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!

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.