Monday, October 31, 2011

Inspiration Quote of the Week

"When you complain, you become a living,
breathing crap magnet."
~ T. Harv Eker

To know more about this  quote please tune in this Wednesday 2nd November 2001.

All will be explained  to you here at ArtSHINE's blog.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Two ways of expressing Gratitude

According to The Gratitudelog there is an effective and an ineffective way to express gratitude?

Unfortunately, the ineffective way is far more common. It is sort of the default form of gratitude that most people fall into.  

Firstly, let talk about the ineffective way to express gratitude.  This gratitude is related to what is happening in your life right now.

It is closely related to the gratitude and appreciation we learn to express as children (i.e. to say thanks) and that is probably why it is often the default and why so many people get stuck here.

Here are a few examples of Ineffective gratitude includes things such as:
* your health
* your relationships
* your material posessions
* your friends and family
* a nice vacation

Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with this form of gratitude. Just this type of expressing is not nearly as powerful as what I am about to tell you.

The above form of gratitude comes from a place of inadequate. f you have ever expressed gratitude while thinking "at least... I am healthy, or at least I have a great family" then you know what I mean.

This form of gratitude is extremely weak because it is based on the present circumstances.  In other words, this form of gratitude is conditional.  It makes it sound that you are grateful "only if you have good health, a great relationship, etc."

Unfortunately, conditional gratitude fails to activate the law of attraction.  The universe does not respond to conditional requests.

The second form of gratitude is complete in that it is a celebration of life itself, for all the experiences you are having. One other key difference is this. Effective gratitude comes from an underlying attitude vs. a temporary focus on one item or thing to be grateful for.

With practice, this holistic form of gratitude can become second nature.  When it does, the law of attraction will flow far more easily into your life.

The more powerful form of gratitude includes items such as:

* Your life
* This awesome planet
* For being who you are
* For future events
* For problems, challenges, and hardships
* For your mistakes
* For your mind
* For your freedom
In other words, you become grateful for this amazing journey of your life regardless of what happens and where it takes you because you know that it is just right for you and that everything is happening for a reason.

When you are expressing effective gratitude, fear and loss disappear. There is no focus on any lack and when you reach this state, that is when abundance can truly start flowing into your life.

Being grateful for what you have in your life (your health, relationships, etc.) has its place. But when you start feeling truly grateful for everything that is happening in your life and open your heart, you will be amazed at how quickly the universe will start to answer.

So, start creating these feelings now, even in the most unlikely or unpleasant circumstances and notice how you begin to attract whatever you focus on into your life.

My question for you is:

What are you grateful for today? 

About 16 months ago, I found this website where you  can express your gratitude online. The website is

Gratitudelog is a website where people come together to celebrate happy moments, send simple gifts of appreciation and brighten up each other’s day. It’s based on the simple practice of expressing gratitude daily for wonderful moments in your life.
So have fun with it. The Power of Gratitude works like magic

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
                                                                                               Anthony Robbins

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

MAD! Melbourne Art & Design Fair Saturday 5 November 2011

MAD! Melbourne Art & Design Fair
Melbourne is about to go Crazy with creative talent!
Local artists will featuring their amazing designs at this one-day-only Pop Up Market, with incredible wall art, homewares, handcrafted jewellery and decorative items on offer.

Visitors will be able to purchase giftware, fashion, jewellery  and giftware and other decor items  personally hand made by Melbourne’s most talented artists,designer and crafters.
There will be street art exhibition featuring a collaboration of Melbourne’s top contemporary street artists covering 25m of street frontage, with artists competing for an incredible prize... and you’ll be the judge. There will be also live shows and food stalls to tempt  your taste buds. So dont miss out this one only day event.

Date: Saturday 5 November 2011
Time :11am - 4pm

Where: 118 High Street Prahran

Entry: is free  You’d be MAD to miss it!

Pop Up Locations are kept under wraps until the week before each event, so if you want to be in the know, be sure to follow our Pop Updates via emailFacebook orTwitter.
If you are a talented young artist or designer (including students) and are looking to get your name out there, click here to win a free spot in our Pop Up Gallery.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

YASSarts "Art Trail" From 5 & 6 November 2011

"The Yass Valley Shire, just north of the Australian National Capital, Canberra, boasts a remarkable variety of talent in the field of arts, either in people who choose to live here or who have been raised in this region
The purpose of YASSarts is to draw attention to arts & culture in our region. The website’s broader purpose is to be that of an inventory – a kind of listing of all individuals or groups working within the arts, whether professional or amateur, within the Yass Valley Shire.
The amount of professional practitioners in the region is quite astounding – people with national and international standing – but the idea of the YASSarts website is to also provide a platform and profile for those who do not make a living from their art but whose work is no less noteworthy".
The YASSarts ‘Arts Trail’ runs over both Saturday and Sunday (5 & 6 November) featuring the arts & culture of the Yass Valley Shire. Initiated by the YASSarts, a cultural tourism website, the ‘Arts Trail’ features exhibitions and open studios, music and dance, poetry and an evening of comedy.
ArtSHINE Associate marie-nicole will also open her Creative space  to the public for  Sunday 6 November only as part of the Classic Yass Art Trail Celebration.

So, if you happen to be in Yass or around  Canberra between 5 & 6 November you must come along and get do the Art Trail. it's definitely well worth a visit.

Please leave us a comment if you've been to the show... we'd love to know what you think.


For locations of the events please refer to the Classic Yass Arts Trail Map

The listing for this year’s Arts Trail is as follows:


Amanda McLean  

Open Studio  14 Vallance Drive Murrumbateman 10.00 – 5.00pm
(Also stock clearance sale).
Contact: 6227 5083
Mobile: 0407 113 637

Anneke Saunders

Open Studio   7 Ambleside Avenue  Murrumbateman 10.00 – 5.00pm
Featuring painting.
Contact: 02 6227 5988

Mary Hick

Open Studio  3 Woodleigh Crescent  Murrumbateman 10.00 – 5.00pm
Featuring printed media.
Contact: 02 6227 0603

An Afternoon with the Sculptors

A question & answer session with renowned sculptors Michael le Grande
with guests in his workshop setting. (3pm Sunday).
Admission: Free.   Bookings only.
Contact: 0419 439710

Anne & Ivor Hind @ Yarrh Winery

380 Greenwood Road  Murrumbateman 10.00 -5.00pm
painting, works on paper & other creations.
Contact: 02 6227 1474

Nicolette Benjamin Black

Open Studio 14 Kinsman Drive Murrumbateman 10-5.00pm
featuring mixed media.
Contact: 02 62275792 

Marie Nicole

‘Bonenfants Cottage’ 1173 Dog Trap Road Murrumbateman
Open Studio 10-5.00pm  (Sunday only)
featuring mixed media.
 0410 527 897  

Sculpture in the Garden

‘Casamarah’ – 1512 Yass River Road Yass  10.00 -4.00pm (Sunday only)
featuring sculpture by Al Phemister, Steven Deronne & John Topfer.
Contact: 0419 439 710

Art @ Shaw Vineyard Estate

34 Isabel Drive, Murrumbateman 10 – 5pm
Mixed art exhibition in the ‘Shearing Shed’ Gallery Hosted by Bromley Fine Arts
Contact: 6227 5144

‘The Paper Dolls’ Art Group

78 Church Street Yass 10.00-4.00pm
Annual exhibition featuring mixed media.
Contact: 6226 4319

Michaela Pothan

202 Comur St Yass (Label Love Boutique) 10.00-4.00pm
featuring sculpture & mosaic.
Contact: 02 6226 4292

U3A Art Group @ Yass Valley Library

Behind Memorial Hall off Comur Street Yass 10-4pm
featuring painting and mixed media.
Contact: 02 6227 9214

Youth Art Exhibition

‘Zac’s Place’ 11 Pritchett Street, Yass  (behind Church) 10.00-4.00pm
Group exhibition featuring mixed media.
Contact: 0437 855 917  

Kim Nelson

Open Studio 67 Comur Street Yass (The Oddfellows’ Hall) 10-4.00pm
featuring painting & edition prints.
Contact: 02 6226 1796

Indigenous Art Workshop

67 Comur Street Yass (The Oddfellows’ Hall) Friday 4th November.
Contact: 02 6227 9214
108 Comur Street  Yass  9-4.00pm Saturday  10-4.00pm Sunday
Mixed Artist Exhibition.
Contact: 02 6226 2926

Yass Photographic Club

‘Moments in Yass’ exhibition  Yass Bowling Club 10 – 8.00pm
Featuring work by local photographers.
Official opening Friday 4 November, 7.30pm.  All welcome.
Contact: 0423 519 639

Jan Matson

Open Studio ‘Old Stationmaster’s House’ 30 Dutton St Yass 9-5.00pm
featuring oil paintings.
Contact: 02 6226 5571
Maralyn Whaling
Open Studio  4 Polding Street Yass. 10.00 – 5.00pm
featuring paintings & works on paper
Contact: 02 6226 6450

Judy Pinder

Open Studio 77 Shaw Street Yass  Sunday 10.00-4.00pm (Sunday only)
featuring print media.
Contact: 02 6226 5806

Stephanie Burns ‘Orion Sculpture Park’

Open Garden/Studio 17 Archer Close Yass 10-4.30 pm
featuring sculpture, print media, & painting.
Contact: 02 6226 2244

James Shannon

At Crisp Galleries  – ‘Gap Range’ Hume Highway, Bowning  10.00 – 5.00pm
featuring mixed media painting & sculpture.
Contact: 02 6227 7270   Email:

Peter Crisp

Crisp Galleries – ‘Gap Range’ Hume Highway, Bowning
featuring the most recent work from this internationally renowned artist
10.00 – 5.00pm
Contact: 02 6227 6073
Stephanie Corkhill Hyles
Open Studio ‘Westbourne’ Berremangra Road, Bookham 10-4.00pm
featuring paintings and printed media
Contact: 0427 201293

Jugiong Artists @ Jugiong Wine Cellar Gallery

Mixed Exhibition 10:30am till 4:30pm
Riverside Drive Jugiong NSW
Contact: 02 6945 4239


The Hips

Old time Rock & Roll  – Banjo Paterson Park, Yass  Saturday aprox.10am – 1pm
60′s Theme Charity Dance – Yass Soldiers Club Saturday 8pm   (Tickets $10)

Yass High School Stage Band

Jazz – Comur Court, 175 Comur Street Yass  Saturday

Classic Youth Street Performance

Busking & performance up and down Comur Street Yass   Saturday from 10am

The Katherine Holmes & Mary Reid Memorial Concert

Featuring the winner of the inaugural Australian International Chopin Piano Comp.
Time: 8:00pm Saturday  Where: Memorial Hall, Comur Street, Yass
Contact: (02) 6226 3514

Classic Jam

Featuring Andrew Young, Chad Croker, James Southwell, Paul McLay and
Timmy J – ‘Oddfellows’ Hall, 67 Comur Street Yass
Sunday 3.00pm.  Free.

Wine, Roses & All That Jazz Festival

For a listing of music occuring at the regional wineries over the weekend of 5-6 November click here

Fiona Joy Hawkins & Trysette at Crisp Galleries

Crossing genres from Classical, World, Jazz, New Age and Pop, the combination of their award winning music and supporting styles will delight audiences with a unique, diverse and memorable experience.
Time: 2.30pm
Tickets: $22.00 Adults $11.00 Children
Where: Crisp Galleries Hume Highway “Gap Range”, BOWNING
Contact: 02 6227 6073

For further information about the CLASSIC YASS weekend go to

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Finding time... making time !

By ArtSHINE associate marie-nicole

Recently a friend asked me where she could read an interview I had given not long after having our second child, because in that interview I referred to how I structured my time in a way that enabled me to run my own business pre-children, throughout both pregnancies and even after having children. I am often asked the question;How do you find the time to do what you do? OR I am told;I’d love to do something like what you do myself, but I don’t have the time.

We all have the all same 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week and 52 weeks in a year. I believe it’s how we choose to spend our time that determines what we are able to achieve in our lifetime. We live a life based around growing and producing what we can ourselves; food, gifts, clothing, etc. So we lead busy lives just like everyone else, I don’t have MORE time than others, I simply allocate the hours that I do have available to me to certain tasks.

By looking at what’s important to you, what needs to be done on a weekly basis and what you wish do with your time, you too can set dedicated time slots in order to reach your own goals. Back then, at the time of that interview, I had just been through the biggest transition phase I think I have ever experienced, phasing out my photography business and starting a new one focusing on combining my art & design skills at the same time my eldest started school and I had a newborn to get to know and understand. So for the purpose of this article I am going to refer back to how I got through that year. This method of course can relate to any situation in life, your transition phase may be going from working for someone else to working for yourself.

What I did was schedule the days of the week into categories. This allowed me to plan tasks better. So for example Wednesday was my favourite day of all, it was my creative day. This was the day that I did all the things that I love to do most like design, sketch, cut my stencils, experiment with new ideas or techniques or doing creative writing for marketing purposes... basically it was playtime for me. Sunday and Monday afternoons (until no. 2 started preschool) were production days, so this was when I printed, sewed and assemble products I wanted to sell.

Days like Monday, Tuesday & Thursday were split into half, half the day was dedicated to family tasks, housework, paying bills and social outings and the other half for business administration and other business related tasks.

Things like updating my blog, reading and commenting on other blogs, updating my facebook page etc I’d leave for two evenings a week after dinner, that way I would not waste hours during the day loosing track of time surfing the net. One day a month I have ‘business money day’ where I update my spreadsheets, pay myself, plan for future financial commitments etc.

Friday’s were fairly flexible, sometimes I’d spend the entire day out and about with no. 2. Other times I’d catch up on work from that week. Saturday’s are our sacred family day, so we’d catch up with friends, head down to the city for the day or go on drives in the countryside.

It all sounds very scripted when I write it down like this... the key for me being able to run a business and enjoy family time is being flexible. There were some days where all my well laid plans just got tossed out the window because I’d have a sick child to care for, an excursion with the school to go to etc... life with young children is unpredictable, but so rewarding! Having set myself focus days, I knew I could pick up where I left off once these challenges had passed.

The most important thing I’d like to get across here is that in order to achieve a lot in a little time it can really help to focus your time to allocated tasks or types of tasks, that way you can cover the broad spectrum of things you’d really like to get through enabling you to achieve your goals.

by marie-nicole
po box 73, yass, nsw 2582
a b n:   83  510 980 759

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What is OPIC Team?

For thousand of years in any civilisation, to achieve a great vision you needed a good leader and did you know that for any great leader there must be supported by a great team of people.
So how do you empower your people to help you to accomplish your vision? &

How do you create ownership for your people too???

The OPIC Team is one of eight business concepts that we use to coach Artists, Designers & creative business owners. It's also part of our business workshop series that we run throughout the year.

ArtSHINE's 8 Business Concepts:

1.    OPIC Planning
2.    OPIC CashFlow
3.    OPIC Quirk
4.    OPIC Sales
5.    OPIC Service
6.    OPIC System
7.    OPIC Team
8  OPIC Leveraging

As a business owner you require a team that works together towards a common goal by ultising methods, tools and rules. The key for you is to find a right team that fits your business and how you align your team to your business. 

“Tell me about your team and I will tell you who you are"- Vinh Van Lam

Remember your team will only be as good as you are, and surprisingly as a leader you will only be as good as your team. Your team is a reflection of you. Therefore as a Team and a Leader you are interdependent.

So the first thing to build is a great team. It 's best to start with you first as you are the leader in your business, the way you coach, work and motivate your team is the key to your success. So first you need to know all about "YOU" and learn as much about yourself and what is required for you to get your people to where you want them to be in your business.

Many business owners forgot about this point to find out more about themselves. The true alignment between your people and business truly lays on you; the "Leader".

The minute you understand about yourself, you will be in a great position to understand your team and achieve the results you really desire.

OPIC team is a great way for you to learn about who you are and how to align your stakeholders and your team!

The OPIC team is to make sure you are aware of the value of having a great team, and how they can help you in achieving your tasks, goals and create the business of your dreams.

And at the end you would have created a successful business that runs without you so that it will give you more time to spending quality time with your family and friends.

Pure Leverage

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