August Artprint Gifting & Art Market at Spitalfields

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It’s time for the August Art Exhibition at Spitalfields Market starting on Thursday the 30th of July and runs to Sunday the 2nd of August, 10am – 5pm every day as usual. This time though I’m going to celebrate with a monthly give away! The print up for grabs is the “Life’s a Hammock” a signed and numbered limited edition screen-print. I’ve been pondering about this for a while as  I do only want to give prints that I truly love but I am also an artist who is making art for sale, to be re-housed and loved by someone else in someone else’s home. I am very happy with “Life’s a Hammock” as it’s part of “Life’s a Circus” which is a subject that I’m always going back to revisit and it’s a summer print.WEIMG_7546

To be part of my give away go to facebook.com/lindalalunaskoglund

1) “like” the page

2) “share” the page AND tag a friend OR share any of my artwork from my new Etsy shop

The winner for August will be chosen at random on the 1st of September and will be notified shortly after.

“But I don’t have Facebook!” Not to worry as you can still participate by

1) Sign up for the email subscription (top-right corner)

2) Email me and tell me why you’d like this print

Have fun and all the best of luck!

Spitalfields Monthly Art Market

Thurs 30th July – Sun 2nd Aug 2015

10am – 5pm

Disclaimer and peace of mind and heart – I will never give away your details to anyone else. I will never spam you and send you lots of emails. Remember, I’m busy creating art and changing the world around me. I will however let you know of upcoming exhibitions, my monthly give away, new work and inspirational beings.

Mapping Camden Lock – The finished works

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BRIEF – hand painted map and text on white brick walls with colour-coded categories: shops, food & drinks, Art & Crafts, street food area. Taking inspiration from Camden Lock’s history as a wood yard, wood, steel, industrial, art & crafts, the canal etc.

 

Mapping Camden Lock

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Here is the current project I am working on, painting maps of Camden Lock Market. They will go on the brick wall so I’ve draw up the scale and as I was waiting for the post to arrive with any missing colours I played around with what I had. If you’d like to follow the process or want to know more about outdoor mural painting check back here on my blog or come to Camden and see it being done.WEBIMG_5082

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Preparing is everything. If you want  to do this you’ll have to prepare the surface for painting. The brick walls have been painted with Masonry paint but the surface is still very uneven with holes. You could skip this step and go straight to painting Gesso which I will do next, mainly to fill in the worst holes as there is a risk a whole shop unit could disappear. Gesso is very expensive though so Masonry paint keeps the cost down. You can also use Matt Emulsion as a cheaper option for Gesso. It all works as a binder and it also saves acrylic paints as without it, any surface will swallow up the paint. Hopefully I can start getting the maps on the walls this week.

Word! Great voice from the lost(?) generation

This made my day!

“Our generation will be known for nothing.
Never will anybody say,
We were the peak of mankind.
That is wrong, the truth is
Our generation was a failure.
Thinking that
We actually succeeded
Is a waste. And we know
Living only for money and power
Is the way to go.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is a dumb thing to do.
Forgetting about that time,
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Changing our world for the better
Is something we never did.
Giving up
Was how we handled our problems.
Working hard
Was a joke.
We knew that
People thought we couldn’t come back
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around”

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Now here is the clever twist. Read from bottom to top, it goes like this:

“Unless we turn things around
That might be true,
People thought we couldn’t come back
We knew that
Was a joke.
Working hard
Was how we handled our problems.
Giving up
Is something we never did.
Changing our world for the better
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Forgetting about that time,
Is a dumb thing to do.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is the way to go.
Living only for money and power
Is a waste. And we know
We actually succeeded
Thinking that
Our generation was a failure.
That is wrong, the truth is
We were the peak of mankind.
Never will anybody say,
Our generation will be known for nothing.”

Jordan Nichols – now in my category of inspirational people.

Originally posted by Jordan’s brother on Twitter

Thank you Elite Daily for drawing my attention to this brilliant poem. Click here to see the original article.

Easy Angel cards

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Angel card

When all is quiet on the farm, when everyone is asleep, when the snow covers the ground and stars twinkle in the frosty sky – that’s when Tomten wakes up. He looks after everyone on the farm while they are sleeping. Sometimes, you can see his footprints in the snow. That’s how you know he is real.  Tomten has lived on this farm for many years. He has seen generations come, and generations go. But where do they come from, and where do they go?  My absolute favourite Christmas Poem by Viktor Rydberg and an important part of my childhood. So is making. Everyone in Sweden makes lots of stuff all the time and making Christmas designs and decorations is the most fun. I use to make these kind of Angel cards when I was little. They come as a set of 2 Angels in a double sided card with instructions. All you do is cut them out and slot together, add a string if they are for hanging or else place them on the mantel piece or a table.

“Angel Card” contains 2 Angles; 1 Red (pictured) & 1 Turquoise – comes with instructions

http://folksy.com/items/5163831-Angel-card

Making Xmas Fun & Eco

 

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It’s fun and easy to make your own Christmas decorations. We used left-over felt in many different colours to cut-out and decorate our own Christmas tree decorations.

Late night and Gypsy Gold

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We Make London ~ Camden Lock Market, London

Today is late night at Camden Lock and at the We Make London Pop-up Boutique with new designers and new energy after a busy and wonderful year so far. Both for me and the shop.

New for me and the shop is Gypsy Gold, a design duo based in East London, who “offer words for your walls and bags for your bits, printed with love to last a lifetime”. They’ve done a lovely write up about the shop and amongst a pick of many great designers, I happily noticed that they’ve included my “Flamingos dance” print from my “Life’s a Circus” theme. This month, I will have some new prints joining the circus so make sure to pop in.
Camden Lock Market and We Make London ~ Summer Night Market every Thursday in August.
Artwork by Linda Skoglund
Artwork by Linda Skoglund

Quote by Toni Morrison ~ Text by Louise Hay

“If Life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If the lemons are rotten, take out the seeds and plant them in order to grow new lemons.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG, between my ignorance and lack of self-esteem, I went through a long series of low-paying jobs. I worked in drugstores, dime stores, and in the stockrooms of several department stores. While my dream was to be a movie star or a dancer, I had no idea how to go about achieving that. Any job beyond where I was, became a far-off dream. I was so uneducated that even a secretary’s job was out of my league.

Then one day, Life took an interesting turn; I must have been ready. I had a job in Chicago that paid $28 a week. Why I walked into the Arthur Murray dance studios that day, I can’t remember. But I did. A slick salesperson sold me $500 worth of dance lessons, and when I returned home that night, I couldn’t believe what I’d done. I was terrified. The next day after work, I went back to the studio and confessed my poverty. They said, “Oh, but you signed a contract, and you must pay us the money. However, we have a position open for a receptionist. Do you think you could do that?”

The job paid $10 a week more than I was making. It was a large studio with 40 teachers. We worked 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and always ate our meals together. Within two days, I discovered that I was capable of handling the teachers’ appointments, collecting money, and making all of those introductions. I had a built-in social life and never had more fun at a job. It was a great turning point in my life.

After my job at Arthur Murray’s, I moved to New York and became a fashion model. But I never really possessed much self-worth or self-esteem until I began working on myself to release old negative beliefs from my childhood. In the early days, I had no idea how to change my situation. Now I know that the inner work must be done first. No matter how stuck we seem to be, it’s always possible to make positive changes.

If you were raised with the belief that you must “work hard” to earn a living, it’s time to let that belief go. Use the affirmation: Work is easy and fun for me or I enjoy all my work. Keep repeating these affirmations until your consciousness changes.

Do what you love and the money will come. Love what you do and the money will come. You have a right to enjoy earning money. Your responsibility to Life is to participate in enjoyable activities. As you find a way to do something that you enjoy, Life will show you the way to prosperity and abundance. Our inner guidance never gives us shoulds. The purpose of life is to play. When work becomes play, it’s fun and rewarding. Negative attitudes about work create toxins in the body.

If you’ve been fired, please get over the bitterness as quickly as you can, for bitterness won’t bring good into your life. Affirm often: I bless my former boss with love. Out of this, only good will come. I am now moving into my greater good. I am safe and all is well. Then use affirmations for creating a new job.

It’s not what happens to you, but how you handle it. If Life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If the lemons are rotten, take out the seeds and plant them in order to grow new lemons.

Sometimes when we get very close to our dreams, we become so frightened of having what we really want that we begin to sabotage ourselves. As hard as it is to imagine, we’re doing this to protect ourselves. Making a big move, having the ideal job, earning really good money, can be a very scary undertaking. What if I fail? What if people won’t like me? What if I’m not happy?

These questions represent the part of you that’s very afraid of the fulfillment of your dreams. Often, your inner child is the key to your fears. It’s time to be very loving, patient, and gentle with yourself. Reassure your inner child, love it, and make it feel safe.

Don’t get stuck with the belief that it’s hard to find a job. This may be true for many, but it doesn’t have to be true for you. You only need one job. Your clear consciousness will open the pathway for you. Too many people put so much faith in fear. When there’s a shift in the economy, the masses immediately buy into all the negative aspects and constantly talk about it. What you dwell on and accept in your consciousness becomes true for you.

When I hear about negative trends in business or the economy, I immediately affirm: It may be true for some, but it’s not true for me. I always prosper no matter where I am or what is going on. As you think and speak, you’re creating your future experiences. Be very careful about how you talk about prosperity. You always have the option of choosing poverty thinking or prosperity thinking. For at least the next week, notice how you talk about money, work, career, the economy, savings, and retirement. Listen to yourself. Make sure that the words aren’t creating poverty now or in the future.

Are you in a job now where you feel stuck? Do you hate your job or find that you’re just putting in your time to bring home a paycheck? There are definitely things that you can do to make positive changes. These ideas may sound silly or simplistic, but I know they work. I’ve seen countless people change their working situations for the better. The most powerful tool you can use to transform a situation is the power of blessing with love. No matter where you work or how you feel about the place: Bless it with love! I mean that literally. Affirm: I bless my job with love.

Don’t stop here. Bless with love the building, your desk (if you have one), the various machines that you may use, the products, the customers, the people you work with, and the people you work for, and anything else associated with your job. This will work wonders.

If there’s a person at work that you’re having difficulty with, then use your mind to change the situation. Use the affirmation: I have a wonderful working relationship with everyone at work, including (insert person’s name). Every time this person comes into your mind, repeat the affirmation. You’ll be amazed by how this situation will change for the better.

If you want to secure a new job, then in addition to blessing your current job with love, say this affirmation: I release my job with love to the next person, who will be so glad to be here. This job was ideal for you when you got it. It was the perfect reflection of your sense of self-worth at that time. Now you’ve grown and are moving on to better things. Now your affirmation is:

I know that there are people out there looking for exactly what I have to offer. I now accept a job that uses all my creative talents and abilities. This job is deeply fulfilling, and it is a joy for me to go to work each day. I work with and for people who appreciate me. The building is light, bright, and airy and filled with a feeling of enthusiasm. It is in the perfect location, and I earn good money, for which I am deeply grateful.
If you hate the job that you have now, you’ll take that feeling of hatred with you. Even if you get a good new job, in a short time you’ll find yourself hating the new one, too. Whatever feelings you have within you now, you’ll carry to the new place. If you live in a world of discontentment, you’ll find it everywhere you go. You must change your consciousness now before you can see positive results in your life. Then, when the new job comes, it will be good, and you’ll appreciate it and enjoy it.

So affirm: I always love where I work. I have the best jobs. I am always appreciated. By continually affirming this, you’re creating a new personal law for yourself. The Universe will have to respond in kind. Life will always pick the most appropriate channels to bring forth your good, if you allow it!”

Party, Party!! Designers Showcasing at Camden Lock

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I’ve just sent these little companions off to Camden Lock & We Make London Pop-up Boutique.

Opening party is on Friday the 7th June with a Fashion show and music.

6.30 – 8.30

Camden Lock

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