New Attitude #01: Presentation

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Photo by: Anna Isabella Sandberg

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!

Inside the mind of a Painter series: Fear

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The biggest obstacle in life is fear. Especially for artists in their art career. We are often very careful creatures, sensitive and riskaverse. I’m afraid to fail and I’m afraid to succeed. The fear of change is something everybody feels I think. Even when the change is good. Humans are creatures of habits. But in order to step it up to the next level in life we need to let go of fear.

The artist Georgia O’keefe once said “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.”
I try to live with that motto everyday.

A spiritual teacher once told me that if I want to get rid of something I should visualize all those feelings as an object and then imagine that I am standing somewhere high up and then I let it go. I should imagine how the object is falling down, far away from me. The feeling “Fear” I visualize as a dark cloud pulling far away from me with the wind.

Back with Oilcolors

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I started painting with oilcolors again. It feels really great. Lately I’ve mostly been focused on my Illustrations. But there is a certain feel to oilcolors. The fact that you are standing by an easel sharpens you up a bit. And I love the new arches oil colour papers I bought in the Us. There is a special finish to the surface thats very different. It’s a satin finish that reminds me of sand.

Resurrection

This is one of my latest pieces, “Resurrection.” It’s all about transformations and change. It’s a royal Phoenix arising from the ashes of life. Whenever we find ourselves being in a rut or surrounded by negativity one should remember that after the rain comes sunshine. Darkness only makes you stronger if you stay true to your own inner values while riding through it. Sometimes its hard and sometimes we get stuck in our own little traps in life. But this piece is to all of them who have been through hardship and came out on the other side as a bigger and better person.

European painter in the US part2

Since I got here I have only worked on my Illustrations but now I have all of the materials gathered to start with my oil paintings. I have bought a new paper I have never tried before; arches oil paper. I have worked with oil on paper before, both in my early youth and in my printmaking classes.

I am so excited to try it. One of my biggest inspirations is Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) and she painted on huge papers back in the 1900s.

#arches #oilpaper is available both by the yard and in smaller pieces but I have found that they are still hard to come by.
#archesoilpaper #aisandberg #aisandbergusa

The charity auction tomorrow!

In translation “The human and the city”. 2014. This is my contribution for the charity auction #BornToBeEqual held tomorrow night at one of the largest night clubs in town. I am so grateful for being a part of this journey. I have learned so much from being a co-founder to an auction. Thank you Linga Sjöqvist who asked me to join this exciting and not always easy journey. I am pleased by the result so far but lets hope tomorrow night will be a success.

There is still time to make an online bid at any of the artworks in the auction. Online bidding close tomorrow, Wednesday 27th of May at 4 p.m. (CET). For the artworks see our webpage http://borntobeequal.blogg.se

Email me if you would like to place a bid. Euro and Us dollar is fine. The currency at the webpage is SEK (Swedish Krona).

To my Lovely followers!

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This month one of my followers have the chance of winning a lovely watercolor painting. I am so grateful for all of my followers, old and new. You guys are the best! This is my way of saying Thank you guys.
#followers #competition #art #artist #aisandberg #nude #watercolor #painting

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