided to create a sale inspired by easter, so right now you get 25 % off selected items in my Etsy shop. Go get your walls dressed up in spring!!! You will find lots of birds and other soulful spring –images as signed prints, and also cards, a calendar and the big 50 x 70 poster. Come have a look and find some inspiration!

Easter Sale 25 off

Birds and nourishment

“Birds and nourishment” collection of postcards is also part of the sale!

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And A4 prints – many birdy images!!!

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Yes, you can even still snatc one of the last calendars!!!

Or, if you feel it´s time to invest in original art you can see all my originals ON THIS PAGE and as always I ship worldwide with joy – both prints and other products as well as originals.

Wishing you a truly renewing easter time.

Till soon, love from Lise.

 

 

 

 

New art: The river of my heart (and about being stuck in emotions…)

I just finished this, one of my bigger paintings:

“RIVER OF MY HEART”

"River of my heart/ Hjertets flod" - 31,5 x 47,2 in/ 80 x 120 cm, acrylic and paper on deep edge canvas. Price: 925 $/ 6.500 kr.

“River of my heart/ Hjertets flod” – 31,5 x 47,2 in/ 80 x 120 cm, acrylic and paper on deep edge canvas. Price: 925 $/ 6.500 kr.

“The river of our heart flows continuously. It contains every emotion, every color, light and darkness, and also all our greyness. Sometimes deep, sometimes low and shallow, and always weaving through life’s landscape of narrowing and widening, wild forests and fine gardens. Its task is to FLOW. And it wants to flow freely, and in return it brings joy in abundance when we dare let it do just that.”

– Lise Meijer

– Lately I have been pondering how emotions are like the weather: they shift according to all kind of outer influences – like high or low pressure, warmth or cold, and also pollution and many other outer or inner causes. It takes a lot of skill to learn to predict the weather, and even when the expets have done their best – they can be wrong! The weather color very much how we experience the day & the world, and it is NEVER permanent! Also, there is always, always a blue sky or a crisp clear starry night to be found behind the clouds.

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Above: Celeste (11) recently did my hair with an upside – down heart which I loved!!!

It is the same story with emotions: they move through us all the time and  like the weather they can never be completely fixed. They appear due to the processes we are exposed to, inside and outside ourselves, but it can be hard to always determine what caused them to turn up. And even harder to change them when cloudy emotions seem to fill the whole inner sky. The best cure of cloudy emotions I know is MOVEMENT! Any kind of movement; physical exercise, a walk, going to the cimema, doing some cleaning or tidying or creating something. It is also the last thing I want to do when stuck in heavy emotions. But once I do, things slowly shift. It often takes a while, but there will be a shift.

And believe me, I had many (MANY) mornings in my life where I had no idea of how to get myself unstuck enough to begin working! Especially during the latest years where all I had to do was to get up, go upstairs and get myself to create. Wonderful when you FEEL like it! And seemingly impossible at other days. But I have sincerely come to love the fact that there IS  something I can do about that state, even if I don´t feel the effect immediately.

I love the fact that I can change my inner weather!

And when nothing else works, I go to the chapter “Mood shifter” in this wonderful book. Highly recommended!

With love from Lise.

PS: as always, I ship worldwide with joy, both items from my shop with prints and cards and original art!