my very first ice-hole swimming!

icehole acrylic + mix 60 x 60 cm

acrylic + mix
60 x 60 cm

see below the origin for my inspiration


tampere, finland

brrrr…how to unplug and re-boot your mind…feeling afterwards like a newborn baby (with skin looking similiar to a piece of kobe beef) !!

some people say it’s a polar bear dunk, others find it is just stupidity incarnate. but speaking from my own crazy awesome experience: that ice-swimming brought me on to a whole new level of body awareness! i think the secret of plunging into icy water lies in the feeling that surges through your body once you get out of the water. well, i needed a certain amount of courage (+ sauna) before going into the water, but i did indeed overcome the fear to enter the unknown black and felt myself afterwards incredible brave and strong! the initial shock and momentary loss of feeling in my legs was passing soon. as soon as i was back on dry land my circulation kicked in and my body started to warm up.

the change was amazing and the resulting energy boost stayed with me for hours!

23 Gedanken zu „my very first ice-hole swimming!

  1. To be honest I have no idea what Kobe beef looks like but I am impressed how well the painting reflects the freezing cold on the swimmer’s face!

  2. well, kobe has got a well-marbled texture and that’s the way i looked like, too. we finns are nuts, hehe.
    (…) reflects the freezing cold (…) i’m amazed about your power of observation!

  3. Joe sent me the link to this post because we were talking about swimming in ice cold water and he said you had done it. You are so brave! For me going swimming in the beginning of June when the water was still quite cold has been a huge accomplishment… even then straight from sauna. 🙂 It did feel amazing. Your painting is so beautiful!

    • give in, and you might find, against all your expectations, that you’ve found a new energising passion in life 🙂
      actually i wanted to paint a serie of ice holes, but only this one remained. i’m supposed to plunge into the icy water again… for a new inspiration 😉

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