Ambition

photo (4)A little ambition never hurt anyone…. right?

I said that…and then I started painting. I have painted almost every single day since January 1st. If I wasn’t painting, I was at the art store, or making a homemade canvas, or even thinking about my next art piece. It has been an exhausting (almost 4 weeks) but I wouldn’t take any minute back! I have learned so much about myself in the past few weeks and even so much about my art. I didn’t think it was possible to create ~30 works of art in 30 days…well, to be honest with you, it’s not. Not with a full-time job.

I thought I could create 30 but then I rehashed my idea. Do I really NEED TO? NO. I just needed enough for my show. I did a walk-through at the Ritz about a week after I decided to do my solo show. I knew exactly what I wanted to do but I wasn’t sure how many I would actually do. The Ritz can’t hold 30..unless I create smaller works of art. In the beginning, they were small, but then the size restricted where I wanted to go with my theme. So, the next day, I made bigger canvases and even returned the small ones I had bought to exchange them for larger ones. Then, I had close to 25 blank canvases. What did I do? I sort of panicked..and then I picked up a paintbrush and went to work.

30in30

loveSo this month, I have agreed to something far more challenging then I have ever had to face. I agreed to have a solo exhibition and it freaks me out! I am pretty excited to undertake this project but at the same time, I have to paint roughly 30 paintings in 30 days. The question is, is it possible? I mean, anything is possible but can I have the discipline in order to do this?

I started this journey on January 1, 2014. I spent the entire day thinking of themes that I could work with. After much deliberation, I think I’m going to try to focus on love; the exploration of love. At first, I considered also the exploitation of love as well, but after a few days, I think it’s just going to be love. So far, I’ve gone out and bought most of the canvas material that I will need in order to undergo this project. I will start by using colors that I normally don’t use. I want to explore a new palette of colors and go from there. From until the end of January, I’ll be painting!

~Carolina

Parallax AF Exhibition

v29_ge_1The Prince George’s ballroom in New York City is such a grand and exquisite place so it forms the perfect backdrop to my upcoming exhibition at the Parallax AF non-art fair. Non-art fair?! Yup – it’s a non-art fair because it’s a unique place where artists can dare to display work that is not “commercial” and be themselves. I’m really excited to be displaying my artwork outside the DC area in the Big Apple alongside some international artists as well as art historian Dr. Chris Barlow.

Art fairs tend to be stuffy, commercialized venues where the public is introduced to artists that display their work which most of the time is “safe.” (Please someone, anyone! Buy my still-life of a bowl of fruit! It goes great in your living room.) I don’t paint fruit nor do I construct my still-life’s as if I was in a classroom. I paint what I see, I paint what I feel. Barlow states that “My research in deconstruction has showed it is very hard to say this particular object has a theme, this one doesn’t have a theme… This is what the fair is trying to raise awareness of.” Some of my artwork has nothing to do with each other. Sometimes, it does. It doesn’t always have to. For me, the idea of my art is to create. For fun, I paint landscapes. Why not? I love the ocean and I never get to see enough of it so I paint where I want to be or more “commercially” in this sense. The representation of what I’ve created is up to the viewer. My pieces are meant to bring you into a state of happiness. I paint with raw emotion and bright colors to evoke my audience a sense of contentment. I realize that for some, too much color is just too much and I’m ok with that. Instead of contentment, I invoke chaos in them. Yes – I was told that I use too much color. I’m not trying to please everyone. I’m just trying to please myself.

For more information about the 2013 Parallax Art Fair May 11-12th:  http://www.parallaxaf.com. Maybe I will see you there. Come take a look at our contradictions to commercial art.

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Nancy Carolina Flores

I'm a visual artist that is only limited by the colors of the rainbow. I have painted on large plywood, painted on canvases, painted large murals in homes, and have even dabbled in the art of body painting. I try to never let anything stand in my way and continue to let my ambition steer me towards my vision.

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