July has been full on, I enjoy full on months it keeps my feet on the ground, my spark alive and progress on the go.
I will start with last Tuesday with the Collabrtive piece "Bloom" selling on Trademe for $3110 with %100 proceeds going to The Mental Health Foundation. What a fantastic result for everyone!!

Wednesday, a fantastic day meeting Sophia Elise at the airport, well I was late though I left home with the anticipation that I should have arrived almost an hour early in order to miss the Wellington rush hour traffic, but alas I got caught in it and it took me 2 hours to get the last 20 km's to the airport. Absolute madness!
Ok so after I finally got there we went out to TLC (The Learning Connexion) out at Taita, Lower Hutt, it's an amazing place with the whole building being painted by just one artist, she has made it visible from the road, you know as soon as your there its a fantastic place to learn all things Arty! So after a tour of the college we met with a number of students to talk about The Nz Art Guild, and all the wonderful opportunities and resources it offers Sophia is a wonderful speaker but when it came my turn, my stomach jumped into my throat and with the added foot in mouth syndrome I really didn't stand a chance.... But I tried, I did my best, I should have put a hat on, thing is I am a student like them, and being no different is what made it so hard for me. however we left feeling very inspired!!

So anyway Thursday was spent visiting Galleries and art museums, around Palmerston North then Friday was spent back down in Wellington, meeting with the awesome team at the Nz Academy of fine arts being a member of both opens awesome doors opportunities, can you tell I am excited? I am! I am snowed under with events, next years calendar is looking fantastic at this stage, and for me it's all about making the most of it all!  This includes helping as many people to get connected on the way, doors open for everyone if we all come together to work together!

Anyway this weekend I got a couple of works ready to hang and one delivered, it is always nerve wrecking delivering art works too I have all those dreaded thoughts of "what ifs" going through my head, it is always great when they hang it straight away, and give you an added bonus like a fine bottle of Chardonnay just to say thank you, It really does make my day!
This is the commissioned piece which was incredibly hard to paint from a quick A4 pencil sketch to get all the colours not to clash and still work in with what the owner wanted, Very pleased all was happy at the end of the day!

Another commissioned piece was done in charcoal a week ago for a lady whose dog had passed away, I enjoy doing the Charcoal portraits and am planning on doing a lot more of them. Here is the charcoal German Shepard.

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