To view more of Sophia's art go to or

to purchase prints and cards of her artwork go to

If you see an artwork on this website that you like but it's already sold - please contact Sophia as she does commissions.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Support our Shavers

Sofia Minson - Full article from East and Bays Courier

Helen Sherrock

Sharlene Schmidt

Journey Of Life - Shave an Artist

Artist: Sophia Elise
Title: Journey of Life
Media: Mixed media and acrylic - all dots are hand painted by brush
Size: 1010mm X 400mm

This artwork represents the journey of life - the different paths we take, the twists and turns, the branches - the path is not always smooth...we all need to realise that every person we meet in life may be bearing some kind of load that we cannot see .. treat everyone with love, sensitivity and understanding.

This is the painting that I have donated to the "Shave an Artist" charity art auction and head shave on Feb 3rd at the Bruce Mason Centre. 100% of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation of NZ (LBF).

There are 13 artworks from top NZ Artists being auctioned - take a look here for their full descriptions

There are also 13 brave people who are shaving their heads in support of this great cause. If you want to sponsor them then please go to and search for "shave an artist"

If you're not too fussed about who to sponsor then please sponsor Helen Sherrock - every dollar she raises will be matched by the company United Water!!! YAY!

Come see them on opening night - bid on an artwork - or buy one of the exhibition artworks (20% of the exhibition sales are also being donated to LBF)

Shave an Artist - Leukaemia and Blood Foundation

The NZ Art Guild and Leukaemia and Blood Foundation of NZ would like to formally invite you to the opening night of "Shave an Artist" Charity Art Auction which is being held at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland on Tuesday the 3rd of February at 6pm

Top NZ Artists - Sofia Minson, Tony Brown, Sally Blyth, Nancy Frazer, Sophia Elise, Tanya Dann, Beate Minderjahn, Helen Sherrock, Sharlene Schmidt, Marimba Powley, Jennifer Christiansen, Juliet Cryns and Victoria Anderson - have donated fantastic artworks which will auctioned off at a one of a kind, not to be missed charity event.

Watch while artists and friends have their heads shaved alongside their artworks being auctioned. To coincide with this event 35 artists from around NZ will be having a month long exhibition of original, diverse artworks depicting "life" in all its facets.

100% of the proceeds from the art auction and head shaves and 20% from all exhibition artwork sales will be donated to LBF.

"Life" Exhibition
Opening night:
Tuesday 3rd February 2009 at 6:00pm - free entry - all welcome
Venue: Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna Beach, Auckland
Date: February 3rd - 28th 2009
Open: Monday to Friday 9 - 5 & Saturday 10 - 4

For more information go to and click on "shave an artist" button on the home page

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Blast off in the New Year

Title: Radiance
Media: Acrylic on Canvas - all dots are hand painted by brush
Size: 25cm x 25cm
SOLD At First of the Block Exhibition at Mairgani Art Centre, Auckland - Opens Jan 20th

Blast off in the New Year
By Alyson B. Stanfield,

A couple of weeks ago I asked you to take time from your bustling schedule to celebrate all you've gotten done in the last 12 months. If you haven't celebrated your 2008 accomplishments, I hope you'll take the time to do that.

Now it's time to look forward. Time to blast off! Yep, I'm going to use the "G word": Goals. It's goal-setting time. I'm certain this is not the only newsletter you'll receive this week on setting goals. But I'm not going to ask you to create deadlines and action steps. Instead, I'd like for you to set intentions--intentions that form a vision for marketing yourself and your art in the New Year.

Let's start with a couple of big questions.

1. How do you intend to promote your art consistently? Last fall my mastermind partner challenged me to come up with a list of 100 ways to promote my business, and I succeeded. Now, I need to do something with that list. So, I select 2-5 ideas for promoting my business each month depending on the degree of difficulty of each item. It's not a year long plan, but it works for me and it might work for you.

2. How do you intend to bring in more money from your art business? This might require more detailed planning and actually putting a pen to paper, which is why I'm teaching "A Quick-and-Easy Marketing Plan" during January's smARTist Telesummit. See The point is to avoid a fuzzy goal like "make more money" and come up with a workable plan that helps you envision success. After you've tackled these big questions, add to your vision by considering the following.
What will you do to become better known online?
What can you write a press release about? Of course, then you must distribute the release and follow up.
What technological skills do you need to learn or improve?
How many people would you like to add to your mailing list?
What cool or influential people in your community would you like to meet?
What printed marketing piece do you need to create or revamp? (I'll have an upcoming newsletter on writing brochures, so be sure to look for it.)
How will you juice up your newsletters and email blasts so that people look forward to them? (Review pages 148-149 in "I'd Rather Be in the Studio!")
What books do you need to read to help your career? A good one for a new beginning is Twyla Tharp's "The Creative Habit."
What organizations will you join or become involved with? What organizations or affiliations should you move on from? Sometimes we stay in situations because they're comfortable. You need to recognize when something has served its purpose and is no longer challenging you to be your best.
What grants/honors/awards will you apply for? Hey, getting the application completed is a win in itself! Writing a grant application helps you get motivated and organized.
What galleries, exhibits, or other venues will you submit your art to?
Where can you save a wad of money?

Finally, a matter you might not have considered. How will you improve your mindset so that promoting your art and making money as an artist becomes easier and more joyful? They say attitude is everything. How is yours? Are you in an emotional, mental, and spiritual place that allows abundance to flow? Or do you have blocks in some areas? It's hard to get other people excited about your art when you don't enjoy sharing it.

We're going to work on mindset, routines, and intentions in the New Year Blast Off class, which begins next week. Think about joining us. Find out more at

Know This . . .There's just something about this moment that is ripe for positive change.
Think About This . . . Are you going to miss this opportunity?

Do This . . . Blast off in the New Year! Whether you call them goals, intentions, or visions isn't important. What's important is that you identify them--that you know where you want to go.

© 2009 Alyson B. Stanfield. Alyson takes the mystery out of marketing your art and making more money as an artist. Visit to get articles just like this one delivered to your inbox.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Find Your Way

Title: Find your way
Media: Acrylic on canvas - all dots are handpainted by brush
Size: 25cm x 25cm
SOLD via Mairangi Art Centre "First Off the Block" Exhibition opens Tuesday 20th Jan.

This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy. - Susan Polis Schutz

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thought of the day

Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision. - Anthony Robbins

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Happy New Year!

Ok Maybe a little belated - where is the year going already???

Take a few minutes to watch this video - turn the volume up and enjoy - a great way to start the year - and pearls of wisdom to take with you on your journey.