A shrew is a little mouse like creature with a fast heartbeat and even quicker feet. I can relate to it, as I get nervous when someone walks in to my studio, or when the phone rings and the mere thought of talking about myself to another person in any way sends me scurrying for the bedclothes. Still, here I am about to give a phone interview and have photos taken for yet another magazine editorial. I have done a few in my time for various reasons. This one is in aid of my art venture, the last was about my book trilogy that I have still to complete! Life has a funny way, of getting in the way of my dreams and for too long I have been putting these dreams off. I decided to stop letting life get in the way of this pARTicular one, and so set up my studio. If you know anyone who wants some animal art done, please let me know, also if you know anyone who wants to pay me in advance for my comic novel trilogy about a young British girl trying to find her feet way out in Japan, then please let me know, too! Any characters that resemble anyone in real life a purely coincidental and not to be taken seriously. ;-P
I may have been a little premature perhaps, when setting up my studio, as Julia is not yet in full time education, but if you never let go of that branch you'll never make it to the next tree, and you will never, ever find your way out of that damn forest!
Yes, I know its not a shrew but its the closest thing I have drawn to one and so will have to do!
Every new venture goes through a learning curve. My studio is no different. As I am finding out, it is not easy starting from scratch in a new area. Most of my clients are still finding me online, even though I have a high street shop front. Not having proper road signing is no doubt complicating things when trying to attract local foot traffic, the joys of dealing with a body corporate I guess...
We are moving house to be even closer into the village in a couple of weeks, and I am sure that having a physical presence near the village centre will make a huge difference for both my personal and professional life, and the lives of my kids. The new neighborhood is more child friendly, a court, and a lot more friendly on the legs, lungs and heart than the other place, plus we don't need to scale a mountain to hang out the washing anymore and we won't be dependent on someone with a ride on lawn mower to cut the grass either!
The new property comes with a bar, which we'll need to stock, and an outside spa, sadly not working at present, but you never know! In the next month or two I will need to decide if continuing to have a separate shopfront studio is a viable option. I hope so, but if not, we live and learn!
Hi, my name is Chrystal Carter, I am a mother to three lovely girls. I emigrated with my husband to Australia in December 2014, and have been living the dream, ever since! We are settled in the Dandenong Ranges and I have recently set up my brand new home art studio , in the heart of the hills, Tecoma. Here, I can follow my life long dream of being an artist drawing another of my greatest passions, animals, in particular, peoples beloved pets. I have always been fascinated by animals, nature and wildlife and where better to pursue my passions than here in Australia, and it certainly hasn't disappointed me! Follow me as a take on this new venture and brave new world, together with my wonderful family, and not forgetting my furry companions, Vin the Cat and Juno the Dog!