Hello friends, Last year Paul and I made a dramatic change in our lives to sell our house and to conduct our business via the internet while searching for a new gallery and home location.
It has proven possible but limited. Paul and I have experienced ways to work remotely but after a prolonged and unplanned year due to Covid, we have reached our patience threshold.
The experiences I had during this year of working remotely has somewhat been frustrating.
First of all, in regards to doing art, carrying canvases along with me is not ideal and I can't do any mixed medium art which would require too much inventory and space.
I have also been designing a business course for artists, which has been do-able because it is the most versatile business that I can conduct with just a laptop. Although it doesn't come without frustrations as I am missing some important notes and books which are in my "self-storage".
Due to the Covid 19, plans have to be flexible especially when it comes to shopping for our new gallery and house location, which again, our list is very specific.
When our plans led us to eastern Canada, we had to abandon our work and leave. So that breaks the momentum of my course creation.
After a month of location shopping, the business modules that I have been working on were put aside. Finally, I have found myself getting forgetful and frustrated with my nomadic lifestyle.
My advice to you nomadic business people is that we do need to be grounded, and a little stability will help us to move things forward faster and more effectively. Momentum is important for the success of our business.
I am to announce that Paul and I have since found a house. We still have one more month to go before we are all set up and get right back to work. I am so looking forward to creating my art courses and meeting new people in my new community.
It will be another adventure, Paul and I have decided, that our new town, Digby Nova Scotia is where we are going to set up and conduct our business for a long while.
When the pandemic is over, we will have to fulfill our wanderlust by traveling the world and not moving around so much.
I know a lot of you have started working remotely since Covid 19, please tell me what have your experiences been like? What are your frustrations? What are your likes and dislikes?
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With Creative Joy,
This is what our life looks like for a good part of year, 2020!!
I create art to inspire you to live the life you are meant to live, because when we are true to ourselves, we will find fulfillment in everything that we do.
Sometimes being true to yourself may take some deep soul searching and dramatic measures, but do not let the inconveniences stop you.
Hello friends, for the past year my husband, Paul, and I have led a transient life. We have been living out of our backpacks and a briefcase for a year now. Our transient lifestyle was partially planned, but due to Covid 19, our care-free lifestyle became our prolonged reality.
I have been wearing the same set of clothing for the past 12 months, which consist of two dressier tops, a fleece top, a couple pair of yoga pants, two pair of pants, 2 shorts, 1 dress, three t-shirts, and the essentials. I have also not worn any makeup for over a year now, which I love.
We conduct our art business via the internet and we have a briefcase with important documents that we carry with us wherever we go. For my creative outlet, I also carry with me a set of paint and some canvases.
Before the pandemic, my hubby, Paul, and I have always lived a nomadic life because we have wanderlust souls, we love adventures and new places. No matter how difficult it is to pack up and carve out a new life for ourselves, we only see it as a small inconvenience for our next adventure.
Each new path brought us something unique. The experiences vary and each one has it's beauty, excitement, and challenges but each challenge brought us wisdom.
My best friend, Paul, and I believe that life is a gift and we need to live this life to our fullest potential and with courage. And we owe it to ourselves to nurture that.
Last year, when Paul and I made our big announcement to sell our house and carve out a new business and personal life, many of you wrote to me that our decision has spurred you to make the dramatic changes in your life as well.
I know your soul's desires may be very different from mine, but each one is valid. So we do have to listen to our heart's whispers carefully. I believe if we design our life according to those wishes, we will then live a life with no regrets.
Tell me, have you found your soul's purpose? I would love to hear from you.
With Creative Joy,
It has been quite a month. From quarantine to purchasing a house. 🏡🏡😷
Hello friends, Paul and I are on the move again. As the saying goes" There is never a dull moment", that is an understatement in Paul's and my life at the moment.
Last year, before the pandemic happened, Paul and I took a few days off from our busy life in Golden to check out Nova Scotia, particularly the Annapolis and Digby area.
The Annapolis area is absolutely pristine, dotted with history and century-old houses. The oceanic lined streets housed many galleries and museums.
We then head off to Digby, as we drove into town, there was a sense of excitement when we saw this bustling fishing village, jeweled by the colorful fishing vessels and masses protruding into the blue sky.
This authentic little town, perhaps a little rough around the edges captured our hearts. I can't exactly tell you what it is about Digby's vibe, but the smell of the salt air thickens the experience and the friendliness of the locals furthermore warmed our spirits.
That summer, we went back to British Columbia completely inspired to make a change. And making a change we did. But the timing of moving to Nova Scotia was not quite right, so we sold our house and took a four months trip to further our business knowledge through traveling and making contacts with various artisans.
We returned to Canada in the midst of the pandemic. In July, when the Maritime borders opened, Paul and I returned to the Maritime, searching for our next gallery location, our search brought us from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia. We looked at various villages and towns and we heard Digby calling again.
I find it completely serendipitous that this little fishing village spurred our trip last year and now it comes back full circle. In a month from now, we will be moving to Digby, Nova Scotia.
We bought a house and scouted a new location for the gallery and are in the process of moving our entire life and business to Digby Nova Scotia. If you want to follow our journey, please sign up for our newsletter below : https://www.tingyuenart.com/sign-up-and-follow-us-on-our-new-journey.html
Hi Everyone, Well it took us 4 1/2 days to travel from Invermere, B.C. where our storage facility lives, to Edmundston, New Brunswick where my mother in law resides.
Paul, my safe trusty driver drove 4334 km to get to his mom's place and it took us approximately 45 hours to accomplish this.
Everything went very smoothly on the trip except for when we ran out of gas in Upsula, a remote little town of Ontario! The town housed two gas stations, unbeknownst to us they were both closed at 5 p.m., we arrived late with an empty gas tank and out of luck!
Since the next town to get gas was Thunderbay, Ontario, we didn't have sufficient gas to drive there to fill up, with limited fuel, our only solution for that night was to sleep in our Jeep at the gas station.
Needless to say, the sleep was awful, there were so many mosquitoes buzzing around us in the car. Paul and I hunted down those pests in the early evening before we retired to our sleepless night.
Despite the bad sleep, we did witness a gorgeous sunrise the next morning. At 7 a.m. the gas station opened, we filled up our car and took off. But Boy, were we ever tired that day with a bad night's sleep and no coffee I was not a happy camper until I got some coffee in me that afternoon.
Now that we have arrived, we have to quarantine for 14 days before we visit the rest of the Maritime.
One of our goals, for this trip, is to see Nora and to spoil her, it has been almost 2 years since we saw her last, the fourteen days of quarantine is perfect for a good in-depth visit.
So far, for the last five days, we chatted up a storm, played a few card games, went to bed late, and woke up early. Sleeplessness seems to be the trend for the trip. But hey, it is not often that we get to visit with Nora, so lacking sleep is understandable.
Paul and I look forward to our visit to the rest of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the very near future.
This is so true. I do believe that we were all born creative, we were brought up with crayons, paint and loads of wonderful creative toys. We got our fingers dirty, we explored different medium and never questioned if it was good art or bad art.
But as we get older our school curriculum changed and we were told that if we weren't good with academic subjects then we were inadequate. But yet intuition and creativity is the highest form of intelligence.
To take it one step further, I do believe that creativity such as art, music, photography are just as important as literacy.
As an artist, I know we are guided by our intuition and we are good at solving problems because we think beyond the horizon. I also know that creative people cope well under pressure because we are imaginative and we are comfortable with the the unconventional. Therefore to cast creatives as inadequate in a conventional school system, would be the worst thing to do to their self confidence.
Just imagine if art classes are just as important as academic classes, wouldn't the world be more balance? The society will be function at it's maximum potential because everyone is given a chance to enhance their gift to better the world.
Here is a quote that adds to my argument that Creativity is just as important as literacy.
Mr. Robinson, an international education adviser said "Creativity is as important now in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
So my dear creatives, I do believe that we need to change our school system so that there is more emphasis in the field of art. We are not made from the same mold and let's embrace our differences instead and utilize our talents to make the world a better place.
With honor in mind and in spirit,
all my best,
Hello friends, Forgiveness is a difficult topic.
Not forgiving a person is a heavy burden. When we keep these negative emotions, we are hurting ourselves spiritually.
If you don't forgive, the hurt and the betrayal may eat you up for years to come and in the end you really are just poisoning yourself.
Someone I was very close to has betrayed me, it took me years to not feel the pain. I prayed continuously for a connection again, I even painted about it.
The connection never got rekindled but the clarity came. The clarity was that I were to forgive but not to forget. The lesson was for me to realize that I need to accept the situation, forgive myself and the person.
I also realized that I didn't want her in my life anymore because her betrayal has caused me a lot of pain and the toxic relationship is not conducive to my life and the people around me.
It took me eight years to learn this lesson. Finally I have made a decision and I do believe it is the answer from my prayers. It is o.k to forgive but not forget.
With honor in spirit and in mind,
Hello creatives, If you have an artistic skill, count it as a blessing. Make sure you utilize your skills in the best of your ability. You can either make a business out of your talent or you can make extra income to fund your vacation, or put money aside for your kids' education.
I have been working as an artist for 17 years in various degrees. When I was a part time artist and at the beginning stage of my art career, the income I made from selling my artwork went back to funding my art supplies and vacation. I felt empowered that I was able to utilize my talent to create freedom and it gave me a sense of pride and independence. I felt like everything was possible and I was right.
12 years ago I became a full time artist and art has become my livelihood. So creatives, don't ever take your painting skills lightly because you can actually create a viable business from your artistic talent. But in order to create a good income from your skills you also need to create different revenue streams by offering different products.
I live in the Rocky mountains, so needless to say my gallery sees a lot of tourists and they are definitely seeking for handcrafted treasures to bring home. One of the things they are looking for are T shirts, so my husband, Paul and I designed a line of 14 T-shirts and totes catering to their needs. And I am happy to announce that they are very popular.
So creatives, think beyond the canvas with your artistic ability, think about what else can you offer as a product. Sometimes art prints and originals are not what your audience are looking for, they might be looking for something that they can use or wear.
I implore you to explore the possibilities with your skills and write down a list of things that you can either design for a certain purpose, or make into gift items. <3
With honor in spirit and in mind,
With Hello friends,
life has it's ups and downs. But sometimes you might be stuck in the downs for a long time, you try to be brave and endure the negativity. You may lie to yourself and tell yourself that things will get better. But sometimes it just doesn't.
Remember you can't change a person or a place but you can change your attitude and your situation. So my friends if you are caught in a predicament that have lasted for years, it is no longer a predicament anymore, it is your life.
I have met many girls that have made the necessary changes to find happiness. It takes courage, but is so doable, and I am proud of those ladies that have picked up their courage did the right thing for themselves. Bravo my friends, find your wings and soar high.
This painting is called Courage, it was painted because it was inspired by a girl that fought for her happiness.
This is the story that goes with Courage:
"In this painting, the girl is gaining energy and courage from the moon while surrounded by a kaleidoscope of dragonflies which symbolize change. Courage was inspired by a customer of mine, who wrote me recently expressing how some of my works have inspired her to make the adjustments that she needed in her life. She explained to me with much sensitivity how her old lifestyle wasn’t serving her well anymore and she knew she had to make some drastic changes. So she picked up her courage, gathered her energy, abandoned her familiarity and forged into the unknown with fearlessness and determination. Her strength has prevailed and now she has made the transformation into self contentment and happiness, hence Courage was painted. "
I hope you have enjoyed this my friends, remember to take courage to make the necessary changes in your life. You are worth it!
Please share this with a friend that might just need a little reminder. Or if you have taken the steps to find happiness through courage, please leave me a comment below I would love to hear from you.
With honor in mind and in spirit,
Hello friends, You may be an artist, a spiritual healer, a musician or a writer, whatever vocation you are in, remember to create work from your heart.
When you create with a sense of purpose and in a place of service, your work will speak volume and make lasting impact that nourish the world. Show your vulnerability because your words and wisdom may be someone's saving grace.
My painting journey started when I was going through a challenging time of my life and I needed an outlet to express myself and since writing was not my choice of communication, I decided to give painting a try. The moment I picked up a paint brush, I felt like I have "come home" so to speak, it just felt right and that is how I started painting my "Artist Diary" series.
Naturally as my work progresses, I started selling my art and it became my livelihood. That is when I began to write the stories to go along with them. At that time, I was a terrible writer but through practice, my writing skills did improve and I am forever grateful for what I have learnt through my art journey.
By doing the duo skills of painting and writing, I have discovered that the expression and meaning of my stories are just as important as my images. The stories breathe life into my work, they are the connecting factor, they also eliminate the guessing game. From that stand point, I started marketing my work through the combination of both visual and words because it is effective. It helps me to share my messages with the world
I am very fortunate that my work have helped many people through hard times or served as a catalyst in their transformation. I may be doing a small service for my audience but to me no matter how small it is, it is worthwhile.
As an artist I do feel very fortunate that I live in a country where I have the freedom to express my vision. I choose to make my work meaningful and share my vulnerabilities because through my joy, pain or accomplishments, I may find a common ground and connect with my tribe.
So I implore you to think about your art as your platform to be part of a positive growing society. Relate with your customers and ask them what it is about your work that speak to them. You may be surprised that it may have nothing to do with the image but everything to do with the meaning.
I think as humans, we really just want to connect and relate. So use your art as a catalyst for positive impact, use it to guide and educate. I know if we use our gifts to raise the universal consciousness, we will be able to make a difference in the world with our art.
with honor in mind and in spirit,
Hello friends, I have been away for a couple weeks, visiting my parents. It was an emotional time for me because both my parents are elderly. I know my time with them is limited and I tend to get emotional about people that are dear to my heart.
Today's topic is not an easy one. The painting above is about my mom Mei, she has dementia. Mei lives in a senior centre in Victoria, Chinatown. She is losing her memory slowly and she comes in and out of reality throughout the day. My mom had a fall recently and had recovered from her hip surgery but it had definitely affected her memory condition.
It is very hard to see my mom in this state because she was such a strong person before, she had all the courage in the world and the tenacity and the wits to go through the most difficult of time. Seeing my mom deteriorating is extremely heart breaking. So if your loved ones suffer from dementia, remember to call or visit them more often because the more contact you have with them, the better it is for their mental health. Even just a phone call a week will make a difference. We need to keep reminding them that they are loved and ever so treasured in our hearts.
Although it was a difficult visit but it was so nice to see her. My mom loves dessert and of course we spoilt her with many little treats from the Chinese bakery. My husband, Paul was so guilty of that, my mom was showered with boxes of treats the entire visit. Now that we are back home again, mom has returned to her regular diet and so have we. :)
I know I am losing my mom soon and I am having a hard time with it. I would like to hold on to mom much longer but it is not up to me. So my friends if you have a relative that suffers from Dementia, remember treasure the time you have with them because they are not going to last forever. Please share this with a friend that may need a little reminder <3
With honor in my mind and in spirit,
Ting Yuen Art
Hi I am Ting, I am so glad that you are here.