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Selling My Art in Queenstown New Zealand.

Horned GodOctober 2013 we went to live in Queenstown New Zealand for 5 months and 2 weeks. A much needed change after a 4 year stay in Thailand. Going to New Zealand gave me a great opportunity to sell my art direct to you in person. This was my first one to one selling in 8 years and the experience was amazing. Selling in person means so much and I’d really missed the opportunity to do that on a regular basis.

I learn’t what you liked, and I really connected on a person level. It enabled me to share my story behind my art. To me the real connection between man, animals, plants and nature is at the core of my art and the sense of connectedness we all share.

Queenstown saturday market in the park. It’s alive with music and arts, and people from all over the world came to join in the friendly atmosphere. Queenstown has a majestic feeling, the mountains and the lake are memorising and you cannot help but feel amazing at being part of it.

So I signed up for a Sellers License to enable me to sell my craft. After my experience as a selling artist in Queenstown it made me realize how important it is to have an outlet to share and talk about my art. its all about making new friends and sharing my experiences with other artists and you. Sharing is the reason why we all create and I love to be with people who inspire me to create and be a better person.. It’s not just about art, its so much more its about the experience I have to connect with so many people like you.

Obtaining a Sellers License in New Zealand For 6 Months.

As a Brit you can get a tourist visa for up to 6 months. Selling your art at craft fairs and galleries in NZ you can apply for a sellers market license at the local town hall. While I was visiting Queenstown, my first point of contact was the person who ran the Queenstown Market on saturday’s and she put me in touch with what I needed to do.

Taxation on your income while you stay in New Zealand was 10% if your stay is less than 6 months. This will change as time pass’s on so please check before you come. If you stayed longer then you would need to pay taxes on your world wide earnings. So I kept my visit under 6 months, as this would complicate things. I did this back in 2013, so bare in mind things may have changed since then.

Previously the last 8 years I have been travelling from country to country.  This has been tough on my art, because I was just creating and learning to sell online, with little knowledge on how to do it properly. I just went with the flow and didn’t really know anything about marketing and using the tools I had to hand to create a better following. And I fully admit I found it hard to stay connected, it was difficult to stay focused and positive, especially when you work on your own without any interactions.

Despite all this, I have learnt a lot.

  • I have taught myself to build a websites
  • I’m learning how write blogs
  • My writing has improved.
  • I’m doing what I love
  • I’ve found great ways to show off my art via social networking

I realise those 8 years of learning and creating art and being able to travel and create gave me the opportunity to create art the body of art I had to share, quiet often you were amazed at the amount of art I had on offer.

Positive Moves in the right Direction.

  • While I’m here I’m going to learn more about the industry
  • Create more art
  • Write a book about my art. This will be consist of an 3 sections – Introduction – Meaning behind each painting and story board from start to finish. I figure this is perfect way for you to get to know me and my meaning behind my work.
  • I will be writing more blogs.
  • Focusing on my newsletters.
  • Updating my websites.

I’m always adding new items to pinterest, instagram, twitter and Facebook. If you have ant questions or helpful advice you can contact me here just leave a reply and I’ll do my best to reply.

 

 

 

Introducing My “Majestic Deer” Art & January’s Sketchbook Dairies

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Since being in New Zealand, I have been so inspired by the natural beauty of animal and nature, especially after four years living in Bangkok city, its quiet refreshing to say the least and I’m loving my new home.

Since November I have been settling in and adapting to my new routine and home. From buying in lots of new items for our home and sourcing out printers for my art and learning everything about the area we live in. Its been a huge change to living in Asia for 4 years. There’s a lot we take for granted, in our lives, and as humans we can get pretty comfortable. Our lives are run by routines and when something changes it can set us off balance for a while, even me.

I’m on my 8th year of traveling so I am getting used to change and I have learnt to adapt, its still not easy, but I don’t take anything for granted. I enjoy my life, but I still miss settling in and nesting. I know most of you who read this have a house with all your creature comforts? I do too, but it belongs to our landlord 😉 So my home is New Zealand for the next 6 months before we head back to our condo in Thailand. So all this is why I have been silent on the web front, but life is all go. I’m now selling my art at the Queenstown Saturday Market Earnslaw Park. So I have had a lot to organise and keep me busy with my stall, every week I’m adding to my stall, and i’m slowly getting there.

I have also done 4 new pieces of art, heres my second peace I created called “Majestic Deer” This peace is about the harmony between animal and nature. Here’s my inspiration behind the art.

Wisdom from the Deer

MajesticDeerMy deer mother and father have taught me grace and peace. My home, the forest, is magical and full of beauty. My parents taught me to be sensitive and intuitive and above to love life. My inner fawn is innocence and I dance in the magical mysteries of life. But don’t be fooled, behind my big loving eyes I have learnt the dance of vigilance, for my mind is always aware. In a heartbeat I can quickly change directions with grace.

If you seek the magic that is within me, come to the forest and learn to dance to the rhythm of the trees and together we can learn life’s mysteries and live in harmony.

Animal Guide

The deer are full of grace, peace, love and beauty. As a spirit guide the deer is associated with gentleness and grace. You have the ability to move through life and obstacles with grace. The deer keeps you in touch with your inner child, and innocence, always sensitive and intuitive. The vigilance of the deer comes the ability to change directions quickly. Welcome to the magical life of nature she/he holds the ability to regenerate, watch and learn living beside nature keeps you in touch with life’s mysteries.

Affirmation

Today I’m full of love and grace, I can see the beauty in nature and my soul is at peace. I have learnt the dance of innocence and vigilance and I can walk the path of Harmony most divine.

Sketchbook Dairies

This sunday at 3pm till 5pm I’m holding a 2 hour sketching session in the Earnslaw Park Queenstown. Come watch me draw or bring a sketchpad to learn some sketching techniques  ITS FREE and a nice way to chill out on a sunday afternoon xxx

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Spirit Dancer

dryadOne of my older sketches I did a while back during a flight to Vietnam. Spirit Dancer inspired me to want to dance to the songs of the trees. One of my favourite pastimes is to sit outdoors and sketch to my hearts content. The feel of breeze whilst listening to the leaves rustle in the wind is so relaxing, it really fills me with joy in so many ways. My lungs are full of fresh air, which is so good for my body, mind and spirit. I feel natural spending my time sat outdoors, its what makes me feel really alive creating in the moment.
I’m just about to start my travels once again and this time I’m going to spend the next 6 months living in Queenstown New Zealand. One of the things I shall be doing there is looking into exhibiting and working with a few galleries. Anyone who is interested in learning new artistic skills in faerie drawings and spending days out with me in the countryside? Please let me know, by sending me an email here

Here are a collection of handmade Crafts I made below. Especially for my readers here there is a 15% Discount especially for you Coupon Code: 15SPIRITDANCER 1 WEEK ONLY
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Earrings £9.99
Ring £8.75
Journal £8.95
Necklace £21.75
Print £9.99

“Earth Soul” New Dryad Art

Art is a State of Mediation it’s Where We Connect to the Source.

2012 was full of flying around, losing a loved one, trying out a new career move, that did not work out, and organizing my wedding. On a waking moment basis I’m constantly battling with making a living while traveling because I have so many areas I can work in. I’m lucky to be a gifted person who can pretty much do what I set my mind to, whether its painting, drawing, making jewelry, crafting and cooking or just coming up with ideas my mind is always on the go, but this is also my downfall because I’m always moving from one job to the next and never doing something exceptionally well, and I often find myself exhausted and still struggling to be an artist.

As the year was at an end, I sat quietly and thought about my year and how I felt about my experience. Was I happy? Did i make others happy? Did I achieve the things I wanted? And if not why what happened for me to disconnect for a time. And this is how “Earth Soul” came to be. I was a wanting to be still and go back to the basics. Just using a graphite pencil to create and still my mind and meditate on going back to my roots.

Earth Soul is about going back to basics and learning from the ground up connecting to our roots. We all have times when we need to reconnect to the earth and feel at peace within ourselves after a busy day. Or maybe we want to spend a few minutes at the beginning of the day just to centre ourselves for the day ahead. Earth Soul is just that she watches and listens to the world within herself and around her and connects to the divine source as she becomes one with the earth. Many mediations start off or finish off with a grounding exercise. An ideal way is to imagine you feet growing roots and feeling all the goodness from the earth. As you breathe in you fill your body of all the goodness of the earth and as you breathe out, you release all the stresses, and any negative emotions of the day. The more you do this the more your roots travel and the more refreshed you will feel, ready to take on the day ahead, or relax at the end of a long day.

I’m still chasing my tail with different projects and trying to calm my mind, like what do I write next and will I achieve what I want at the end of this day? I’m sure many of you are asking yourselves the same questions? Does it really matter that I don’t achieve all I set out for my day? Will I punish myself if I don’t? Yes is the most likely answer, but today my message is to enjoy everything. So with that in mind its time to take a shower and grow my roots and reevaluate where I am heading today.

Ocean Heart


The other week I completed the finishing touches to “Ocean Heart“ my mermaid angel of the sea. Looking at the painting above you can see that I finished of the hair and the water, to create more depth and movement in the water I used thin layers of watery paint building up many layers. Finally I used white paint to add some high lights to the bubbles.

Her Goddess name is within you and speaks to you.

“Ocean Heart“ is about honoring our quiet time and simply being you, taking time to be in the moment, to appreciate yourself. Breathing listening to your heart beat feeling everything in that second, within you and around you. When you are at one, within the moment you can feel so much love and your inner voice becomes loud and clear. The pearl in between her hands is the essence of everything, you and all living creatures, in the ocean, on the land, in the sky, within the earth and beyond into our vast universe, its the pearl of all life and love.”Breath in the loving warmth and pass on that glow.”


Thank you for following my journey while creating this painting. Sharing this process with you has been very full filling and has enabled me to give something back. This was the 1st of my art tips and there will be more in the future. There are some lovely gifts now available from my zazzle store now available in ipad, iphone, blackberry, galaxy covers, skateboards, stickers, greeting cards and much more.

Coming soon! Handmade Jewelry from my etsy store