Thursday, March 28, 2013

Happy Easter !

"Easter spells out beauty, 
the rare beauty of new life". 
 ~S.D. Gordon

Happy Easter Everyone!

Enjoy your Easter Break

Best Wishes

Vinh & Stuart

Sydney Design is back in 3–18 August 2013 at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

"Sydney's leading festival of design is back in 2013! This year's theme Design re-think asks: 

  • Can intelligent design save the world?
  • Can design transform, replenish and restore the well-being of our world to create a cleaner, more beautiful and more functional society? 

Stay tuned for an inspirational program featuring exhibitions, talks and events at the Powerhouse Museum and across Sydney.  

Re-think and get involved: Not only can you visit Sydney Design 2013 – you can be part of it. So put your (re)thinking cap on and get ready for expressions of interest to open soon. "

Here are the previous program for inspiration.

Special Feature:

A comprehensive retrospective of the work of George Nelson (1908–1986), one of the most influential figures in American design during the second half of the twentieth century, will open at the Powerhouse Museum as part of Sydney Design 2013.

Marshmallow Sofa, 1956. Photo: Vitra

Nelson created classics of modern furniture and interior design like the Coconut Chair (1956), the Marshmallow Sofa (pictured, 1956), the Ball Clock (1947), the Bubble Lamps (starting in 1952) and the Action Office (1964). He was not only a leading designer and notable architect, but also a prominent author, editor, lecturer, exhibition designer, and a passionate photographer.

In his many essays on design, he was one of the most prominent voices among his peers in reflecting on the working conditions, duties and objectives of his profession at a time when the field and its image were still in the formative years. Nelson’s conception of design as a system, his approach that went beyond mere styling and always took into consideration the greater nexus of interrelated interests and concerns as well as his achievements in the teaching of design give his oeuvre particular relevance and appeal in today’s context.

Exhibition opens as part of Sydney Design 2013

Zoo Clocks, 1965. Photo: Vitra Design Museum Archive

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Close Up with Artist and Teacher Wanda Grein

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
Hi Everyone. My name is Wanda Grein and I am an Art Consultant in my own business. My background is teaching, 35 years and counting! I teach three days per week in my Art Studio where I conduct art classes for 87 students ranging in ages from 5 to 75 years of age. I teach all of the arts not just painting!

I also do contract work for various schools across Sydney and the Illawarra where community art projects are required. Behind the work scene I am also an artist where I paint commissions for various groups, and I am just starting to become a bit ‘famous’! I will be showing my artwork in my own very first Art Exhibition in August this year. What a wonderful opportunity this is for me.

I also read Tarot cards and participate in various Psychic Festivals such as the Mind Body Spirit Festival.When I have time I also teach the Art of Tarot on the weekends.

I am a mother who enjoys family life, spending time with my very cute granddaughter, and watching my adult children become wonderful awesome people.  I am so lucky to have a husband who is supportive of my work both as an artist and businesswoman.

Fantasia Inca

Who (or what) inspires you to do what you love in your own creative business?
I have always loved ART. As a child I was always drawing, colouring, painting! Art is in my nature! It is who I am! I am an intuitive artist, so anything inspirational on a spiritual level is inspiring.
I am inspired by the fact that ART is an invisible doorway for those who seek healing, stillness and personal self-expression. I see myself as a conduit through the art forms for those who seek to know their true selves, and gain an understanding of self through their own ART making. This is what inspires me.

Where do you get your inspiration from when you design/paint?
There are so many things that inspire me to paint or sculpt. I like to paint spiritual images, and what helps me is the ability to use my imagination to capture an idea and express it in many meaningful different ways. My artwork reflects my inner desire to see a peace filled world of an interfaith perspective. Before I paint, I have a general idea/ plan about what Id like to paint, and then when I am in the process of painting more ideas about colours and images to include come through. I surprise myself how a painting turns out. Last year the monks at the Buddhist Temple where so impressed with my interpretation of Buddha, that they have commissioned me to paint images for the Buddhist University! This is very exciting for me, and especially so that I am Christian not Buddhist. You may ask me why I paint Buddha, and the answer is I love the energy of painting Buddha. It gives me great satisfaction.

my granddaughter and myself 
called'easter tree

I follow my intuition all the time even when I am consulting for big Art projects. I listen to the clients about what they would like to see on the walls or gardens, and I ask them questions about what they would like to include in the artwork. Images and styles will come flooding through my mind and the I see the whole design! I quickly draw it so I do not forget.

What are the five words that people who know you would use to describe you?
Over the years I know past clients and bosses have stated this about me and my work: Inspirational, motivating, enthusiastic, open, accepting, free spirit.

Tell us about your very first job and what path have you taken since then?
My very first job was working in a Delicatessen when I was 13 years old. I used to mop the floors.I thought one day I am going to sell the lovely cold meats and cheeses that was my goal! The first item I sold was a kilo of pork sausages!

Silent Buddha

By the time I was 16 years old, I was running the business while the boss went on holidays! I became a teacher and moved into the ARTS very soon after. I also have a Masters Degree in Applied Sciences and I studied Art Therapy. As an educator I saw the importance of the Arts as a vital component to children’s development. They lead happier lives and there is depth and tenderness in their character because they have been taught through the ARTS (including dance drama & music) to express themselves without fear. They gain confidence in how to relate to others, and understand themselves better. When I left full time teaching, I worked as an Art Specialist running Arts workshops for Teachers/Artistic Retreats/Spirituality Days for Staff Development days for various schools and Various Hopsital staffs. I have worked part time as a Visual Arts sessional lecturer/tutor at various Universities, and along with a colleague, I co-authored some Arts oriented Educational curriculum documents. I am involved annually in the judging and coordination of specific Children’s art exhibitions, and I have organised several other exhibitions for schools and small community groups.

Describe a typical day in your studio space?
My day begins with me making my very famous Balinese Ginger tea, which I steep to infuse the flavours of the ginger, mint and lime. My adult clients just love it! This is for morning tea.

In the studio

Then I go down stairs to the Studio to do some clearing of the creative space. This includes always having fresh flowers next to a beautiful statue of Buddha, and burning incense. I check that all equipment is prepared on the tables, steam clean the floor, and have the artworks ready in the studio on easels. Finally, I set an intention for a perfect day. I light scented candles around the studio space, and turn on the CD player with some calming music. The adult students arrive around 10am, and I will be on my feet until 1pm After they have left, I prepare for the afternoon class at 3:30pm.This will include cleaning brushes, emptying dirty water bucket, sweeping floor, and the washing up from morning tea. I eat my lunch, and then if I do not have any business to attend to, I will spend a few hours ( if I am lucky) painting for my exhibition. At 3pm I make cordial and prepare afternoon tea for my younger students as some of them come to art class straight from school and they need a carb hit! At 4:45pm my husband comes down with ice creams for the kids. This is their time to stop painting, and have an artistic conversation with each other about their artworks. I finish at around 6pm and I have tidied the studio space ready for the next day!

As an Artist, what is your biggest frustration?
My biggest frustration at the moment is finding the time to paint for myself. I need to restructure a discipline where my painting time is important. I am learning this skill, and I realise I need to be dedicated to it. As an artist, I also need to spend quiet time away from the studio, to defrag if you like, to renew my energies.

Simply Buddha
Tell us about how you prioritise your work.
As a businesswoman of an Art Studio, and art consultant I am constantly prioritising my work. I am learning to network with other business people to see how they organise their books, finances, organise their mail outs and so on. One thing I do, as a number one rule is that every call I get to the Art Studio is a potential client. I always return calls and emails. My business acumen is a ‘a work in progress’. 

Can you please tell us about how do you connect with other artists, and your customers (i.e. how do you network)?
I connect with people in different ways and I find people come to art classes for so many different reasons. I find that some of my adult students are stuck in thinking that their artwork must be ‘perfect’. I find the idea of ‘perfect’ interferes with creativity. So I suggest to them to explore and play with the paint! That changes everything!

I start where the client wants to start.
Everyone is on his or her own individual program.
I keep my clients informed about the Art Studio and events via a printed newsletter and emails.
I keep in contact with other artists through other art exhibitions. I am just getting to know some of the artists in the Illawarra.

St Francis Xavier Mosaic

What advice can you offer other creative people who are just starting out and following their passions?
To me the most important advice I would give someone who wants to follow his or her passions is to ‘just do it’. There is no time than the ‘present moment’. We live in a world of financial security and there is fear of ‘not having enough’. I have been there, watching my pennies as a single mum. But I always got by. Always.

In 2008 after a health scare ( what was Spirit trying to tell me???) I stopped working full time to follow my dream of having my own art studio and teaching Art how I wanted to. We moved from Sydney to Kiama, and thought we’ll give it one year to see how it all goes, and we have not ever looked back. It was meant to be! We are certainly not rich financially but we are rich with where we live in beautiful Kiama, I love living by the sea. I have a gorgeous Art Studio. My art students are just wonderful, and I feel we are truly blessed. So Why wait? What are you waiting for?

What dreams do you still want to achieve or fulfil in your life?
It has always been my dream to have my own Art studio, tick! My next dream is to open a retail art supply shop so my students and other artists can have easy access to supplies. I am slowly working towards this.
 My ultimate dream would be to teach art to communities in  third world countries. That would be a gift!

 Universal Buddha
What is your proudest moment so far?
I have had so many proud moments in my life. But my proudest moment was when in 2004 I conducted a State wide Children’s Peacelink Project, where 33,000 children stopped at 12 noon with their teachers, and meditated and prayed for World Peace for 10 minutes. I was very kindly acknowledged by Mr Nelson Mandela (Via Email from South Africa) and his Holiness the Dalai Lama (through his contact in Canberra) who both endorsed and supported the project! Mr James Twyman (World Peace Troubadour, musician and author of book ‘Emissary of Light’), the Director of Catholic Schools Brother Kelvin, and the Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Pell, also endorsed the project. It was a fabulous!

Who do you most want to meet and why?
I would love to shake hands with Mr Nelson Mandela. For me he epitomises ‘Peace’. He is a living example of the ‘Buddha’ in us all who we can aspire to be. I have met the Dalai Lama, and that was wonderful to be in his space even if it was for a few minutes.

What is the most important lesson in life that you have learned?
Wow!  this is a powerful question. My greatest lesson in my life was learning to TRUST myself at every level of my being.

 Quan Yin- The goddess of mercy

What book are you reading right now, and do you have a book you would like to recommend?
I tend to read a few books at the same time. I am reading a book on Buddhist teachings  called “ Being Good: Buddhist Ethics for Everyday Life” by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. Venerable Maio Yong at the Buddhist Temple in Berkeley, NSW, kindly gave this book to me.

I am also reading ‘The Magician’s Way’ by William Whitecloud. This is a great book about personal transformation, and recognising the master within. Finally I am reading ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’ by Timothy Ferris, a very informative approach to retirement and living your dream!

A book that I would recommend for a great read is a book called ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma, a fiction story about following your dreams and finding your destiny.

Where do we find you and your products? 
You will find me at ‘The Art Studio @ Kiama’ is in Coachwood Street Kiama. The studio is open Tuesdays through to Thursdays, and on some specific Saturday’s where I run art courses for small groups. 
  • Adult classes are in the mornings from 10am to 12:30pm.
  • Children and teenage art classes run from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.
  • Three hour art classes and small group Saturday Art classes are available upon request.

Mosaics- St Francis, St Chris

I work in Sydney Monday and Fridays as a Mosaic Artist creating mosaics for schools and community spaces.

My artwork exhibition of Buddhist Art will be shown in August 2013 at the Nantien Buddhist Temple in Berkeley. Check the Nan tien Temple Website for further information about this Exhibition. My current artwork ‘ Simply Buddha’ is on Exhibition as of the 29th March through to 10th May for the Buddha’s Birthday Education Project.

I am planning to get a web designer to help me create an awesome website that I can manage myself. Any advise here would be greatly appreciated.

Do you have a Special offer for  ArtSHINE  community?
My special offer to the Art SHINE Community would be the following.
If you are visiting Kiama, you are welcome to come to the Studio and enjoy the first Art lesson for half price.

That’s a savings of $ 12.50. Alternatively, you can have one 30-minute Tarot Reading for $30, a savings of $20.

Finally if the ArtSHINE community that would like artistic consultation for a mural or mosaic, meditation garden or indoor painting, I offer the first artistic consultation half price. That’s a savings of $250.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Inspirational Quote!

"Every great business owner has smart team behind them. They are no different than you. What they have is a clear vision and built great systems in place to support their businesses, and also they have the ability to attract great people to work for them. Just like a magnet "like attracts like"~ ArtSHINE

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ArtSHINE Book Store is Now LIVE at Amazon

Please check it out now!

Each month we will add new books to our bookstore. So please visit our store to find out more about the books that you would like to read and to build your Business Acumen, Mindset and Knowledge.

We will also select a favourite book each month and we will review the book and share the findings with you at beginning of each from May 2013.

Do you have a great book that you would like us to feature in our book store?

Please post a comment or  leave a comment on ArtSHINE Facebook page

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Have a great day!

Make Tomorrow Today!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

ArtSHINE's Inspirational Gift store is now LIVE! at Zazzle

Please check it out now!

Every month we will adding new products. So please visit our store to find out more about  "The Quotes Series" items  that resonate with you in our store.

Here are just a few items for you to  get a close up to the" Quote Series" range.

                                                         Make Tomorrow Today! T-Shirt
                                                             SHINE! Lap top Sleeve

                                                                     Guitarist Clock
visit our store

Your feedback is important to us so please let a comment and let us know your thoughts about our store at Zazzle.

Have a great day!

Make Tomorrow Today!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Inspirational Quote!

Photography by Monica Li

"Great leaders leave a trail of footprints that inspires you to follow your passions and dreams..."
~ Vinh Van Lam

Original post:

"But HOW do I know what my passion is??"

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St Patrick's Day to Our Irish Friends

"A best friend is like a four leaf clover, 

hard to find and lucky to have.

We're thankful we have you

as friends."


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thank you to all of you who have 

been apart of ArtSHINE community here

Friday, March 15, 2013

ArtSHINE News Update for 2013

We've lots of exciting news to share with you today.

Here are some of ArtSHINE 's activities for the rest of the year:

  • The ArtSHINE store at Zazzle
We'll be launching this inspirational gift store on the 18th of March 2013.

  • The Quote Series

The products you'll see is this range are based on our very first Inspirational Quote book; "Now is the time to SHINE!" launched in October last year.

All merchandise will have an inspirational quote, and all the photography is by the talented Monica Li who has kindly been sharing her amazing photographs with the ArtSHINE community for the past 2 years.

  • ArtSHINE book store at Amazon
On the 19th of March 2013 we'll be launching our new online bookstore. This new bookstore will feature some of our favourite business and self development books.

Here you will find  books to inspire your creative passion and some simple business tools to help your  business improve.

  • ArtSHINE website
Most excitingly, we'll be launching the new and updated ArtSHINE website on the 8th of April 2013. This new website will have better functionality, better design, and plenty more features that the ArtSHINE community has told us that you'd like to see.

We would like to thanks my dear friend Artist and Designer Chris Chun & Web Designer Mark Kearns for helping us with the look and feel of the website.

We're looking forward to sharing it with you.

  • Ebooks
Throughout the year we'll be launching our new series of e-books that will assist you as you in your creative practice.
Look out for them as they come to you throughout the coming year in May, July, September, October and December.

  • ArtSHINE Creative business directory.

In October 2013 we'll be launching the ArtSHINE community Creative Business Directory. The directory has a focus on creative businesses; from the arts, to crafts, design, photography, and more. The directory will help you connect with other creative business and art & design practices.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Premiere Fashion Trade Event at Carriage Work, Sydney 8-12 April 2013

"As a buying event for selected brands, PREMIERE provides a unique platform for visitors to discover select group of emerging and established designers and distributors presenting their collections to the industry.
Over PREMIERE's five days, a fabulous array of contemporary and cutting edge fashion will be presented from both Australian and international labels.

Since its inception in 2011, PREMIERE has built a reputation as the leading platform for Australia's fashion industry, offering visitors a unique opportunity to preview the latest collections in a professional, boutique environment.
Now in an alignment over several years with IMG Fashion, PREMIERE will co-locate, combining their existing exhibitor inventory with the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Designer Suite Program, resulting in the largest boutique fashion trade platform in the Southern Hemisphere.
Adding to the offer, PREMIERE will also play host to fashion business seminars and education forums from leading experts around the globe.
By joining Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in this new initiative, designers can maximise sales to registered buyers of both events while extending valuable connections within the industry.

Don't miss PREMIERE at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring Summer 2013/14 from April 8 to April 12, 2013 at Carriageworks".

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Inspirational Quote!

"Butterflies are nature's proof that 
we can all have a second chance"
~Vinh Van Lam

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Blue as a Colour- By Artist Pascale Rajek

Blue is everywhere

It’s time for my colour blog and this week, it is BLUE who will be the star. When I started to write about blue, I was on a plane going to Noumea, New Caledonia..

What a better place to speak about blue..

The colour of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives and the “favourite colour” and has an equal appeal to both men and women.

But which blue.. The range of blues are like the sky is the limit..

There is different shades of blue, subtle changes in meanings from dark to medium to light blues..#

Credits: Eric Aubry, Pierre Alain Pantz

Colour is a catalyst for feelings - the right colours stimulate or relax our senses, release either happy or unhappy memories, reflect how we feel about ourselves and relate to each other.
But first, let’s see the range of blues we have around us.. and the best places to find amazing colours combination and example – that’s my opinion  - is Design Seeds

Names for shades of Blue: azure, baby blue, beryl, cerulean, cobalt, cornflower blue, corporate blue, cyan, indigo, midnight blue, navy, Prussian blue, robin's egg blue, royal, sapphire, sky blue, slate, steel blue… just to name a few

Blue from beyond the seas.. ultramarine (Oltramarino) made from semi-precious stone lapi lazuli*

*Reference: Victoria Finlay: Colour Travels Through the Paintbox – chapter on Blue

The meanings of blue are often associated with serenity, calm, spirituality and trustworthy, dependable and committed. But colour symbolism can be strangely contradictory and Blue is no different.
Blue also brings to mind sadness and loneliness for many.

As the collective colour of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. However, not all blues are serene and sedate.

Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic -- an engaging colour that expresses exhilaration. Some shades or the overuse of blue may come across as cold or uncaring.

Indigo, a deeper blue, symbolizes a mystical borderland of wisdom, self-mastery, and spiritual realization. While blue is the colour of communication with others, indigo turns the blue inward to increase personal thought, profound insights, and instant understandings.

Colours affect us in different ways – see information on Yellow Colour

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