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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.
I have just completed my largest painting ever! A large Abstract Triptych.
I was commissioned to paint this piece for a very large wall in my client’s living room.
The brief was that it had to be bright and colourful and large!
The final piece (made up of three canvases) measures 1600 mm deep by 350o mm wide when hung.
After collaboration with the client, it was eventually decided to use bright oranges, lemon, purples and greens to cascade across the canvases.
There is a suggestion of creeks and fallen leaves and in the background rain forest trees through a mist.
Abstract tree roots and drooping fronds of palm berries finish off the piece.
This commission was enjoyable to complete and the client loves the work so everyone is happy!
Everything we have in life comes because of our belief that they are possible.
Yet, believing in yourself sometimes is much easier said than done.
So I have done a little research and come up with list of things that we should all try to do to maintain a healthy belief in ourselves.
- Make a list of your past accomplishments.
- Talk to people who love you.
- Set realistic goals for each day.
- Be persistent.
- Connect with people.
- Build yourself up – practice positive thinking.
- Find ways to keep moving forward – never allow yourself to be stuck in a rut.
- Be proactive – don’t put off to tomorrow what can be done today
- Focus on the positive
- Practice speaking up for yourself.
If we try and address these ten points each day, we will be unstoppable!
So join me on my journey. then we can all Listen to our hearts and Trust in our decisions.
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.