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Introduction To Becoming A Traveling Artist.


It’s been a plan of mine to start sharing with you my experiences as an artist and what it is like to travel and create for a living. Increasingly more of us want to be able to travel and work at the same time. So over the coming months I will bring you more on traveling as an artist and how to make a living doing what you love.

I have been traveling since October 2006, we started off in the US traveling east to west along the route 66 traveling on Harley’s, stopping in hotels catching up with work along the way. After our first two years of traveling, having fun living life on our terms, it became clearer that we did not want to come back home to the UK. Until December 2010 we spent 3 months a year in the US. We have lived on the road, in San Diego, Chicago, Orlando and St Petersburg. Besides Living in the US we have lived in Thailand, Philippines, and New Zealand. We have traveled to Vietnam, Hawaii, and India.

In the early days I really didn’t know how to earn a living while traveling, let alone go about it, or what I really wanted to do. All I knew was that art was in my soul and somehow I had to make it work, and find my path. To mix things up a little more, I also had to deal with living life completely differently, swapping our house for a suitcase, and leaving our family and friends behind, to having just the two of us. They say Traveling can either break you or make you, fortunately for us it made us stronger and I’m lucky to have my best friend and rock with me. Thanks to the internet it allows us to stay in touch with family and friends besides earning, enabling us to live life how we do.

Five and a half years on and today I live in Bangkok Thailand and have been now for the last 2years. Why? I here you say, well there are a few reasons for this.
• One being is the opportunity to live in another country learning about another culture, so much is learned by watching and stepping into another life seeing how people interact with each other. It’s humbling and allows you to think outside the box and broadens the mind.
• Two Thailand is a beautiful place, and the people are generally very happy.
• Three it’s very cheap and we can afford a good quality life here compared to the west. It’s no secret Asia is booming!
• Four which is the big one is TIME! It allows me the time to build on my business and really think about where I want to go in business and what I want to achieve. Time is the important key, far too many of us don’t have enough time to spend on the things we love, or don’t know where to start cause we are so wrapped up in life and we often don’t see ourselves. You are the most important person in your life so finding time is so important. Time is the only thing we have to experience life! So make it count! I could so write some more on this and give you the benefits, but I will create another blog for especially about you and your time 😉

I recon the next question on your lips will be how do you stay there for 3 years? For me it’s going to college for 4 hours a week. I go to a Thai language school where i am learning to speak, read and write Thai. What better way to connect to the country and it’s people than to learn and speak there language. I’m not fluent yet and it’s not the easiest of languages but the more I learn the better it gets. In Bangkok many Thai’s speak English so you don’t get to practice much, plus I have a western partner so I learn a little slower, but the main thing is the experience 😉 As I write this post I’m holidaying in Hanoi Vietnam and its so frustrating that I can’t speak their language. lol

More to come about traveling and working as an artist for a living. Here’s a list of some of the topics that will show up in future blogs 🙂

• The best way to start and earn a living online.
• In the beginning and how I found it making a living? and what were my problems.
• Traveling and work? A total rethink of how do business while traveling.
• How to be a traveling artist and earn a living.
• Tools of my trade – must have items.
• Where do you buy your art supplies.
• Whats different being an traveling artist the good and the bad.
• Advertising and promotion.
• Meeting other artists.
• Social media sites
• Time how important is it to you and do we have enough?
• Living in a suitcase and what its like.
• Living with less verses more.
• Investing money and creating a security blanket.
• Opportunities!! the world opens up!! You only live once!
• Living outside the box and looking outwards?
• Whats important to you?
• I wonder what the next 10 years will be like?
• Looking into the future? Where would I like to be and why?

 

FAEBAE

I wanted to introduce you to a new shopping site called FAEBAE. Some of you might already be familiar with this new site, some of you may not. It works much as the same way as ebay, where you can place items up for bidding or a buy it now option. What I love about FAEBAE is that they specialize in fantasy gifts for all you fantasy lovers out there. Plus they are really supporting new up and coming artists.

If your a new artist and want to open your own shop, then FAEBAE is an ideal place to start and provides FREE Classified Ad and Auction listings for the Art, Craft, Handmade, New Age and Fantasy Niche Markets. You can place your ads with a site that offers professional tools and site features without spending a fortune on fees. I too have recently started to add my own products here and the community is growing and I’m honored that FAEBAE is out there giving everyone a chance for there businesses to grow in a beautiful community of enchanted artists from all over the world. Thank you FAEBAE and I wish your luck on this beautiful venture.

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About

“Like many artists I have worked in many different areas, from custom painting, graphic design, sign writing, t-shirt printing, jewelry making, and tattoo designs. I just love creating and my brain is wired that way. I’m always inspired by so many different things. I love the beauty of nature and nature spirits and I’m drawn to the world of fantasy I feel its where I learn most of my lessons, when I create I get lost in the painting I’m creating and I try to think of what it means to me, what messages are there to learn from the nature spirits, I believe everything and everyone one are connected. With my art I’m creating a world of colour, and good feelings, a story within a painting. Most of us don’t have the time to switch off from this ever “faster” selfish pace of life. We need to just stop and think about who we are and what we are doing, and I want to pull you into my world of fantasy for a while and to get lost in yourself and appreciate yourself and the world around you.

From my experiences within myself, I have learnt to live more freely and that has given me the opportunity to travel, which I’ve been doing perpetually for nearly 5 years, appreciating different cultures and seeing the most beautiful sites. It has taught me to live a simple life, I have no house and therefore a lot less stuff that would fill it, now I feel better able to appreciate everything, seeing with fresh eyes everyday.”