Monday, June 16, 2014

In 5 years

UMM .. this
Some of my artist friends ended up in a local bar after a meeting last night. I'm sure in the history of artist that has never happened before. {If you can't read the sarcasm, then you may not want read this blog post.) Apparently, a few years ago, on of the artist suggested they all talk about where they want their art careers and lives to be in the next five years. But instead of just toasting to the hopes, they'd go around in the circle and get a bit of advice on how to make those dreams happen. Like for real.

When the conversation started, I thought they'd never actually talk about the careers and dreams of each artist for more than a passing moment but I was completely wrong. They each put a lot of love and thought into their responses to each other. I'm relatively new to this group, but I consider them my friends, and I really respect the art that they are making. So when they got around to me, I felt compelled to take notes on what they said, granted it was midnight, and we were at a bar.  I only took really good notes on what was said to me about my goals, but I wish I had written it down. A lot of what was said does, or will apply to me.

I've often questioned what it means to be  an artist, I've struggled in calling myself and artist. Which, of course, make it hard to really talk about my "art" career. But it was a good exercise and I wanted to participate so ... If I remember correctly, this is what I said:

From this ....

 In 5 Years....

  • I will have sold an original painting, for more than $20
  • I will have my architecture license. (I guess I think of my architecture career as part of my art career, who knew.)
  • Use both my real estate license and architecture license to become an evil developer. MUAW (Did I mention we were at a bar?)
  • For serious tho: Figure out how to merge my interest in art, architecture and urbanism.
  • Find more venues for show and installations.
.... to more of this

So how do get there?

  • Have a show (or two). oh yeah.
  • Document work! It's will be the only way to pitch to other venues. My City of Night piece, "Falling" was thought to be one of the best ones to activate space, but it was really hard to photograph. Taking a bit more time thinking about how my work, especially installation work can be represented to other venues, will expand my opportunities to show.
  • Give Tara my thesis.
  • Just get my architecture license, this is something that seems really hard, but if I make it a priority I could do it in less than a year.
  • Watch, Ted Talks about artist who made city happier; Read the The Design of Everyday Things.
  • Do (even) MORE research on where art and architecture overlap, this will readily inspire my work.
  • Write about my backwards career, find speaking engagements to talk about my unique perspective. 
  • Just trying to get to the top.

Make the time to work on my art, and art career
(even if its late nights and in little chunks)

Supper Big Thanks to everyone who gives the the love and support to move forward with my art and propel me to the life of my dreams. It would never happen without you. Many of whom I've met thru Emerging Leaders in Arts Buffalo (ELAB).

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Art by Mari Interview:Brainwashed

"Ripple VS Flow"
Acrylic on canvass
by Mari Pack
Last week I had coffee and a wonderful conversation with my friend and artist Candice Pack, who paints under the nome-de-brush "Mari".  Mari's intriguing abstract work will be on display at 464 Gallery (464 Amherst St. Buffalo NY) in her solo show: Brainwashed, An Abstract Interpretation of Color Psychology.

Acrylic on canvass
by Mari Pack
Ms. Pack is from originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but moved to Syracuse NY to attend Syracuse University  2001.  She's a relative new comer to Buffalo, and has only been here for about 2 years. However, she tells me that she has been pleasantly surprised at the growing and active art scene here in Buffalo. I'm sure, this has everything to do with how active she's become here. Mari is currently serving as a board member of the ELAB (Emerging Leaders in Arts Buffalo), she is also a coordinator for this groups annual City of Night event.  I've seem her and her colorful and lively work at a number of art festivals and fairs in the region.  She maybe new to the area, but she's jumped right in to the art and artist scene here.

Acrylic on canvass
by Mari Pack
My first questions for artist is usually this: Do you consider yourself an artist? Mari answered with an immediate and resounding "YES!"  What makes her an artist, "That's my passion!"  She tells me that blank walls
and canvasses inspire her.

"You don't have to make a living at it to be an artist," she explains,"because most of us can't."

When asked if she has traditional art training she told me she hadn't, well maybe a little. She got into art school, specifically graphic design at Syracuse University, but later transferred to their business school.   Mari continued her art on her own, "learning by trial and error, from art books, and testing different materials."

Acrylic on canvass
by Mari Pack
As always, I'm interested in how art crosses boundaries, and sits in the in between spaces of genres and disciplines. Mari takes a lot of her inspiration from science, especially the psychology; she's likes to explore how the brain processes color. Pay attention to the titles of her paintings: Earth, Air, and Water. You can tell her body of work is  about the what ancient scientist thought were the basic elements of the universe.  She tells that the art-science boundary has always fascinated artist and scientist.
"Leonardo da  Vinci crossed this line, cosmology is visually creative, ... Scientist want to know everything and artist want to express everything."
"Projection of Energy"
Acrylic on canvass
by Mari Pack
So, how does this painter approach a blank canvass? Many of us got to visit her studio and see her poured paint method at her North Buffalo studio at last months ARTLab art critique. Even if it is unplanned, it is anything but random.
"I pick color before composition, its the first thing I'm drawn too."
The first thing you'd notice about this artist is her energy and passion for art. She manages to translate that exact energy and passion to the canvass. She asked the attendants of last month's open art critique,"How do these colors make you feel?" My answer,"ALIVE"

Please come see Candice (Mari) Pack
s latest work:  Brainwashed, An Abstract Interpretation of Color Psychology, the show opens with a reception Friday March 14, 2014  @  464 Gallery, 464 Amherst St., Buffalo NY. Exhibition on view through March 23, 2014 See the Brainwashed: Facebook Event Page.

Monday, December 9, 2013

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


 I spent a little time tidying up my ETSY shop today. I should have been painting. My procrastination is your gain.

Fall Clearance sale 30% off everything in the store!

Use coupon code: F13CLEARANCESALE at checkout!

If you were wondering that mean that you can get a matted print for like $12.60, seriously people buy art, it will make you happy.

Friday, August 30, 2013

My Painting Mailed to Me

My artwork, mailed to me!
Imagine my surprise when one of my FaceBook friends mentioned that they saw my painting on the Buffalo Art Studio fall flier. I got the flier yesterday and hadn't noticed myself. It was such a thrill to see my artwork imprint. This isn't even the finished piece!

I have taken several of the classes there from Tom Rojek he's an excellent teacher and I would recommend any other classes to Buffalo's professional and aspiring artists. The link below is to their fall schedule.Buffalo Arts Studio 2013 Fall Classes

"The Streets Were Wet"
 I've featured this painting (its actually three) on a previous blog post:  "Painting Again" and I posted some of my progress on my FaceBook page KLyPT Little Crafts and Other Things

I'm hoping that a lot of people see and like my painting. But even more importantly, this is a huge inspiration to keep painting. All of the holiday markets and member shows and art fairs are coming up and I desperately want to have more work by then. What a better reminder from the universe than one of my own works-in-progress showing up in the mail.

Ok fellow artist, what gets you off your dupa and painting/ creating again?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

City of Night Success!

I'm sorry it took so long to post this, I ended up leaving for a trip just after. I wish I had taken more pictures but it really was a wonderful project and event. I can only thank coordinators Dana Saylor and Marissa Lehner for all their hard work, and a special thanks to my co-conspirator Ron Shaw.

If any of you managed to snap a few shots of my project or any of the other work, please share. He's a quick peak at the whole event if you missed it!

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