It's the last day in the Studio before Christmas. Our plastic tree at home is decorated, all be it from the waist up due to the cat, dog and baby stealing all of the lower decorations and running away and hiding them. There isn't a turkey in sight and Christmas day is going to be 36 Degrees C. Apporaching our third Christmas in Australia, it still doesn't feel like Christmas, yet, probably because we aren't waiting for the lights to go out from the latest winter storm or for my father to fall asleep on the sofa in front of the TV after listening to the Queens Speech. We seem to keep having some kind of recurring financial instablility at Christmas, last year we had to move, and this year its a problem with the negative equity lawyers in the UK. For whatever reason, it all comes to a head in December. Maybe tomorrow, Christmas Eve, I will start to feel a little more like celebrating, this year has gone so fast, especailly this last season, when Spring forgot to be Spring!
The New Year always promisies to be a fresh start, a do over for another year. This time, for the first time in a decade, I have something beyond motherhood to focus on. My little studio. I have done 7 or 8 portraits since opening, that's a lot more than I would have acheived at home. Onwards and upwards, just need to get through the holidays and settle into a Summer routine with the girls at the studio. As for the orginal title of this post, I aim to give up my fear of the unknown and delve into the future with open arms. Without fear, then confidence and self belief will fill its shoes. I am doing it, so can you!!
May you have a Happy and Prosperous 2017,
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!