The winner of one original painting is….

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I just launched my brand new newsletter filled with Creative Vitamins news, which I intend to send out about once a month with brief news and juicy inspiration. Thank you so much for all of you who signed up!

As promised , I have picked a name amongst all those on the list by march 1rst to find the winner of one original painting. This was exiting actually! I said a prayer, put on wonderful music and dipped my hand in the hat of names (using a random generator), and the winner of one original painting size 24 x 30 cm is……..

INGE MARIE BAIOCCHI!!!

Congratulations Inge Marie, I will contact you via direct mail to arrange shipping of your chosen painting.

Anyone who signed up received a 20 % off-coupon code to use in the webshop. AND, if you didn´t sign up yet, JUST DO IT NOW, and you will recive your 20% off code for your next purchase.

Here comes a little cavalcade of the items available in my web shop on Etsy

I hope you don´t mind me saying so myself, but I am very proud of my little shop (we danes tend to be careful with self-praise, but hey, it won´t hurt to chance that right?) . My shop is hosted by Etsy, an online marketplace for all things handmade and creative. To purchase, you just have to sign in. It´s very simple; write your name and e-mail, and then you can buy from any of the wonderful artists who sell there. Just click “no thanks” to any further e-mails from etsy and they won´t bother you if you don´t want them to!

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(I truly love to pack and ship with care and creativity!)

SIGNED PRINTS size A4

You can get literally ANY of my images in this size, because I print them at home on my very own Epson printer. If you don´t see a specific image, just ask, and I will create it just for you! You can also get them as a DISCOUNTED SET OF 3 if you want more than one.

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BIG POSTERS!

These are really BIG, frame them for a wonderful and cheap way of adding some gorgeous and big art to your walls. You can choose between the 4 shown here. 

Postcard collections. The small ones are perfect for smaller greetings during the year or along with a present. The big ones make wonderful telegrams or longer letters. They are also often used as prints, framed and hanged on the walls. Also available as a DISCOUNTED SET OF 2. 

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Cups, yes, cups!!!

Just for fun, I decided to create those two cup variations, “Coffee & Flowers” and “Teatime with JOY”

They have proven very popular, and are actually among my own favorite coffee & tea cups here at home, with their soothing image and message.

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Wall Calendar

There are just a couple left, and since we are now already in march I lowered the price on them. Don´t wait too long though if you want one, they will probably sell out soon.

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Don´t forget to sign up to get your 20 % off discount code, SIGN UP IN THIS LINK!

If you are looking to buy an original painting, you can see them all HERE, just contact me for purchase or questions you may have!

Till soon, love from Lise.

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The sound of A sudden stillness

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(“Healing hearts”. Text reads: “In the quiet spaces lives JOY – CREATIVITY – CONNECTION + CARE. Healing of our hearts. To purchase this original painting, contact me.)

The other night I sat down in my living room together with Rune after the children were put to bed. During all the busyness of life we have learned that if we want to have some time together we best put it in the calendar, at least once a week. But often, when we reach that point of the day where the dinner has been served + cleaned away and the children has got their attention and love and are put to bed, we are both a bit frazzled. And it takes quite a shift to move into anything new. So, that night, we agreed to just sit for a while. And take a moment to breathe.

And there I sat and was completely STILL. For more than 5 minutes. at 8.30 pm. Wow!

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(Me, on a beach on Bornholm)

As I settled, I began to notice the many fine sounds in the room. The calmness of the evening, inviting us to listen to the inner voice and find peace with whatever IS. And I SAW my life, and me in it.

I began noticing how much I have in my life to be grateful for. It is a lot. And I felt the healing of being grateful for what there IS, rather than to long for what IS NOT.

It hit me almost as a chock how I very rarely just SIT.  Without having some specific inner or outer activity going on. I have many wonderful practices. I consider my painting process as kind of a meditative state, a deep inner quiet and a connection to fine things. I do running and pilates. And I walk. I also write morning pages. But just sitting without doing anything has not been part of my practise, so far. From now on it will.

And to be quiet together with someone I care for before engaging is a beautiful way to start a meeting.

Thank you, Quiet moment. Once again, I am grateful to be alive. I will try to remember.

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(“Dreamtree”, original sold – signed prints available HERE)

BIRTHDAY GRATITUDE SALE – UP TO 50 % OFF

I am grateful for so many things – for starters, I am grateful to be alive in this simple, complicated, beautiful life. And to be almost well again after a nasty flu.

AND, tomorrow, the last day of the first month in the year is my BIRTHDAY! I decided to celebrate with a BIRTHDAY-SALE, Because, one of the many things I am grateful for is all YOU wonderful people who for the last years has shown kindness and interest in my art and products, and continue to support in many ways – thank you so much!

Simply head over to my webshop and use the code “BIRTHDAY15” at checkout (all capitals, no quotation marks), which gives you a 25 % OFF any purchase this saturday AND sunday. That is on top of the january 25 % sale on signed prints and calendar, which means a 50 % bargain on some items, if you use the code , yep!!! Find the shop right HERE, enjoy and cheers!!!

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(I know – this pic above is slightly out of season, but we can always dream in january…..)

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This and many other signed prints is part of the 25 % off sale in january – and with the code BIRTHDAY15 you get an extra 25 % off, voila!

Bubbles and soothing messages for you – and new prints!

Dear you.

Do you sometimes feel that you are too …. wild, quiet, impossible, crazy, forceful, stubborn, strong, passionate, expressive, chatty, opinionated, loud, weird? That you basically are a burden and TOO MUCH?

Well, then you are probably quite creative and chock-full of life that needs to be shared with the world! Here’s a salute to you and all the beauty you contain that deserves to have a place in the world – with all of you, just as you are, no less!!!

"You are a Blessing/ Du er en velsignelse" Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1600 kr.

“You are a Blessing/ Du er en velsignelse” Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1600 kr.

Text in painting above reads:

“You are a true blessing. With all your funny quirks and 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 and beaming smiles. You are a blessing, just as you are!”

AND, I just made the image above and the 3 below available as signed prints in my webshop, you can check them out here! AND, if you buy 3 prints I have made this discounted set just for you!!I Perhaps a new years gift to yourself or someone you think would be thrilled to receive a print with a soothing message!

""House of Inspiration/ Inspirationens hus" Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1600 kr.

“”House of Inspiration/ Inspirationens hus” Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1600 kr.

“Blooming garden/Blomstrende have”  24x30cm/7,9 x 11,8 in - 1.600 kr./ 299 $

“Blooming garden/Blomstrende have” 24x30cm/7,9 x 11,8 in – 1.600 kr./ 299 $

"Pouring Joy/ Rindende glæde" Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1600 kr.

“Pouring Joy/ Rindende glæde” Acrylic and paper on canvas, 24 x 30 cm 1600 kr.

Love, Lise.

We never know beforehand

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“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!

Would you like some Inspiration?


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 Image: “Pot of Inspiration”  ON SALE right now. 20 % off everything in my webshop until coming sunday!!!

I write my morningpages most days. Some days it helps me be with the parts of me I would otherwise push under the carpet because it didn´t at first seem tempting to examine the feeling of fear, restlessness or sadness. Truth: they always hold a hidden gem, and morningpages is one way to uncover that. Other days it gives me a place and time to jump verbally with joy or count my blessings. In both cases, it´s like quietly stirring my inner pot of inspiration. It really is. I can almost feel the bubbles rising.

In my experience, Inspiration comes to visit when we make ourselves attractive to it. And, to Inspiration, attractive does not mean a perfect or always happy person. I find that what Inspiration seems to find most attractive is something I will call “Movement toward Joy”. When we dare to move – even with the smallest of steps – in the direction of our passion and joy and does so again and again, that´s when Inspiration decides to jump our train.

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(Me, writing morningpages – yes, lefthanded!)

And “plop”, you have an idea that seemed to come from out of the blue. Or you suddenly SEE the solution of a certain problem. Or perhaps you just know that you have to begin taking that dancing class, for no seemingly logical reason. And when you do, even more inspiration begins to flow, which leads you in the direction of a more passionate and fulfilling life.

For me, writing morning pages (more about morningpages HERE) is the greatest help for inviting Inspiration as a daily companion. It keeps my inner pot brewing keeping up the temperature of my life passion without making me burn out. I highly recommend this tool, created and introduced by the blessed creativity coach, Julia Cameron.

I don´t think of it as luxury to live a life nourished by Inspiration. I think of it as a respectful and most fitting way of administering this marvelous life we have been given. May Inspiration quietly and steadily be bubbling in our lives every day. Perhaps hidden under the surface and not very feelable to ourselves on testing days. But all the time nourished by our quiet steadily Movement toward Joy!

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“Dancing with Joy”, also part of the 20 % SALE this week!

 

Time for details

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(“Time for details” signed posters available HERE)

The last weeks I found myself absorbed in details. Sometimes the big picture doesn´t seem clear, or perhaps right now is not time to try to understand the full scope of why I am here,  what I am doing or where I am going. That´s how I feel at the moment. Instead I found myself utterly enjoying all kinds of details. I also discovered something, a discovery that came from taking up a new practice, I call it: “Daily Deliberate Gratitude”. 

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(Celeste, me, Vincent and Rune on a forrest walk, aaaah!)

I heard many people speak warmly of practicing gratitude (I am sure you have too) but this is the first time in my life I took it up as a daily thing. Since the beginning of this year I have been doing my Daily Deliberate Gratitude, calling over 3 things I am grateful for every evening before going to sleep. Let me just join the chorus: it works wonders in so many fine ways!!!

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(Freja, one of our 2 dear cats; they add a lot of well being to the whole family, and they seem happy with us too!)

So here is what I discovered: I saw how Details and Gratitude interconnect. 9 out of 10 times it was the details that caught my Gratitude-attention, rather than the big things. Small things like a tender hug from my son, the quiet time spent with one of our cats, the forgiveness in my husbands voice after a misunderstanding. The moment of letting myself shower in the returning sun and light. A helping hand at the right moment; being allowed to also be there at the right moment for someone else. The beauty of candles reflected on the shelf, creating a new picture on its own. A well brewed coffee.

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(The kindest and very professional helping hands from Celeste)

I would recall 3 of those things every evening and what I discovered was this: By noticing and giving thanks for the small things I began sometimes waking up feeling grateful for EVERYTHING. A spontaneous grateful feeling throughout my body. I didn´t even notice that I did NOT feel this very often before, but I certainly noticed the difference. What a blessing to wake up feeling grateful!

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(Detail from our kitchen, just love this towel rack from a local market)

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(This little setup with a painting and 2 of my favorite candle holders puts a smile on my face; they somehow just fit!)

In sincere gratitude for all the details in life.

Xx Lise.

PS: If you love postcards with details (including the “Time for details” postcard), check out this pack below of 8 cards – totally cute if you frame them, or to give away for small joys!

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Pack of 8 cards available HERE, worldwide shipping with care and joy!