In my professional capacity, I would just like to know that my artworks are the pride of place in homes around Victoria and beyond. To know that a treasured pet will always be cherished and remembered and that my portrait captures the true likeness and personality of the subjects to the point where their masters feel they are still with them. This is reward enough for what I do, although the remuneration does help me to keep putting pencil to paper.
I love to write, and at some point I hope to find a professional outlet for this other passion of mine. In this period of my life, I a quiet observer, I find many aspects of this complicated world fascinating, and would dearly love to record these observations for the future generations to come. I struggle with reading in the sense that, long scripts become jumbled, and as the pages turn, it becomes harder and harder to find the words, the whole process of untangling them is extremely exhausting, so I am afraid that my many failed attempts to conquer these mountains are currently collecting dust somewhere, hidden in a cupboard. It takes a very special book to make me commit to using the level of energy required to go from cover to cover, although when I am determined I can finish and retain a book, in a fraction of the time taken by others. My spelling or grammar may not always be correct, but when reading something I have written, you can rest assured that each sentence has been carefully pondered, and each paragraph well read and rehearsed in the context that is, my mind!
Of course, my main priority in life has to be that of sculpting my three daughters into fully functional, independent, and above all, happy, individuals, free to accomplish whatever their hearts desire is, in their lives. Today's experiment, see if they can get themselves off to school with minimal interference from me. My only role? I am keeper of the golden snack box, as the seemingly endless supply of school snacks was too much of a temptation for them, and one each was never enough, in their eyes, or rather, their stomachs! That is where my involvement ended. They may have been a little late but they made it out the door, they still squabbled all the way but they seemed to have everything in order. I eagerly await a full report at the end of their day.
Today marks a very special day in Julia's life. The kindergarten which she will be attending next year is having its open night celebration. It is a chance for her to meet some of the other children in her peer group, and marks her first tentative steps into the world of formal education. For us it is a chance to meet some of the people who will walk alongside us as we journey through the next 15 or so years of Julia's school life. Having just moved here recently, we missed out on forming these early connections for Emily and Olivia. They seem to be doing well regardless, as you can imagine, it is somewhat harder for us as adults, to walk into, and find our place in, an already established community. Without these formative bonds, I guess we will always feel as though we are on the outside, looking in. Julia is our last hope!
My plan for today, is to spruce Julia and I up and make us look 'presentable' as we embrace our joint future and embark on our journey through the various local schooling facilities she'll reside in along the way.
Upon arriving at the meeting we soon realize that the meeting was for adults, and not suitable for noisy rambunctious three year olds. The popping of a Champagne cork gave it away! I usher Tim and the girls away, pick up Julia's purple coloured folder and take my seat along side some other ladies who also happened to be clutching purple coloured folders. A couple of glasses of bubbly later, the four of us in our newly formed Purple Folder Alliance, found ourselves all signed up to form various parts of next years committee. I am The Fundraising Coordinator for 2018! 2018 sure will be exciting....
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!