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Life has been a bit different of late!

Shaughan and I celebrated 4 years of marriage last Thursday. Mum came up and looked after Maddy and we went out. It was a year ago to the date that we had gone out together last. So it was nice to feel human again! I must get over my dislike of asking people to do things for me so I can have a social life again.  

I haven't been painting all week but I have been writing the Paint Pit newsletter, if anyone wants to put any events in there let me know. I cleaned out my studio and started to sort out my filing cabinet

Here is where I'm up to on my meditation painting...

I did manage to courier 4 of my paintings to Dawson and Hall Gallery located in the heart of the beautiful Mackenzie Country. Owners Chris Dawson Taylor & Caley Hall both have a life-long passion for art & are thrilled to be able to bring their unique & original contemporary art, sculpture & jewellery finds to Fairlie

Photo taken by Chavah at NZ's Got Talent exhibition.

We have had Amanda, my sister, over here for the past week which has been nice to catch up, hopefully we can go and visit her family next year in London :)

BBQ in Mum's garden

Amanda's first few hours here

I don't know how I managed it but I caught a cold for the 2nd time in  a month, and have been a bit out of right mind this week but have managed to stumble through with only a little bit of grumbling. 

I started to do meditation at night instead of going to bed and watch TV and it is awesome I have such a deep sleep. I signed up for an online course at which is nice and basic!

I'm really impressed with how fast the tobacco plants are growing....

My Art Marketing Group started at the end of January, we are using Skype video conference as you can see in this picture so we can all be together even thought we live in different cities.... 

We are a group of 6 artists dedicated for success, click on the links to go to our pages:

Deanna Gracie
Denita Tizard
Diane Fazzini
Pamela Tapp
Ronda Turk 
Rosie Harper

This is what we are learning from the book “I’d rather be in the studio.” by Alyson Stanfield

1: Introduction to Marketing
2: Set and Attain Goals
3: Define Your Art
4: Differentiate Yourself from Your Competition
5: Describe Your Collectors
6: Assess and Improve Your Exhibition and Sales Opportunities
7: Promote Yourself and Your Work
8: Create Good Habits
9: Follow Up

I'm thinking I will do one group a year so if you are interested in joining the next group please let me know. 

If you are an artist that would like to feature on the Paint Pit website click here for details.

Here is an email I got yesterday reguards to exhibiting in Downtown San Francisco....

Greetings Distinguished Artists;

The California State Assembly, Commendation winning, Artists Alley Gallery, San Francisco is currently interviewing artists for upcoming shows. We are especially interested in promoting international and world-wide artists in order to add variety to our collection.

The 4,000 sq-ft, gallery is located in a prestigious space in downtown San Francisco's Museum and shopping district. We are essentially a collective of artists and a popular events venue for charities, corporations and celebrities.

Kindly email us if you are interested in learning more about how to participate. And please do include a telephone number and/or SKYPE id at which we can reach you. 

In order for us to properly maintain and promote our artists’ visibility, there is a nominal membership/showing fee to be a part of the collective.

John Vila
Curatorial Board

The Artists Alley Gallery 
863 Mission Street
Across Bloomingdales Mall
Between 4th & 5th Streets
Downtown San Francisco - 94103
California - USA

Tel : 415 522 2440 / 415 259 6584
Fx : 415 552 4914

Direct Voicemail : 415 371 9006

There are lots of other things I could write about but I think that is enough for one post. I'm thinking maybe 1 or 2 posts a week might be a good part of my plan. I'm still posting a photo every day here

I just want to share an article I read this week that is awesome! I have started using my Facebook groups so I can post personal things to my friends, arty things to arty people etc CLICK HERE to read.

My clip of the day is The Future of ART....

My card for the day is Harmony 
How could you not like this :)


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