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Interviewed!

Imagine my surprise when I opened my inbox to find a podcast interview request!

I love podcasts and I often listen to them while drawing – real people with real stories, inspiring personalities and spine-chilling ghost stories – I listen to all of them! I find that I concentrate better when my mind is occupied and podcasts really work well for this.

The idea of hearing myself speak initially terrified me though, but Angie Noll from the ‘The Not Starving Artist’ is the loveliest human being. We immediately clicked and in the meantime have become fast friends. Her love for all things creative is contagious and I enjoy her genuine interest in her guests.

To listen to the Podcast – follow this link: http://www.angienoll.com/blog/2019/9/14/henriette-van-staaden

We discussed a couple of things – from my art journey to the process of creating a drawing. We also discussed being ‘self-taught’ and accepting yourself as an artist.

Thank you Angie – what an amazing experience!

August 2018

August was a month in which dreams came true, which is also why I was quite absent from my blog.

Some time ago I was lucky enough to be contacted by Andre from Artsavingsclub.co.za – a brand new online art shop.  I had come across them while searching for some arty thing and had already dealt with the very professional staff and was completely astounded when Andre and I started talking about running their blog.  In Artsavingsclub I encountered like-minded people as enthusiastic about the industry as I am and while trying not to sound too over-the-moon I wanted to jump at the opportunity with both hands, feet and well, everything else!  Writing has been a secret passion of mine since forever, so its the marriage of many passions.  

On 20 August we published the very first blog – you can have a look at that post here.

At the moment we are working on a lot of different topics to interest and entice all the art-lovers and art-supply addicts and I am very grateful to be affiliated with the Artsavingsclub family.  I am so excited at the prospect of talking and connecting with other artists.

Then on 25 August I married the man whom I want to journey with.  In Christo I have found someone who supports all my imaginings, who makes every ordinary day extraordinary in its simple contentedness.  He lifts my spirit while at the same time grounding my whimsical nature.

Our day was spectacular – a simple open-air affair under the stars, complete with full moon and surrounded by the people we love.  If I had dreamt it it could not have been more perfect!  As with all weddings I cannot believe its already over!

4 days later another dream came true when Andre sent me a message showing me the latest edition of The South African Artist Magazine – so unreal and humbling to be featured in their September issue.  I can never wait for the latest edition and I think it hasn’t sunk in yet that this edition featured my work.  What an absolute honour!

After a month like that, one might wonder what next!  Today we are off to Botswana for a rough and tough 4×4 trip into nowhere and I am looking forward to recharging my soul, being inspired and coming back guns blazing.  I have so many ideas and new things I want to try, so many drawings haunting my dreams that I am already rearing to go.

As an artist I have always been interested in different genres and mediums and after listening to a podcast about being multi-passionate I think I am finally giving myself permission to follow all my wild dreams.

In the end all I can do is step back and be grateful for new opportunities and dreams.  So I am sending my thanks out there and also setting my intent to work hard, play hard and enjoy this journey!

Pencil Blessings xxx

 

Commissions

Good news – I am now accepting pet and wildlife commissions!

Basic commission pricing will be as follows for the Pastel original – this is for a single subject on a clean background (custom quotes will be done for additional subjects and/or more detailed backgrounds):

70cm x 50cm : Starting at R8500 – subject to quote

A3  (40cm x 30cm): Starting at R4800

A4: (24cm x 30cm): Starting at R2500

Commissions will be done using the highest quality mediums to ensure longevity.

I will need a well-lit high resolution image and at this point I am only accepting commissions of animals.  To reserve your spot, should there be a waiting list, a 50% booking fee will be required, as well as the completed commission contract.   The balance of the fee will be due on completion and acceptance of the portrait.

Send me a message via the handy contact form or email me at henriette@thecountrycreative.co.za

Hello!

I just received my package of prints and I am over the moon – the idea to sign then and send them off into the world fills me with the same kind of excitement and trepidation as sending a child off to a new school.

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