carolinagruner

Carolina Grunér-Ashcroft

Painting landscapes of the soul. Writing stories of the heart. Self-taught painter and woman hoping to empower you with vulnerability. FIN/NZ Shop:👇🏽

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Her name is ’GRACE’. And she is here to tell us about the voice of women; How they’ve mistaken our flame for a flower. How the time has come to let that flower free. To let that flame roar, to let it be our power. She is here to tell us, that the time for warrior women is here. 🌙✊🏽💕🏹⚡️🌺🔥 . . . . . . #grace #portraitpainting #warriorwoman #moonpower #mooncycle #warriorgoddess #womenunite #womensvoices #girlpower #thefutureisfemale #intuitiveart #intuitiveartist #mothernature #angelmessenger #equalitynow #genderequality #empowerwomen #empoweredwomen #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #independentwoman #independentartist #bosslady #feminsism #feministart #magic #wallart #oilpainting #largescaleart #originalartwork #healtheworld
I got an interesting “call” today to go down to the studio and help a face materialise. I know that might sound coockoo for many, but that is basically what intuitive art is: answering calls. 🧚🏼‍♀️💓🔮📣💫💕 . . . . . . #intuitivepainting #intuitiveart #intuitiveartist #intuitivepainter #oilpainting #wip #largescaleart #largescalepainting #studioscenes #magicalart #mybeautifulmess #passioncolorjoy #doitfortheprocess #colorcrushcreative #paintersofinstagram #independentartist #artstudio #creativespace #oilpainter #scandinavianartist #finnishartist #nzart #nzhome #homeoffice #wallart #magic
How to be what this world REALLY needs. Some added words to my IGTV video “Why we don’t get recognition”. These are things I feel are so important we recognise; about how we can change the energy of being frustrated or feel hopeless for not (yet) getting the recognition in life we feel we’d so want, need or deserve. When we face these feelings, when we feel like giving up because things just aren’t going anywhere - THAT is when we have a true chance to find, and truly connect with, our TRUE value. And our value is our HEART. If we don’t face challenges, if we get what and where we want “too easily”, we tend to SO (so so so) easily become consumed by our ego. Our ego is the part of us that does not like challenge. That does not like things not going our way. That does not want to be questioned. Our ego wants fame and fortune, and it wants it now. Our ego is also VERY easily flattered (and this is true for all of us) - and when flattered, quite quick to inflate. And when our ego gets flattered, when our ego gets stroked and grows big, we so very easily lose our way. What we do, who we are, becomes motivated by our ego, instead of rooted in our heart. And how we root ourselves in our heart, is through challenges. Through test of faith. Through trying times. Because these are the times that only passion and dedication COMING FROM THE HEART, will get us through. These are the times when we have the chance to establish a TRUE bond to the motivation of what we do. A bond we will not forget or lose as easily when the flattering times finally come. And THIS is how we become what the world truly needs. We live in a world dominated by ego; a world now at the brink of ruin. Because ego wants others to fall, in order to rise itself. But the heart knows so much better. The heart knows that the more we give, the more there is. The heart inspires, the heart supports, the heart takes care of each other - ALL of each other. Not only the ones who will get us somewhere. So if you’re aching to give up, knowing that you simply can’t - it’s because you know the world needs what your heart has to offer. So please, keep at it. You are SO important, and you are NOT alone. 💗
This one wanted to remind you of its existence. 💫 “The gateway to peace stands open wide" 💞🕊💫🏹💕🌸✌🏽✨ 153 x 121,5 cm, oil on canvas. She is to be found at carolinagruner.com (link in bio) 💞🕊💫💕🌸 . . . . . . #oilpainting #artwork #originalartwork #largescaleart #oiloncanvas #messyeverafter #paintingoftheday #gatewaytopeace #intuitiveart #intuitiveartist #paintersofinstagram #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #studioscenes #artstudio #mycreativelife #myinspiration #healingart #artheals #passioncolorjoy #doitfortheprocess #wallart #independentartist #artforsalebyartist #myinspiration #believeinchange #bethechange #makeachange #healtheworld
I was thinking about what’s happened in my life since I started painting; what’s changed. And one of the biggest things is this: I have found proof of magic. My life nowadays consists of magic. Consistently*. When what it used to consist of was fear of losing control. Fear of not knowing. Fear of losing my place in life. My place in my partner’s life. Fear of losing my role. I told myself that the place I had created was the place that made and kept me safe. (Which turned out to be utter humbug fyi. Actually, the only time I REALLY have felt (and DO feel) safe is when I let go of the need to feel safe.) But in this place - where I wanted everything to be predictable - there was never any room for magic to happen. There were never even any situations for me to try out, to test, if magic actually WAS real, because there was no room for anything BUT the predicted. And magic cannot grow, magic cannot appear, in an environment like this. Magic needs so much more than just us knowing we want something specific to happen, in order to happen. Magic needs space. Magic needs void. Magic needs to have room to take form, to grow, to appear. Magic needs to feel that she is allowed to be unpredictable; that she is WELCOME to be unpredictable. That she is allowed to bring you even MORE than what you bargained or wished for. Magic needs to feel SHE is in control. You simply cannot see magic happen if you leave no room for magic to happen - that’s just plain logic. You need to loosen up a little. Relax a little. Trust a little. You need to take risks a little. You need to believe a little. You need to let go of (the need to) control a little. You need to love the unpredictable a little (a lot). And the more you loosen up, the more you relax, the more you trust, the more you risk, the more you believe, let go, and love - the more space you leave for magic to grow - and the more she will begin to make her presence to you a reality. 🔮⭐️✨ *Magic happening is consistent to the degree I at that point in time dare give up control in order to let her appear. . . . . . . #myunicornlife #myartistlife #magic #everydaymagic #magicisreal #believeinmagic #createyourownreality
Still on the topic of motherhood. 🙋🏼‍♀️ Since becoming a mother, I have been trying to work so, that I work when I feel the inspiration come - and otherwise I am with G (which, since moving to NZ has been a possibility, as Sam is now the stay-at-home parent). I thought it would work that way; that I work when the inspiration hits, because that’s how I’ve always worked. But I have realised that it doesn’t work like that anymore; as a mother, my instinct (and guilt) is always going to be prioritising being with my child. So, for the first time since I started on this creative journey, I am setting pre set work hours and days for myself - and I am going to do my absolute best to stick to them. I’ve always thought I wouldn’t be able to work like that; that I cannot force creativity or inspiration. But I know Life wants me to be happy. I know Life wants me to do what I do. I know I am MEANT to do this. So, I am trusting, that with honouring my own needs like this, inspiration WILL flow - and it will do so exactly when I have the space for it. 💫 . . . . . . #motherhood #workingmom #workingmomlife #findingbalance #familylife #creativelife #thebestoflife #independentartist #paintersofinstagram #bossbaby #bossladymindset
I thought I had been living true to myself. To the woman I am. I thought I was taking care of myself. I thought I was doing that, so that I could be a better mother to my child. But I’ve realised, that I have neglected myself completely. Put my own needs second and last. All I’ve done is feel guilty for what I do, whatever it is I do, even though all I’ve done is provide. And that feeling is so draining, that it’s just easier to be where at least your guilt says you’re doing right. And that’s where you put your own needs second and last. But how is my child supposed to learn how to live her life, if all I do is live for her? Because all I’m teaching her now, is how to live for someone else. She needs me to value myself, so that I can teach her to value her. She needs me to respect myself, so that I can teach her to respect her. She needs me to take care of myself, so that I can teach her to take care of her. She needs me to be whole, so that I can fully hold her. She needs me to be full, so that I can wholly give to her. She needs me to flourish, so that she has the best soil to bloom from. 🌸 . . . . . . #motherhood #momlife #preciousbabygirl #bossbaby #bosslady #motheranddaughter #blossom #bloom #growth #selfcare #momguilt #parenthood #watchingbees #weneedbees #savethebees #takecareofbees #takecareofyourself #evenifyouareamother
Walking on sunshine. 🌞✨🏖 . . . . . . #fatheranddaughter #beachlife #familylife #magicmonday #nzhome #newzealand #aotearoa
My small series of oil on paper is here! 🌸📜🧡✨ This series is my ode to the magic of our Finnish winter, splashed with a hint of tropical breeze (which is what we all dream of in the midst of our neverending darkness 🙈). Price: nz$444 (approx €250) each Size: A3 (240gsm) Unframed + FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE! These ones will only be sold through IG & FB, at least for now. So DM me to get yours or check my stories to claim! (First to claim gets it!) Swipe left to see collection. Titles below in order 1-8. 1. “Sunshine in the middle of winter” 2. “Hydrangeas on the market square” 3. “And everybody knows to look for the light” 4. “And they fly south for winter” 5. “Sometimes angels bring snowstorms (in the middle of summer)” 6. “Winter in Helsinki (and everybody goes to work)” I (SOLD) 7. “Winter in Helsinki (and everybody goes to work)” II 8. “Dreaming of flamingos” Hope you enjoy! And as always, feel free to reach out with any questions or enquiries. 🤗🔮🌬🌸✨🧡❄️💕 . . . . . #newartwork #artcollection #wallart #magicalart #intuitiveart #oilpainting #oilonpaper #inspiredbyfinland #wintermagic #tropicalbreeze #originalartwork #artonline #artforsalebyartist #artcollector #artcollectors #homedecor #homeinspo #bohohome #paintersofinstagram #independentartist #oilcolor #abstractarts #studioscenes #creativecorner #artstudio #mycreativespace #myunicornlife #colorcrushcreative #doitfortheprocess #surroundyourselfwithbeauty
Mantra of the day. 🕊
Do you think the sun realises how bright it shines, or is it just we, who bathe in its light, that know the magic and power of all that it holds? 🌞✨⭐️ Us humans are the same. We believe so little of ourselves; we don't realise the extent of our power. Yet, if we saw ourselves through the eyes of those who love, we would actually see all the magic that we hold. 🦄💞🔮🌞✨⭐️ "The magic that you hold" 61 x 91 cm, oil on canvas. Available in webshop, link in bio. . . . . . . #themagicthatyouhold #unlockyourpotential #newartwork #magicalart #intuitiveart #oilpainting #oiloncanvas #wallart #originalartwork #artonline #artforsalebyartist #artcollector #artcollectors #homedecor #intuitiveartist #ethereal #paintersofinstagram #independentartist #oilcolor #abstractarts #studioscenes #creativecorner #lightworkers #doitfortheprocess #bohohome #artstudio #mycreativespace #myunicornlife
"The magic that you hold" 61 x 91 cm, oil on canvas. For sale at carolinagruner.com (link in bio) or message me through DM 🦄🌸🔮⭐️ FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE when sent on a roll 🦄💎📦🔮⭐️💞📜🕊📯💜⚡️ . . . . . . #newartwork #magicalart #intuitiveart #oilpainting #oiloncanvas #wallart #originalartwork #artonline #artforsalebyartist #artcollector #artcollectors #homedecor #intuitiveartist #ethereal #paintersofinstagram #independentartist #oilcolor #abstractarts #studioscenes #creativecorner #lightworkers #bohohome #artstudio #mycreativespace #myunicornlife #doitfortheprocess #messyeverafter #healtheworld
Who's your angel on earth? Mine is my precious little bossbaby Grace, teaching me to reconnect with my funny side. To use my voice. To dance ugly. To completely let go. Heaven is so glad she came, and her mamma is forever grateful. ✨⭐️✨ "Heaven is glad you came" 101 x 76 cm, oil on canvas. . . . . . #myinspiration #mylove #myangel #myprecious #heavenisgladyoucame #gratitude #bossbaby #babygrace #oilpainting #oiloncanvas #originalartwork #artonline #artforsalebyartist #artcollector #artcollectors #wallart #homedecor #intuitiveart #intuitiveartist #paintersofinstagram #independentartist #oilcolor #abstractarts #studioscenes #magicalart #lightworkers #bohohome #artstudio #mycreativespace #myunicornlife
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