30 December 2014
Christmas has passed and we're coming closer to New Years Eve.
This year has been difficult when it comes to my creative side. I've taken a break from all "musts" and I've tried to let go of the thoughts were I force myself to create for others. Thinking this would be the trick for unlocking new, more interesting, projects hidden inside me.
But suddenly all my little ideas have vanished, I'm sitting there with my idea-block only to realize that I simply have no ideas. I get sad. Then I get angry. Is this my fault? Should I be blaming it on someone or something else? That's easier than blaming myself I guess. Is my job ruining my personal creativity? Or am I simply out of ideas? Forever? Is that possible? The less I create the more scared I get of it. Suddenly I don't stroke paint brushes with this tingling sensation in my body but with fear.
Although I'm blessed with knowing many creative people, I don't know someone who's feeling like me at the moment. Someone who's simply scared about the ideas and the creativity disappearing.
That's the creative part.
A part that I'm more happy about is a psychological one. After university I've been looking closer into why I tend to worry more than others, I want to work with this while I'm young. Being sensitive is important in many aspects, but my worrying was starting to get pointless.
During the past months I've developed a way of working with my thoughts where I simply drop the useless ones. I don't need to think about this, the thought doesn't help me in any way - so bye thought. It's like when you meditate, you just see the thoughts and let them pass. It might sound like nothing but it's been great for me :)
A big base in finding inner peace is learning to control and focusing on your breathing. So yes, calming your breath calms your body – but it doesn't change your thoughts. It's important to have this in mind. To work on both your breathing and your thoughts.
However, I've always hated all breathing exercises. Really, all of them. Meditation and yoga didn't help my breathing either. I just got annoyed, this controlled breathing was just shouting at me you should be calming down now, halluuu? Get calm!!
It didn't give me peace. Duh. Starting meditation or yoga with that goal just failed. However, during april this year I started going to hot yoga (moksha, not bikram) in order to fix my lower back that was starting to protesting against sitting in a chair all day. I hear you back, it's no fun! I also had to fix some neck-problems due to almost breaking it in a diving-class I took during spring (in attempt to letting go of fears... maybe jumping from 7,5 meter up helped - not sure yet).
The hot yoga was fun and more challenging than regular yoga without heat so I kept going even after my back was fixed (hot yoga pretty much fixes every single back problem, the studio is filled with success stories). In the heat, you have to learn to breath slowly through the nose, otherwise your breath will run away and you'll get exhausted. So, I'm finally learning how to control my breath by staying in the postures. A much more effective and fun way to learn about breathing.
Psychology in Sweden often turns to CBT, Cognitive behavioral Therapy. But there is a new method, friends with this one, called ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. There's a really popular book about this by Russ Harris (The happiness trap) which I recommend to any- and everyone. CBT is a lot about changing the way you think. ACT makes you realize that thoughts are just thoughts and helps you make them silly and stop taking them so seriously. So in other words, it helps you accept things as they are. Which has been a much more effective way for me.
Hmm... and actually having written this I realize that what I've learned about my mind might have been a bigger achievement this year than if I'd produced more pictures.
So, let's welcome the new year – I've got no idea what I'll learn this time.
25 December 2014
You were our little sunshine.
You were the one who made our home feel like a home. You gave heart and soul to our house. You were the first thing in our mind when we opened the front door. You made us laugh. You calmed us down. You gave us happiness in the simplest of ways. You were perfect just the way you were.
You getting sick was unthinkable. You had to get better, it simply couldn't end bad. You had half of your life left. We fought for you, week after week, never loosing hope. And just when we though things were getting better, it got worse. Although the tests had shown that you didn't have a tumor, it became clear that the results had been wrong. Your muscles were getting weaker and the bleeding had started again. None of us wanted to make the decision, but we knew you couldn't tell us if you were in pain or not, and it feels like we wanted to believe you weren't for our own sake. So we had to do what we believe was best for you, and not for us.
All I wished for christmas this year was that you would heal. Although you left us on the 12th of december, you will forever be in our hearts and in our minds. We love you.
09 December 2014
My tote bag, from Society6.
At first, I was't sure I liked it. But now I do :) The print on the pillow cases is more sharp - but this is printed on really tough fabric which has been great for when I go grocery shopping.
If you use this promo link you get free shipping and 5$ off every item, until sunday.
06 December 2014
26 November 2014
23 November 2014
I think Society6 has added too many products that you can print on. I thing for example rugs, shower curtains and clocks are rather unnecessary in the shop. If I could recommend any products - it would of course first hand be an actual art print or the pillow cases. I also think cases and skins for phones, iPads and computers are really nice. I ordered some things on the 9th of november and received them 21st november here in Sweden (from USA, and luckily no toll either :).
So if you're looking for a christmas gifts there is still time to order!
07 November 2014
03 November 2014
29 October 2014
A friend of mine recently gave birth to a daughter and asked me to illustrate a picture for her where there was information about her daughters birth. This is a part of the illustration, I've removed some text when showing it online. The original is square, like most my pictures.
I tried changing from black ink to blue crayon this time. It was frustrating in a way because I had to sharpen the pen all the time and it just got smaller and smaller and smaller....
I really appreciate a sharp tip you see.
But ink can be so harsh, it's difficult to make subtile shades.
30 September 2014
But it sort of failed. One problem is that I have no space to shoot in our small apartment (we are looking for bigger as we speak) - so I had to go to my dads house to have space. And that wasn't always ideal. I had to borrow flashes from work and dragging them with me on the train and then to my dads was also a craphouse.
I needed to have girls with long-ish hair, and that I did not have. I had myself. And my hair was getting too heavy for me to stand. So now it's cut and I've got these flat bangs that don't look like they should.
Uff, I hate starting projects and then everything becoming messy and no fun.
But the more you have to depend on location, your own appearance and having the right stuff...the less fun it gets.