Butterflies – wishing you a beautiful transforming 2014!

"Butterfly friends" mixed media on deep edge canvas, 60 x 60 cm, 4.800 kr.

“Butterfly friends” mixed media on deep edge canvas, 60 x 60 cm, 4.800 kr.

May 2014 be a year where we find peace to cocoon with things fine and important so that we can fly, when ready, and inspire ourselves and each other to live a life centered and connected in things of real value. May 2014 be a year where we meet “butterfly friends” who help us transform to the ones we are when we shine with our true light and speak with our honest voice. May 2014 spin its silky thread for protection and help us celebrate many true transformations. That is my butterfly-wish, today!

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The Creative quickie above reads:

“They transform

We transform

Everything here is changing all the time

At night while I sleep the harvest of my day is being transformed

In my waking hours, I co-transform

I love this life

This task

This gift”

(page from Creative Quickie-journal, see more here:http://lisemeijer.dk/2011/09/21/creative-quickies/ )

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Imagine – painting process

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First I created the background, using different patterned papers, gluing it directly on the white canvas with golden medium glue.

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Adding loose layers of acrylic paint, then sketching and painting an image. And adding more paper. 

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Wonderful painting mess….

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Here I used some of my Molotow pens to draw coloured lines of detail.

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I often create 2 – 3 paintings at a time. For many reasons: One can dry when I work on another; it takes the pressure off having to create one perfect piece and I love how they almost speak together during the process. Also, it´s much faster to paint that way, and I love the feeling of getting a lot done!

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Trying it on the wall many times during the process

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Finished piece, “Imagine”. Text reads: “Imagine that you woke up one day to discover a flower much greater than you ever expected growing out of your own pot.” Prints available here. I´m thinking this one would love to appear as part of the postcard series very soon, it seems to be destined for that.

If you are interested in buying originals, contact me and I´ll send you a list of the ones currently for sale.

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The inspiration to this painting came spontaneously during  a “Creative quickie”, which is something I love to do as a quick and easy way of getting the creative juices flowing.

 

Slow down…invite PASSION to join the journey!

Slow down

 “Slow down – let passion find you”, print available HERE.

When I want more passion in life, I know I´ll have to take the time to do things that are inviting for passion. And like a small child, passion will try to escape if I try to order it to play at a certain time and way. I may be looking for passion in life in general, in my worklife, in my friend-life or love-life. Passion needs to be courted, invited, tempted to come play. And one of the best ways I have found to invite passion is to slow down and let passion get a chance to find me….by doing something it can recognize, something simple that I love – perhaps going for a walk, bringing home spring branches to pop or taking a bath!

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As part of inviting creative inspiration into my life, I make “Creative quickie” pages in a journal I keep just for that. The idea is to make something quick and fun, that doesn´t have to BE  “anything”. I often end up loving these pages a lot, simply because no pressure were involved, only play!

The one above reads: “Slow down so that passion can join the train, and together you may go on a journey that will take you much further than if you travelled alone. Let passion join the journey!”

Yes, let´s allow passion to join the journey today by slowing down and doing one simple thing we love doing! I would love to know what your favourite slowing down activity is…..please!?

Small morning chat with myself….or how to convince a cow to paint!

This morning the house was finally emptied of sick children and other obstacles. Everything was ready for a wonderful and long-awaited painting session. Coffee poured, the stove roared nicely. Painting day, finally!

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 (Creative quickie page, inspired by the wonderful line from a Leonard Cohen song: “There is a crack in everything – that´s how the light gets in”)

I had waited and sighed soooo long for this day to come! And then:

– Ready to GO!!?

– I CAN´T BE BOTHERED!

-What? Oh no, honestly, you have longed so much for this moment and now it is here!

-Yes, but I AM JUST NOT IN THE MOOD!

-Why not?

-I am afraid! (maybe she’ll feel sorry for me ….)

-What are you afraid of?

-(Oh no, she´s in question-mood, better come up with a real good reason, ahem…):I am afraid….I have ….forgotten…. HOW TO PAINT! (HA!)

 -Forgotten how to paint? You can´t forget how to paint, you just paint….even dots are good for starters.

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-Well, actually I am afraid that I CAN paint, what if  I am a brilliant genious, I am not up to a commitment like that … I am sure it will be really really hard with all the overwhelming success and fame and too many requests for me to handle!!! (Surely she wil buy this one, I know she loves to have big thoughts about herself, hahaaa!)

-Are you afraid of that? Is that the REAL reason you don´t want to paint?

-All right no, not really…….. it is simply because I CAN´T BE BOTHERED!

-You can´t be bothered?

-No, I CAN´T BE BOTHERED!!!

-Well, you know, that’s alright.

(What, she said it´s ALL RIGHT! Now we´ll take the day off and watch a good movie in bed, yeeaaaah, ta-ta-ta-daaa-di- dum-di -dum-da…)

-Listen, here´s what we´ll do:

-(Movie, movie, mooooviiie!!!)

1. First we dance 10 minutes to beautiful music, just move for a little while as you like, neither more nor less, are you ok with that?

-….OK

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(“Joy in the air”, original available, just e-mail me)

2. Then, we fill the palette with colors and made the table ready, all right?

-Yeah, I guess

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3. Last, we´ll take a canvas and play around with papers and colors, no intentions of making art, just having fun, ok?

-Well, if it´s only for fun….

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4 hours later:

Wonderful creative mess in my studio yeaaaah!!!

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And now it´s time for a good movie…and a glass of red wine….

Be gentle

(“Be gentle”, print available here)

….or maybe I will just continue painting…or do them all at the same time; paint, wine and movie!

So, there you have it, now you know what goes on in my head on a completely normal thursday!

Listening behind…

(From creative quickie book, image used is a Flora Bowley-visit-card!)

Who knows what this day will bring if we listen more to all the underlying things, listen to what we see when we rise on birdwings and watch the world from a little distance?

The greater understanding doesn´t  come as a point on our to-do list. It sneaks in and sits down at our side when we smile at the sun and watch the wind lift the leaves.

Let it grow!

Above is a good Creative quickie picture of how I feel at the moment: Ideas grow like flowers in the middle of my admin-hour, my walk in the grass, my dishes, my life. As far as I know that is how it is with ideas: as soon as we start creating a nourishing home for them, more ideas come knocking on the door, wanting a home too. Because in this world, things want to be born into reality.

I am just feeling a bit overwhelmed right now, and sad whenever I don´t find the time to act on the ideas I get. So many new things are happening. We are building a house, I am building a  company around my paintings and creativity, both Rune and I have other jobs too, and we are also all the time building a family. Because that is clearly not something that just happens the first years of becoming parents. It is ongoing and growing just as the children.

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It feels impossible to keep up sometimes. Impossible to find time to do the laundry or have a chat with my husband, because, we are also building a relationship all the time. Impossible to get a real good overwiew.

I guess I am being a bit dramatic about it all (yes, that´s me too), sometimes it just seems like it is impossible to do life. Like there is too much of it to do it. And then I know: That is part of the game here, for all of us. Try to find some balance. Find the space to prioritise. But more importantly, choose for a while to just be, to laugh, to see the world around me. Because from that state I am much closer to myself and only then I know what the importance is. I am right here. And that is the only point I can operate from, ever.

So, let this weired and wonderful life grow, I´m in!  Even with all the mistakes and bumps on the road it involves being a human. I´m in, yes I am.

Web Shop Open + Opening offer…ta-ta-ta-daa!

I am sooo exited: my very first webshop (in the whole world ever) is now open:http://www.etsy.com/shop/LiseMeijer

8 different BIG AND GLOSSY cards AND 8 different posters with truly deep and beautyful colors + all filled with passion and meaning are now for sale right here in the brand new Lise Meijer shop.


Above: cards in groups of 4 from the shop. The cards are seriously big and super glossy. They each make a real treat as a  card or as a small poster to go up on the wall. Go check them out here.

OPENING OFFER (of course): if you hurry and buy in the coming week and latest on june 24th, I will add an extra card on top of your purchase, just note in the buyers note which one of the 8 cards  you wish to be gifted! Yay, take off shop, take off and fly…

Above: Creative quickie, it reads:

“Oh, the inspiration luring just behind the door, around the corner, inside me when I´m still.

Come inspiration, I have a home for you, I want to play, to nurture you, to give you a voice.

I am ready to open the door – wide up!”

“Time to nurture, time to sing, it´s your time” Print available in Lise Meijer shop.

Oh, and please, share the shop news with anyone you think might appreciate it, share away, thanks a lot!