Category Archives: Traveling Artist

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.

 

 

 

Trip to Manila, Typhoons and Sketching

Our Manila trip did not go as planned, but such is life sometimes you just have to go with it 🙂 Anyways we planned a little get away to visit friends and see what had changed since the last time we were there. We took a trip to our old home in Fort Bonifacio Serendra, Global city and was amazed to see how much it had changed. The photo below was taken in the inside area of Serendra and this really was a lovely place to stay. Below the Swimming pool and gym was basket ball and badminton courts.

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During our last stay Serendra was still only half built, but there were plans for so much more. In August we were both totally shocked at the growth of the area in the last 3 years, with many new condo towers built and more currently going up, along with a new business district and a huge new mall called Aura which was recently opened by Jessica Parker. 01/2013

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Heres a look at the new “Aura SM Mall”

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Global Activity is a hive of activity, with so much going on. Fort Bonifacio is more high end living, with everything you need from schools, supermarkets, department stores, malls, cinema, and great restaurants and also the most importantly an art store 😉 When we were last there it was without doubt the most expensive place we’ve lived at in Asia.

During this trip however we got caught out in a Tropical Storm Maring, with over 600mm of rain falling in just one day. So we were held up in our hotel for a few days, as many roads were waist and chest height and impassable by most vehicles.

With some time on my hands, this gave me the opportunity to create some new art. This is what I created while the sky was full of rain an asian style mermaid with a koi fish called “Spirit of Good Fortune” kinda apt for the situation we were in.

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We stayed at The Oasis Park  Ermita manila, a little boutique hotel. It was very reasonable and comfortable so we were very happy. The Food at the hotel was amazing and was one of the best places we ate during our stay Manila, although very pricy, but this was 1st class dining at its best. Home made soups started at $5.00 and was served with home made fresh bread. Mains were around $17 and the sweets up to $8. I must not forget to mention the homemade ice-crean by Chef Chris, absolutely delicious. I was told beforehand  that the restaurant was very nice and has won many awards it certainly was very popular. Trip advisor reviews 4.5/5

Here’s a video or our taxi ride back to our hotel on Sunday 18th August 2013 Tropical Storm Maring. On our way back water started to come into the footwell in the car, quiet scary at the time.

 

 

Beautiful Sisters, Custom Portraits

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I decided to call this work “Beautiful Sisters” I’ve been taking a break from my normal art works, just to bring some element of change back into my work. Over the last month I have been going to my local coffee shop to draw and get myself out of the condo and start meeting people. Normally I work from the condo and it can get pretty lonesome at times, as well as very stagnant, so these outings really do brighten up my day. Working more with sketches will really help me perfect my art, the more you draw the better you get. Sketches don’t take very long either. I’m loving my new routine and I’m making new friends and people I know are loving what I’m doing as they didn’t even know I was an artist. So its really cool to share this with them, and makes me feel good about myself and is confidence building 😉 I know you might be questioning me here about my confidence, but its true I really do need help sometimes, especially as I work alone a lot. The encouragement, advice and criticism helps me to grow as a person and perfect my art too. After all my art is really about inspiration from all directions, from you to me. Life would be pretty dull without it.

I know this particular sketch looks more finished to the eye, than a just quick sketch, but thats because I like to sketch lightly first using a H or HH pencil to get the feel for the composition, in this piece I get the feel for the flow whilst working in a harder pencil so I can figure out where I’m going with it. Once I’m happy I switch over to 2B or 6B pencils, because they are softer and darker I can shade in the details quite quickly. The more I’m sketching the more confident I’m feeling about taking on more complicated pieces.

For the foreseeable future I definitely want to get out more to sketch and I really want to get some classes going myself and teach others what I know and give something back to the world. I’m not sure where I can do this yet, but I’m hoping if I’m on the right path then maybe doors will open, either with a little help for me or you. Normally working on your own can be lonesome so this is an ideal opportunity to really meet new people, combining art and making new friends.

For the next 6 months I will be in Queenstown New Zealand, so if you fancy meeting up and having some art sessions, contact me here and I will let you know whats coming up.

If your interested in commissioning me to do a portrait for you then contact me here I also have a listing over on etsy for this particular sketch and there is also some more info on commissioning artworks.

Thanks for reading, please pass this on to anyone who maybe interest.

 

 

Different Ways To Earn A Living Online

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On my last post about traveling-a-total-rethink-of-how-to-do-business I spoke a little about different ways to earn a living on line. So heres a quick refresher.

  • Commissions
  • Website design
  • Sales
  • Tattoo Flash
  • Competitions, always brings in commissions too ;)
  • Logos
  • Book Illustrations
  • Royalties from sites like Zazzle and licensing my art
  • Affiliates although I don’t earn to much from this, but every little helps.

Website, Gallery, Shop

If your an artist like me, then I’d start with your own website, this is your portfolio a showcase of your work and products. Make it professional. Over the years I have taught myself to build my own website, which allows me complete control on what I want to do and show. I’m not a programmer but there are plenty of websites that have basic websites you can use and customise. I use rapid weaver for macs and I’m happy  with them. Doing it yourself can save a lot of money to begin with especially if you don’t have alot of money. If you have the money then you can pay someone to do it for you, which will free up your time to create.

Now you are thinking of your website, you want to think about what you want from it. Your website can be your portfolio, shop, blog and connection tool. People want to connect to you and trust you, if they are parting with there cash for services and goods then they need to know you. To be honest this is the same for anywhere online or in this world.

Shopping Sites

I use Etsy as its especially for artists. Its free to open a shop all you need is a paypal account and a bank visa card. Etsy makes its money when you list an item and that costs $.20 per item and they make 3% on a sale,  I love it. Its simple to set up and use, with online community and help every step of the way. A lot of folks use this as there main website. As an Etsy store holder you get regular emails on all kinds of advice too.

Etsy I love this place and this is where I sell most of my products

Ebay – I personally don’t use, but other artists have made a success with it so its worth mentioning.

Zazzle – A free shop where you can upload your art and put it onto all kinds of goods and make money when an item sells as Royalties

Deviant Art – upload artwork to sell prints

Society6 – upload artwork to sell prints, iphone cases, pillows and more

Online Free lance jobs

When I started out I got work through people I met, but this was difficult as I was always moving on, eventually I found Elance, a site a lot like a job center where you could find work and bid for it, this was really great for me as it was free to start up. When I gained the courage I would pay $10 a month for 20 credits which would allow me bid for 20 jobs worth up to $500 a job. Through elance I found another site called createmytattoo, which is where I mainly get a lot of work today designing tattoos, my bread and butter money. Greats sites to look at to start are…

Elance

Freelancer

Freelance Switch.

There are so many sites out there now that you can almost find anything that suits your needs. More and more people are getting online and our technology is changing fast. And the internet has given us new opportunities that were never there before.

Competitions

Designs By Humans – Competions for designing t-shirts.

Create My Tattoo – Design tattoos

This sums up some of the sites I use to do business and help my business grow, and this is just the beginning. There are many other websites out there that do similar things that I have not come across  as yet, one thing I can be sure of is change and how you buy your goods today can change tomorrow, but one things remains to be the most important in this world and that is trust within business, so always go above and beyond when you deal with your future customer. When the put there trust in you and you give it back they will come back for life.

Past Posts On Traveling Artist:

Part 1    Introduction To Becoming A Traveling Artist

Part 2    Why did I leave the Uk? Sun, Sand and Beaches

Part 3  Traveling A Total Rethink Of How To Do Business

 

Traveling A Total Rethink Of How To Do Business.

Even though you will get to live in some awesome places it definitely is not all fun and games. You have to work for a living, also you need to feed your creative soul. We all want some purpose in life you may find you might not need to work a five day a week job. But instead you want more time to enjoy the finer things in life and live in the moment. I’m a firm believer that work should not consume more than half our life in order to have that balance between work and play, especially if you don’t enjoy your work. I’m lucky I enjoy what I do, or at least most of the time. If you have the ideal job then you may want to work more. It all depends on what you want from life.

Not many of us have the chance to dream and really know what we want from life, and its something that lies beneath the surface of our mind. My advice is get to know the real you, taking more time to really think about what you want from life, not just in work but in play. The next step is to figure out a way to get there.

One thing traveling has taught me is I need less in this life, I don’t own a car or a house, so this allows me more freedom to move if I want, because none of these things hold me down. This enables me the chance to live in countries that cost less to live, which allows me to save more and prepare for the important things in life, like my health and my loved ones, I cherish the experience more.

Don’t get me wrong if I was a millionaire I would have a Harley Davidson Rocker with all the whistles, then I’d go for the Dodge Charger, perhaps I’d have the villa on the beach. Maybe one day I will, but I may rent or hire it instead from the interest my money makes else where.

The best things about traveling especially in Asia is we can afford a nicer lifestyle.

If you want to travel and work at the same time my first bit of advice, is to get started before you leave, this will give you the chance to see if you can make things work for you before you go. Once you have a new routine and you are confident you can make a living online, this will make the experiences of traveling more enjoyable and you won’t be stressed out about making money. I speak from experience here, I did not figure out  a way to work online, and I hit a few emotional blocks inside my head. I run out of money early on in my traveling.  I like earning my own money so having to rely on my partner was tough, but I was fortunate enough to have a partner who was not worried about me earning money, while I went through the transition.

When I started traveling I had no idea on how to earn a living on line, or what I wanted to do, plus I really was not that computer savvy.  I didn’t have the confidence to talk to people online. But with one step at a time and a partner who knew the ropes, and help guide me along my path I got there. My writing was a problem too, I didn’t know how to write my feelings down and I made spelling mistake after mistake and I still do. I’m not a writer, but I know my experience and if I can help anyone to be inspired to do something for themselves? then thats all that maters right? After all I’m only human and we all make mistakes, its what we learn from them that counts.

Today 7 years on and I have overcome those fears and many others, but I’m still learning and adapting to my life moment by moment.

Think about what you want to do and research to see if you can do it. Starting an online business before you travel will be like walking before you can run, you will need confidence that your idea can work. If there are any ideas or questions that springs to your mind, Google knows just ask! Information now is there at a push of a button, and people with experiences are behind those buttons. It may be a cyber world but its very much organic behind the scenes.

Here is small list of jobs that can be done online:

  • Artist
  • Graphic Designer/Illustrator
  • Programmer
  • Marketing
  • Legal
  • Engineering
  • Admin
  • Writting
  • Consulting

Online jobs elance this link will break down this list and show you more of what can be done online as well as give you examples of jobs you can do.

Today it is getting easier to work on line, the most important thing to have online is an Paypal account (or something similar) an online bank account which most high street banks have now, a friendly bank that you can use overseas, most do, but some have better rates than others. So now you have those two in place you can access your money and get paid for work, all you need is a job. If you have an online internet job already then great, you can get packing.

If you don’t then you need to think about where you can work. Online freelance jobs can be a great way to start earn a living. Heres a list of the different ways I earn a living online at the moment.

  • Commissions
  • Website design
  • Sales
  • Tattoo Flash
  • Competitions, always brings in commissions too 😉
  • Logos
  • Book Illustrations
  • Royalties from sites like Zazzle and licensing my art
  • Affiliates although I don’t earn to much from this, but every little helps.

Other References

Location independent Lea and Jonathan Woodward on independent lifestyle coaches

4 hour work week Tim Ferriss on setting up a business and outsourcing work

Next: Different ways to earn a living online

Past Posts On Traveling Artist:

Part 1    Introduction To Becoming A Traveling Artist

Part 2    Why did I leave the Uk? Sun, Sand and Beaches