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Fur-Ever Side-by-Side

I’m so excited to have received this commission to paint a pet portrait for a friend. In life these two beautiful dogs, Bailey & Chorley, were best friends and always side-by-side. I painted Chorley’s picture last year and now I will paint Bailey’s, so they can sit side-by-side again.

Bailey, with Chorley inset.
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Free original artwork

Check the new page on my website showcasing an example of the type of work to expect. I’m producing many paintings for free – in an attempt to brighten this world and to repay the support many have shown me. Some paintings will be priced fairly based on time, skill and quality of input etc, others I’ll ask people to pay what they can.

Spin-Painting # 7

Stay up to date with my new paintings by liking my Facebook page below or connecting on Instagram @whatbox_creative

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.

Michelangelo
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Do your thing

Don’t be afraid, don’t be daunted, just do your job

Elizabeth Gilbert

It’s easy to begin to lose our minds in today’s situation. Not since WW2 have things been so drastic. It is true the situation is of course very serious, many have died and many more will also get sick and die without the basic rights and treatments they thought they would be afforded.

The media is essential in communicating what we must know and what is expected of us. However, it also contributes to the maelstrom of negative news and painful images we are exposed to on a daily basis. It can be hard to find motivation let alone inspiration,

I, like many around the globe, have lost their business and income. By Friday 13th of March I had lost 30% of my clients, by midday on Monday they had all gone. All cancelled. Some projects were 4 months in the making – cancelled in a couple of sentences in an email. Many of my customers have generously given me some cash, my property manager has just organised a rent reduction for me, my power company has requested government support to cover my utilities bill. And I do not get government support in Au. because I am a Kiwi. Despite this I feel very blessed and humbled by the kind efforts and donations of those around me.

OlΓ© to you none the less for just having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up

Elizabeth Gilbert

Like many I have wondered what is it I am to do? What now? How can I practice my art? For me, process has always proceeded outcome. Although I am a professional artist now, after art school in London, I trained to be a chef. Whether I was running a kitchen in a high-end restaurant or painting a large public mural, preparation and process have always come first; believing that the outcome will take care of itself.

I don’t have a ‘plan B’. I have always been an artist – I don’t know if I ever really much of a choice. So back to process it is. I am an artist. I will paint my pictures and do my thing. This is my craft, my passion, and my choice.

Choose something, anything, then follow it with absolute passion.

Andrew Price
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PANDEMIC & Loss

Dear All,

In this pandemic please support local businesses; the little guys, the sole traders, your kids after school maths tutor, their gym class teachers, their dance teachers, and their art teacher. Spare a thought for these people who have lost their incomes and whose businesses have been destroyed. 

I too believe we need to control the spread of the virus. But unlike those businesses that employ people, sole traders and art teachers like myself do not benefit from the government’s stimulus package hand-outs.

In this situation, I have lost all my revenue streams. Large events and classes have been cancelled by councils and libraries, NDIS clients have suspended all sessions, and art classes are continually being cancelled.

Additionally, I now face two weeks isolation upon my return to Australia; I am currently visiting home in Queenstown, New Zealand. 

Now I cannot teach face-to-face. I cannot earn money and my business is facing total collapse –  I cannot pay my rent, pay bills, buy food or other essential items or services.

I need your help. If you feel my work has benefited you, your child, or our community, please support me to be able get through these tough times, and so I can continue to do my work in our community.

Option 1. 

Give what you can. In exchange for generosity you will receive an original piece of artwork produced by me.

Please visit the link below to give what you can: https://paypal.me/WhatBoxCreative?locale.x=en_AU

Option 2

Purchase a term of art classes in advance. Or buy as many classes as you can afford. 

Please visit the page below to purchase art classes:

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Oil Painting. Step 1.

A quick and simplified example of sketching your subject and painting it quickly, without too much thought.

You want to get rid of the white canvas as quickly as you can, as white makes it hard to balance the colours.

You need to look for the medium or basic colour of the subject; shading, blending, and detail will be added afterwards.

https://youtu.be/cIERkwTw3og

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Ever wanted to learn how to paint?

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“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”

Kurt Vonnegut

Did you know WhatBox Creative art lessons are for adults as well?

It was great news to see this morning, when I opened my emails, that I have received another booking for a group of 20 adults wanting an introduction to acrylic painting. If you, or maybe you think your workplace, would like to learn send me a message or call 0490765618.

Today will be amazing, this year will be epic!

What other creative adventures can I get into today? Shortly I am heading off to finish the McGregor Gardens mural, then a large group of care-home residents will enjoy a diversional therapy art session, before ultimately ending my teaching day with a private art class at my studio.

Whatever you are doing today, give it everything you’ve got; make it count, and make someone else smile.

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The word is spreading

My best result yet!

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Congratulations WhatBox Creative!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

What a morning! And I’m more than happy to take this award! A company that I started at the end of 2017 is now ranked amongst the best in Dandenong and South East Melbourne. Starting with nothing and only one client, and heap of faith in myself, ‘WhatBox Creative’ now has dozens and dozens of clients who utilise our private art lessons, NDIS art therapy sessions, and businesses that book out our diversional therapy programmes up to 12 months in advance. 2020 will see it become the best in Melbourne!!!!

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Holiday Art Class Availability

A student proudly shows off his completed oil pastel landscape.

Demand for our children’s art classes has been incredible. As the long school holiday sets in, we’re mindful that our children don’t spend all of their time in front of a screen. Our art classes help to keep your child’s mind active, promote creativity and social skills, and are great value! For just $20 your child will receive first-class art instruction where all the materials they need are provided for them. With many classes available to choose from in the holidays, it’s easy to find one that is convenient for you and your creative little one. Spaces are filling up though so please click above for info and to book your child’s space. Thanks, have a great day, Andrew

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Holiday Art classes

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Small-Group Art Class

Good morning, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! For information on holiday art classes and to book, please visit our ‘Small-Group Art Classes‘ page. Please fill in the info and let me know if you have any issues. Thanks so much for your support to date. 2019 has been great for WhatBox Creative – 2020 is looking amazing already! Tell your friends, tell everyone ! Holiday classes running throughout the break for students of all ages and abilities, all materials provided, $20 per student per hour. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Andrew