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I have always enjoyed painting and drawing but first as an adult, I started to do it full time.  I am piano and music teacher, so my life has always been filled with music.  I was working as a teacher for many years and also as a part-time musician, playing all sorts of genres, from classical music to salsa, pop and jazz.

 I have always had the need to express myself.  I have been using music, writing and painting/drawing to express my inner self, since I was very young.  To me painting or drawing is like making a photo, but there are no limits at all…  I can choose whatever I want to project onto the paper or canvas….but there is still this Magic feeling of saving a moment of time.

Welcome back Lena, we shall  continue where we left off last week!

No. 7)  Do you identify with your subject and if so, on what level?LENA skanna0172

 When I paint I am in a state where I just AM.  I do not consciously identify with anything at all, when I am paining.  I just open up, switch “channel” and go to a place where there are no words.   

I know everything I paint IS me, or a part of me.  I can surprise myself many times, because no matter what the subject is, I can “read” the painting afterwards and see prints of what my subconscious mind and my higher self is telling me about myself.  There is always a process going on, long before I start making a painting. Thoughts, emotions, reactions, needs, all blending together, making a painting necessary to be born. This process is going on both consciously and also in my subconsious mind.

I identify with the subject on many different levels; in mind, feelings and also on a higher level, that could be described as your higher self.  I also think my inner child is constantly speaking to me, everytime I do a painting.  I could say I identify on a mental level,  an emotional level, a spiritual level…  and when I think about it, also on a physical level, because    I am very physical when I paint. I do light and soft brushstrokes to make a certain expression show. I do quick and very decisive strokes, to show another energy in the painting, so yes, the physical level is there as well.  If I paint a cat with a very calm temper, I AM calm when painting it…

No. 8)   Does painting help you connect with your higher self, whatever that is for you?  (you’ve covered this but you can elaborate more if you like)

LENA o (24)Painting for me IS connection with my higher self, as well as connection with my inner child. Painting can feel like a cleansing of the soul, an inner journey, where I meet myself on a higher level.  This has nothing to do with what I am painting. It is part of the painting process for me. I could paint a leak or an angel, the connection to something bigger than myself must be there, for the painting to be authentic.

The painting for me is always free from limits, for me to be able to follow my inner voice or higher self. The painting process feels like a meditation or a trance, where you enter an altered consiousness. It gives me the feeling of being connected to everything in the Universe. This is the same launguage, as we use when dreaming…wordless and in the NOW.

 No. 9)  How do you feel about creativity in the public school system, in its development with student, and the use of creativity in problem solving?

In my opinion, the public school system is a system, where creativity does not really fit. There are schools and teachers, that manage to go against the order and schedule in this system, making ways for creativity to blossom.

The public school is mostly a school for practising the left brain. We sort, cathegorize and memorize a lot of details.  In school we divide the world into a lot of smaller boxes, calling them sibjects like maths, geography, music and so on. Spontaniety is often banned; there are plans for how things are to be made.

Creativity needs freedom to be expressed. There is also a need for teachers to guide students to find their own creativity. Maybe most teachers do not have the education, to help students develope their creativity? Or maybe some teachers are not enough creative themselves, to understand the importance of creativity?  I think there is a need for a new way of being in school today. We need to cultivate creativity and to value not just the logical, concrete parts of life.

Sometimes I watch the TV program, where the Nobel laureates sit together,LENA eur vk close3 to discuss different matters of life, seen from their special viewpoints.  I am always amazed about how they all seem to emphazise the importance of using your imagination and creativity. Many of them seem to express  themselves in creative ways, like playing music, writing or painting.  They all value creativity very highly, when it comes to priblem solving.

 No. 10)  In your opinion, what would be a simple solution to improve creativity in the public school system?

To encourage the students, to trust their ability to listen inwards and to strengthen their self esteem.  To use different ways of learning through drama, painting, crafts, music….  Intergrate these into the other subjects…

To teach from a wider perpective, where you see things as a whole and not in details, using many subjects to learn about one theme and to let the students choose other ways, than just speech or writing to learn and to report. 

Why not use music, painting and drama in a historical theme?

Let the students express themselves in as many ways as possible…

Teach teachers to trust in the students abilities and let them be more like a mentor for the student…

LENA skanna0058Change the schedule system and let the students stick to ONE theme for a longer period of time, so they have the time to reflect and develope what they need.

We could also let artists, musicians, authors and actors work in the shool system teaching about creativity.

Remember I am Swedish, so I am talking from a Swedish and European perspective.

No. 11)  What are you hoping to “teach” through you art?

My hope is to open up the hearts and minds of people, to make them get in conctact with their inner child and higher self.

To inspire them to express themselves in new ways.

To show there are many ways of seeing life and what is in life.

To give them new “glasses” to see life with.

To show that imagination and creativity is a blessing and joy.

I would rather inspire than teach.

Lena, thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us so generously.  It has been a real pleasure doing this with you and until our paths cross again, keep well and be blessed!

TO THE READER:LENA Blå tromb_redigerad-1

You are cordially invited to visit Lena’s links to see more of her work.  Your comments are truly appreciated as well and we thank you.  Enjoy!

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By Lena Rydström on June 17th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Thank you so much for letting me participate on your blog Michele!
I am honoured.

Love the vibrancy of your words and paintings. They are inspiring although I am a total disaster with a brush..have to stick to my pencil LOL Thank you for sharing Cecelia

By Lena Rydström on July 25th, 2011 at 6:02 am

Thank you so much Cecelia!
We all express ourselves in different ways and the media we use, is not what is important. The important thing is we do follow our need to express…
Good luck with your pencil and always trust yourself! xx
– Lena


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My name is Michele Andree. I am an artist, I paint musicians in action. I think I’m a musician at heart, my instrument being… a brush, so I play…brush and I paint… music.
I love jazz. I call it freedom music. It promotes special values. I love intelligent people and good conversations.

Some people ask me how music relates to art. Personally I find they go hand in hand. Music is what turns me on to painting. It makes me see colours