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A fabulous page of Handmade, Vintage & Supplies from Etsy sellers in Australia & New Zealand that makes our Australia and Australia Day what it is has been created for your enjoyment.
Please browse and celebrate the uniqueness of Australian creativity for this Australia Day.
I was lucky to have one of my little fun pieces, ‘Gone Fishin’, included in this Australia Day Page.
Click on this link to enjoy what makes Australia.
There are some fabulous examples of Australian art on this months Shop Australia’s Board on Etsy.
Please visit and enjoy all the great work currently being displayed from my fellow Australian artists.
I am delighted to say that my Blackie, the Black Parrot is featured in the Australia Day Board.
Just click on the ling below.
I created this Inspirational Image to address the fact that many of us worry too much.
They say that a little worry is healthy; it keeps us thinking ahead and helps us prepare to work around unexpected misfortune. However, when you worry too much, you make your whole life miserable and burden yourself with a lot of unnecessary stress.
Why do we worry? At its root, worrying is often a fear of uncertainty. Various studies have ascertained and it was found that worriers agonised about matters that rarely occurred. However, the majority of participants reported they believed ‘ over-thinking’ about a possible negative event had helped prevent it from taking place.
Worry is something that many people experience. It’s not the same as thinking. Thinking leads to solutions. Worrying leads nowhere. Thinking leads to action. Worrying leads to nothing. Thinking leads to relief. Excessive worrying leads only to powerlessness, tiredness and exhaustion.’
Worries have the unpleasant habit of entering your head and not leaving; thoughts go round in circles and in the end make mountains out of molehills.
Exercises to combat excessive worry can include learning to concentrate on an activity such as a hobby, reading, listing to music, daily exercise or simply concentrating on your breathing.
I used the image of dragonflies skimming over water for this inspirational image: Skim over life’s worries like a dragonfly over water, with elegance and beauty.
Dragonflies have been on earth for more than 300 million years. Their flight is so special that it has inspired engineers who dream of making robots that can fly like dragonflies. They hover and skim over water with elegance and dexterity. Because dragonflies are so fascinating to watch, it is impossible to worry – their beauty calms the viewer and washes away their worries.
I sure this image, nicely framed, on the wall in the bedroom or in the home or office will remind us that we should seize the day and expel unnecessary worry.
In today’s busy world it seems that Inspirational and/or Positive Posters are a new growing trend as a method of self-help. Inspirational posters are very much here to stay as a daily tool for happiness. It makes sense because in today’s non-stop, hyper-active world and it’s often hard to find time to read an inspirational self- help-book — but you can always find time to read an inspirational poster.
There are many ways we can change negative thoughts and self-criticism to more realistic and positive thoughts. Focusing on all of them at once may be overwhelming, but focusing on a few at a time and reminding ourselves of these positive approaches regularly can change our self-esteem.
To this end I have now added Inspirational Quotes superimposed on my art as a downloadable print. A downloadable print enables people to have their chosen image printed in any size and on any medium – such as heavy-duty watercolour paper, canvas or paper. They can also print the image more than once.
I list here some Positive Thought Strategies that we should always try to embrace in our daily lives:
Accentuate the positive.
Accept flaws and being human.
Replace criticism with encouragement.
Don’t feel guilty about things beyond your control.
Don’t feel responsible for everything.
Do feel responsible for your feelings.
Treat yourself kindly.
Give yourself a break.
Choose the brighter side of things.
Forgive and forget.
Focus on what you CAN do, not what you can’t.
Using just one or two of these strategies on a regular basis can greatly increase your positive self-image and self-esteem.
So please visit https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ArtiSueBee and browse my Inspirational images. Let us know what you think of them.
Great news my Pete the Pelican has been featured on the Australian Wandarrah Team Page “Shop Australia NZ” at
It is featured in the Australia Day board.www.etsy.com/au/pages/shopaustralia/australia-day?ref=pg_index_23.
Please take the time to click on the above link and have a browse. There are heaps of fabulous works from Australian Artists.
My Peter the Pelican is one of my seven characters that feature in my Australian Animal Readers Bookmark range.
The other day I was browsing through images of some of my earlier art works.
In particular, it was interesting to review my early abstract pieces. Two in particular still stand the test of time.
Red Beach Towel, Yellow Bikini
This piece was a tribute to the beach culture of the Gold Coast. The saying goes that ‘Life is a Beach; all you need is sun, sand and sea.
This piece was done as a tryptic and was painted in oil and was my very first attempt at abstract.
My second attempt at abstract was a diptych. Caged Music was painted in oil and was an exercise in texture. I remember the fun I had fun finding all sorts of materials to build up the texture of the painting.
Both of these pieces were sold and I hope the owners are still enjoying them.
It is with great excitement that I announce that my art has been accepted by the Fudge Shop up on beautiful Springbrook which is located in the beautiful Heritage Listed National Park Qld, with unspoiled rain forest, famous waterfalls, walks for the keen bush walkers, scenic lookouts, loads of wildlife and the ” the best damn fudge on the Coast! “ All their fudge is made fresh daily, onsite. They also sell local art and other items such as – soaps, jams, locally made honey and the popular Lemon Myrtle products.
So go for a drive to see their lovely shop, buy some fudge and peruse all the interesting pieces of local art. Maybe buy some of my art!