Local lottery for the charity “MusikHjälpen”

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A couple of talented local artists gave away their paintings to Unga Magasinets charity for the Swedish radio and tv show “MusikHjälpen” tonight! It was super fun. One of my paintings were there too ofcorse and there were a lot of happy winners there and ofcorse a lot of warm hearts that were happy to donate money for children in warzones that still have the right to go to school. ♡

The gallery opening, 40 Swedish artists.

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There was people coming and going throughout the day and I made some new connections and saw fellow artists I haven’t seen in a long time. It felt great being part of the local Arts Collective again after focusing on two other art projects for the past two years.

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My painting is the red and black at the bottom. I saw several great pieces at the exhibition that I liked, both in Printmaking techniques and also some abstract paintings.

Exhibiting “Illusion” on Gallery 13 today!

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"Illusion" 2013, Marker pens on paper.

I am exhibiting this piece at Gallery 13 in Sundsvall, Sweden today. Keep a look out for it if you are at the exhibition. There are 40 or so other artists exhibiting today and one week forward. Hope I see you there! If not I will keep you posted on how it goes. Have a great weekend.

Best cure for creative block: Kids

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Last week my cousine, her kids and I went to an open recykling workshop at our local cultural centre “Kulturmagasinet”. And let me tell you my creativity has been at a low point for quite some time now but playing with kids and just letting go of all the preassure of creating professionally, sure did the trick. We played with colors, glued stuff on stuff and just went crazy with it. We had a blast and there were no time to think.. Only time to feel.

And since then my creativity has been blooming. Know any kids around you? Set up a crafts day and see what happens! Worst case scenario you will have paint everywhere so make sure you got the right clothes for it. Rock on’ ♡

Inside the mind of a painter series: Flow

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How do one start experiencing flow? I recently listened to a lecture about the book  “Flow: the psychology of optimal experience “ By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. They talked about how you experience flow when you do something thats enough challenging for the brain to make an effort but not stressfull on you. Time just flyes by when you experience this and you get a lot done.

I naturally experience flow when I create and for me its a calm, stable feeling where all of your resources are in sync and things flow effortlessly throughout the day.

I thought about an exercise that can get you into flow quicker. At least for me. You should try this before you start working on something and please feel free to copy this list or share this post anywhere.

Aisandbergs’ shortcut to flow:
1. Calm down by focusing on your breathing. Feel your stomach move up and down.
2. Start doing things slow and with clear intentions.
3. Listen to the silence/noice around you. Just notice it. Don’t be bothered by it.
4. Be in the present moment by forgetting your thoughts and focus on one thing at a time. Focus on what you are doing.
5. Snap up on images/words/ideas that come to you during the day.
6. Do things right away as they unfold throughout the day instead of just putting it off. “Get that hot potatoe off your hands”
7. Don’t look on the clock so much. Set alarms for your next meeting or for breaks etc.

Ocean colors

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This weekend has been wonderful. All the colors by the ocean really inspires me as usual. The deep red, blues and sandy beige. The ocean air in my lungs, the sun kissing my skin and the trees comfort surrounding me. The weather has been phenomenal. It usually isn’t in northern Sweden, we are located as north as Alaska is in the Us. So naturally we have daylight 24/7 right now which creates this amazing light with pink skies in the evening.

All those pink pastels really sets the mood for something new…

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New Attitude #01: Presentation

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I’m the chairman of an art and environmental organization in Sweden called “Ny attityd” which means new attitude. It’s about new ways of thinking about the environment, creation and consumerism.

It was started a couple of years ago by a talented group of people and its main focus was the environment. But it has changed during the years and now we are infusing it with art, creativity and practical ways of thinking. We even have a studio in “Sidsjön”, a beautiful area close to a lake and the forrest.

All of the artists that are connected to us have a responsibillity to think about the environment when dealing with oil colours, other hazardous materials and waste management.

I will let you know more about our organization and what we are up to here on my blog!