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my journey…self-taught…studio artist… professional artist!

Friday 25th November 2009
A very wise friend of mine recently reminded me that we need to let the universe know what we want so that we get what we want…now I am not 100% sure that we get what we want, but I do know for certain that we get what we need…what we need to learn, to grow, to be fully what we decided we wanted to be before we forgot…

but just in case we are meant to get what we want…I have been asking myself, what do I really want from my art, a career? a diversion? to leave my mark? fame? I have always been an artist, but for a long time I was a painter that didn’t paint, and a writer that didn’t write…then one day, the pain of not painting, and not writing, got worse than the pain of actually doing those things…so I sat down and wrote my novel (18 months of hard work, and it is 1000’s of words long, but needs an epic re-write and editing session…) and I picked up that paint brush…

what I can say? What I can say unequivocally, is that painting, no, art, is my passion…I can’t descibe the drive that makes us paint… is it primeval? is it the ultimate arrogance that we think others want to see what’s going on inside our heads…make them see what we see when we open our eyes? Is it why I am here? to paint the reflection of boats on the water…the way sunlight hits the Arc de Triomphe in the August heat? Can it really be that simple?

Well, just in case we really do get what we ask for, I am going to tell the universe right here and now what I want from my art, from my life. I have a wonderful husband and a fabulous son, family and friends, my health and a home and I am already an artist. I am so blessed!

And now…I want to take this ride as far as it will go! I want success as an artist…and I define that by the number of paintings I am making and selling to those who want them. I am not trying to make statements or to be provocative…I just want to make pictures and sell them to people who love them!

I want the whole box and dice here…I want to travel with my art…to France…to the USA…to Spain…I want to sell a lot of paintings and be sought out by collectors…I don’t want to be rich and famous, but I want enough money so I can do all the things I want to do and help my family. I want to do the work that I want to do…make the art that comes bubbling out of me…and I want to be a role model for other women and for my son…to live out his passion for music and take that ride as far as it will go.
so there you have it…is that my prayer? my offering up to the universe a shopping list for success as an artist? I hope this doesn’t come across as arrogant… or selfish – This is the first time in my life that I have had the guts to really ask for something I want. I was raised to put myself last but I am over that. My husband and son are so important, that goes without saying, but so is my art and now – I really believe that this will happen, that it is already happening. this year has been such a rush of firsts and achievements. In April I was miserable working in a Bathroom showroom…doing a great job but in a funk. I didn’t have time to paint and it was driving me nuts! I decided enough was enough and left and within the last 7 months I am now a full time artist earning a living from my art…and now I just gotta think…bigger…!

Monday, October 12, 2009
The Taupe Kombi van…aaahhh…

This week I painted another Kombi van, just for something different… This time inspired by my employers’ search for a kombi. I have painted a few kombis now, but this one was a pleasure to paint! I love this colour and coupled with the experience of painting a sign for my employers’ holiday rental property I had a change of plan with the colour scheme – from bright Aqua coloured van and blue blue sky, I went to the light side – taupe for the van and a dusty dirtied-off sapphire blue for the sky with a pandanus palm masquerading as a pony tail palm in the corner. I think I still need to deepen the shadows…and I just spotted a little error somewhere that I need to fix before it goes to the gallery, but I am not going to tell you!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009
Julie/Julia – my new favourite movie…well top 3 anyway

I saw a movie today. Julie/Julia with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. An excellent movie with depth and a message but also a thoroughly enjoyable watch. My cousin Rose and I sat there laughing and getting a little teary eyed as Ms. Streeps Julia Child showed us how to ‘bloom where you’re planted’ and make lemonade out of life’s lemons. She was unable to have kids and it obviously hurt (when here sister became pregnant even moreso), but she lived with such joy, loved her husband with such passion and cooked with gusto. But the best thing about this movie (and hopefully it was true to the real Mrs Child), she was unashamedly real. She didn’t give two thoughts to waht other’s thought of her, but she was kind and real and in the words of her husband, Paul, she brought out the best in everyone, even the French. She loved Paris, loved to cook, loved to make love, and loved life. The sheer joy of this movie has stayed with me all afternoon and I have nearly finished another painting – (a taupe kombi van!) hopefully photos uploaded tomorrow.

Now to my next project, well a simulaneous project; my book. Entitled – From there to here: Via Paris . I am in the process of an epic edit and re-write. Re-structuring the whole book away from my survival of illness and the loss of my first husband more towards a joyful tale of my trips to Paris (past and future!!) – the adventures I had there in the past as a young, single woman, as a newlywed and as a mother, and in the future as an artist and mother of a musician. I want to bring people joy and lightness and happiness and beauty and passion and laughter and brightness and love and did I mention joy?

Below is one of my life drawing sketches done with Charcoal and pastel. I am quite proud of the energy in this one. It was a quick sketch – probably a 5 minute pose.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Two Hands/One Heart
by
Christine Betts
Charcoal on Paper

This work can now be seen on Sarah Bentvelzen’s Website
along with many other lovely images by other emerging artists.
Thanks so much to Sarah for giving me this opportunity!
Of course all my work is available to see and purchase (prints, cards, calendars, etc)
on my Redbubble site
and please contact me directly for commissions and to purchase originals.
Monday, October 5, 2009


A recent Oil on canvas done of the Currumbin Alley for my friends, Paul and Louisa. I have recently touched up the clouds but other than that this is the finished product.

Here is some info on the Cite des Arts residency programme in Paris that I hope to be eligible for in a couple of years.

I am getting my passion back! I am dreaming about Paris every night (must be the books I am reading!) and my painting is going very well. Not only am I painting at work, but also painting at home. I am completing a few realist paintings (kombis etc) but I am about to embark on a new phase of landscapes and impressionist style work, keeping the super-real stuff for my boats. I am intending on entering the Brisbane Artists Academe scholarship show. I just have to get in and get stuff in shows…

My son is going very well with his cello, so I am sure when the time comes for me to head to Paris for my residency, he will be able to accompany me and attend some classes etc.
Sunday, October 4, 2009

I finally have a zazzle shop!
Check out my new Zazzle shop for all your Christmas present buying!
At left is a mouse-mat you can buy for your computer with my charcoal drawing Two Hands/One Heart printed on it.
There are so many other items available too – from t-shirts to cards, to key-rings and even hats!
Enjoy!!
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sales!!

Marnie sold 6 paintings for me!!! woo hoo!! thanks Marnie:):)
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

yes, I am still here…

what a ride it has been! the last 2 months have been so busy but I have to admit, I have been remiss in not updating here. The new job is going very well and we are just about set to embark on our huge project – supplying the art work for numerous new resorts! It is so exciting! – it has affected my ability to focus on my own painting at home though but I just have to remain focussed on the prize – to spend a month in Paris in 2011, painting and writing and brushing up on my French! I am still selling my little realist paintings down at Treasured Interiors at Currumbin Beach on the esplanade – and Marnie is such a great ambassador for my work:)

don’t want to go the way of Vincent
art is life
writerpainter
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
married, mum-of-one, writer, painter, I love learning about art

Comments

  • JohnPeel
    JohnPeelabout 5 years ago

    Good luck, Christine, Go for it!

  • thanks John. you are so supportive:)

    – ChristineBetts

  • Helen Corr
    Helen Corrabout 5 years ago

    tres bien! a bit of french practice for you – best of luck Christine!

  • merci beaucoup, Helen!

    – ChristineBetts