GRATITUDE – and about being here, on Earth

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Photo: “Gratitude”, mixed media on canvas, part of a new series of mini paintings
GRATITUDE.
 
I am sincerely happy to be human here on earth, with opportunities to love, learn and grow.
 
I remember once when I was about 15 years old, I wrote in my diary that I was happy to be a human being on earth, and it was here I wanted to be now. That I did not want to be heading anywhere else , but simply be fully present here.
 
My parents were religious. Not in the usual understanding, but in a searching, open way. I have deep respect for the fact that they never tried to enforce their beliefs on me. Still, I experienced that what they searched for often sounded like something that was THERE (in heaven) and not HERE. I wanted to be here. I liked it here, on earth, and I could feel heaven right here.
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I’m still happy to be here. I mostly feel it when I have good days and can get a grasp of life. On days where everything seems to fall apart (and that happens for us humans, certainly for me!), I find it more difficult to feel gratitude.
 
I would like to practice that; to be able to FEEL gratitude, even on those days. Maybe just for tiny tangible things as my bed, our sweet cat – or a good cup of coffee.
 
Today I’m just grateful. For the blossoming spring, for my work, for my family and how we develop together, and for good friends. Tomorrow may be different. Thank you, Creation, for everything. It is a unique and rich experience to live!
 
Love from Lise.
 
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The impractical, DEEPLY CLEVER PASSION

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“Jump into Joy/Hop ind I glæden” 30×40 cm/11,8 x 15,7 in – SOLD

Sometimes we do something simply because we have an inexplicable desire to dance, run the marathon or travel to a particular place. Not because it is logical, practical or directly related to anything useful. But because we get a little red in the cheeks and our heart beats faster at the very thought of it. It is Passion that knocking on our door. It is the very key to your own happiness.

The whisper of Passion rarely present in the form of the next logical step. The voice of Passion is the one who actually knows very well what it loves to do, but not so often is heard because frankly it is not paying much attention to the bills that needs paying and your daily duties in general.

But the strange thing is: When we dance a dance or pursue the dream we yearn for, we open to a place inside where it is possible to find a way of life which is BOTH practical AND joyful.
Or, in other words: when we actively listen to our inner passion, it will reward us by spreading its bubbling energy to all parts of your life …….

But first you must listen. Simply hear what it has to say, find out what it longs for. Even though it may say things that seem as if they are taken out of the blue (Tango? – Who has time to dance tango – it requires a partner, it costs money and it can´t really be used for anything practical – after all, this is not Argentina but Denmark…..).

Listen anyway. And do what you can to meet your passions desires. Even tiny step works. If you really listen to your passion, it will reward you with something far more precious than time and money:
– INSPIRATION
– INCREASED INTUITION
– A GOOD PORTION OF HAPPINESS

Which, as far as I know, is a far better basis for thinking practically and clear and generating profits in life. Also in terms of time and money. I think that is SO clever. Passion are really able of something very unique. We just have to remember to listen to it.

Love from Lise.

PS: I am hosting a local painting course here in Denmark, south of Zealand, on sat. May 28th, where we, in addition to learning juicy painting techniques, will train exactly that: listening to our inner Passion. Find the details and sign up HERE – latest signup coming friday the 20th.

– Or email me at mail@lisemeijer.dk and I will send you some info in English, thank you!

 

I am guessing you could use a bit of this?

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Right now, is is a wonderful but also demanding time for many people. Time for change, but it may come with a struggle. Time for more light, but not yet completely convincing. Time for spring, but still cold. A time where we humans tend to either give up on things or find a completely new approach. It is time for Easter; the old must die so there can be resurrection, in any meaning or emphasis we want to put on that.

Also, it´s full moon tomorrow here in DK, and a powerful one I heard.

There are many reasons to take it a little easy with ourselves and do something that truly nourishes our body as well as our soul.

For me, a bath does just that. Preferably in a real bath tub. And if you don´t have one, like I didn´t for many years, a shower with lit candles at the side and some delicious soaps and body oil  combined with time and soothing music will work wonders too.

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(I have this one next to our beloved tub, the best healing spot in our house!)

Look at it like a spring-cleaning for the body, and do it as often as you like during this time (or any time you want!) to warm your soul in this transition toward light and spring. It is a service to you, yourself, and thus to every life you get in touch with, being a happier, more balanced YOU.

And if you want some self care inspiration for your walls, you can buy the images above as signed prints in the shop in 2 sizes: A4 prints or the double sized A3 prints (just write in a note which one you want when you choose this item) – enjoy!

Love and take care, Lise.

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(This year our daughter, Celeste who is 12, decorated the Easter tree with eggs all by herself, which was a complete joy to watch. The care, the tradition, the creativity she put into it. To me, the eggs stand for new life and much needed resurrection energy) 

 

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

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“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.

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!

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.

 

To a dear serving soul

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(Sharing a moment: paper, acrylics and lace, available as print)

Of course I love you!

PAPER, you are the kindest, inspiring and very flexible friend. A true servant at heart and at the same time you have a way of glowing and owning your own beauty whether you are dressed up in fancy patterns, or worn and turned yellow from age. You are a beautiful soul in so many ways, connected to the planet through the growing trees you came from. Yes, I love you!

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Here are some glimpses that tell the story of the two of us and why I fell in love….

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Morning after morning you supported me when I wrote my morning pages and drank my coffee. Patiently you held my thoughts without judgement, good, bad, boring or bursting with inspiration. For that I am utterly grateful.

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(Coffee and flowers are also important, signed prints here)

When I re-found my courage to create art from the heart you played a big role. You offered so many great starts on the canvas with your wonderful patterns and colors. Your beauty gave me a kickstart, and off we went together. And that has been the biggest joy.

“Circus of Balance/ Cirkus balance", mixed media on canvas, 30 x 40 cm. 2.900 kr.

(Circus of Balance, prints here)

And now we have entered a new level of connection: we are in business together!!!

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Cards, prints, posters and calendars are created from you in thousands of copies.  I appreciate the production partnership with you so much, it is a truly exiting journey!

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(Wall Calender 2014, now sold out, but we´ll make a new one next year, you and I….)

But don´t think for a moment that that makes me take you for granted.  Still, what I love the most, is sitting down just you and me, watching and feeling your beautiful structure with my hands whilst creating something new. You are a true creative servant.

Thank you

(Above: card from Paperchase, arrived from a dear friend in my mailbox one day)

Dear gentle, faithful Paper, thank you so much for being part of my life!

Love from Lise.

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