OK, so it is never going to get this cold here in Melbourne, but at the moment, is sure as hell feels like it. Not in a physical way, you understand, but in a Spiritual way. It's like I am freezing on the inside. The sun is shining down outside in truth it is around 12 Degrees C out there, not exactly the bitter Northern UK Winters I am used to, but something has changed. People are coming and going from the surrounding businesses, although there a few more empty shops than there were a few weeks ago, I guess I am not the only one feeling the pinch, of a town that hasn't quite found its place on the map!
As you may know, I recently moved down the hill side to be closer to the girls school and to cut out one big expense, the car, as it has become no longer necessary, now that my proximity and ease of access to the township and public transport has changed. The new house has everything we need, even room to run my studio from home, a scenario that is becoming increasingly more likely as the days draw onward. I was hit badly by a power outage that lasted 4 days last week, and being of my constitution, I could not function without heat, light, tea or internet. Its a shame that one of my big dreams is in jeopardy, I think that I maybe just reached for the moon a little too soon. As I have Julia at home and full time childcare is not an option for us currently as it is just so expensive, so are the overheads. Next time I will be ready, however, if you'd prefer not to see my dreams crash and burn then order that special portrait today! Prices range from $200 -$600 A5-A2. I've never taken more than 7 days to complete a portrait start to finish.
I always pour my heart and soul into my portraits, and these blog posts for that matter, I am not sure if anyone is reading them but they are something I feel very strongly about and if more people were honest with there feelings and experiences and others weren't so dismissive, then the world would be a much better place. When a portrait comes in I work really hard for my clients, to the point of exhaustion, I forget to eat, to drink and to even stand up, as I am determined to do the best work in as quick a time as possible. I am not complaining, that is my flow, my passion at work. The rest of the time, I am anxious, jittery, I feel like there is something else I should be doing. The only other things that come close to that are writing and being in nature.
Time for me to teach Japanese, another one of my talents..
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!