Abstract Geometric Art in Pink Frame – “The Living Room” – Art for Christmas Sale

Abstract Geometric Art in Pink Frame – “The Living Room” – Art for Christmas Sale

The Living Room - Geometric Modern Art Ariznoa FIne Artist Skye Lucking Pink Frame

The Living Room – Geometric Modern Art Arizona FIne Artist Skye Lucking Pink Frame

I was listening to a “This American Life” episode titled “The Living Room” while creating this modern geometric art piece in a pink frame.

I have some lovely framed originals that would make great holiday gifts for a forever home! This framed original is titled “The Living Room” – 9.25 x 11.25 inches in a painted pink frame. On the inside of the glass, I’ve added ink to give the image a 3rd dimension. I’ve been playing with adding dimension in my works and this was one of the first experiments!  Send me a DM if you’re interested!
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Chinoiserie Mural Project

Chinoiserie Mural Project

Installed last week, these Chinoiserie panels were created using stencils in the Chinoiserie style. Chinoiserie is the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, especially in the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature, theatre, and music. At first, the client wanted the stencils in white. However, after the initial painting, she decided she wanted them in the colors of her interior design motif of turquoise, blue, green, lavender, and purple. I’m so glad she went that direction! It turned out beautifully. This project was so important to me as an artist. See why below!

I was overjoyed to install this 3-panel “mural” project last week. The first inquiry about it came to me a week after being laid-off from my corporate job last year when I was in a whirlwind of “what next?” and considering both a full-time job as an artist or another corporate job or the like. Aside from the encouragement from my amazing hubs, this out-of-the-blue project request was one of the things that gave me the courage to start the most creative, fulfilling, curious, exhausting, and fun years of my life. It was the proverbial “sign from the universe”!

This client was a dream client – with a beautiful style, funny sense of humor, and adorable pup. She said she was fine with me doing other projects if I needed to while working in her’s which gave me the opportunity to do the Phoenix Mural Project. Now, this project is done- she’s delighted and I have bittersweet feelings about not having those birds hanging around my house. I am so glad I made the choice I did, scary as it was, to devote my life to my own creative process plus spotlighting the creative geniuses all around with @youarecourageous. These silvery panels were at the start of it all!

If you’d like to work with me on a mural or wall decor project of your own – check out my Murals page for more information!

Chinoiserie stencil wall hanging.

Chinoiserie Wall Decor mural project by Arizona Muralist and Fine Artist – Skye Lucking

 

Chinoiserie stencil wall hanging.

Chinoiserie Wall Decor mural project by Arizona Muralist and Fine Artist – Skye Lucking.

 

Chinoiserie stencil wall hanging.

Chinoiserie Wall Decor mural project by Arizona Muralist and Fine Artist – Skye Lucking.

Chinoiserie stencil wall hanging.

Chinoiserie Wall Decor mural project by Arizona Muralist and Fine Artist – Skye Lucking.

Chinoiserie stencil wall hanging.

Chinoiserie Wall Decor mural project by Arizona Muralist and Fine Artist – Skye Lucking.

Chinoiserie stencil wall hanging.

Chinoiserie Wall Decor mural project by Arizona Muralist and Fine Artist – Skye Lucking.

Hava Java – Interview with Curator Melissa Elias

Hava Java – Interview with Curator Melissa Elias

Hava Java – Interview with Curator Melissa Elias

Hava Java (https://havajavacoffee.com/) is the local coffee shop literally around the corner from us on 32nd and Camelback in Phoenix, AZ. I was thrilled to be the featured artist for their rotating exhibits – you can see my work there until September 8th, 2017! 

I wanted to get a little background on the who, why, and how of Hava Java’s rotating artist feature so I asked their curator, Melissa Elias, if I may interview her. Find out what brought her into the curatorial space as well as her own artistic history and path below. Plus – have a look at my work hanging up in this wonderful cozy little coffee shop. 

Melissa Elias – Curator for Hava Java Coffee House (2017)

How long have you worked at Hava Java?
I have been working at Hava Java for two years now.

When did you start curating the artwork?
I took over curating the artwork at Hava in January 2017. The previous lady that was
in-charge of it moved on to other projects and it left the position open to in-house
employees or outside hire. Since I was already going to school for Fine Arts and taking
charge of a space as curator would be an impressive addition to my professional
resume, I expressed my interest to Lance, the manager at the time, to take over that
responsibility. I remember he was incredibly pleased to hire someone within and that it
was none other than me!

 How did you get interested in art and curation?
It’s a very curious question.
My passion for art has been engrained in me for as long as I can remember. Oddly
enough, I would say that it wasn’t much of a choice but more of a natural ability that I
was fortunate enough to be blessed with. Even though I will have to admit that I
became self-aware of it and began polishing these abilities by age 14! I always had
this innate inclination to the arts, but as I grew older and became more aware of the
struggles in life, I realized that a career in Fine Arts would not necessarily make me
skyrocket in the economic spectrum.

So I opted for Languages and Translation with a focus in Spanish, (I am a true fanatic
of travel, accents, languages, cultures, traditions, and communication) but that didn’t
last very long since I knew I wasn’t whole-heartedly invested in it.
So I made another bold move and finally decided to try to make something out of art
by applying to ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Art Education
Program. This soon made me realize that I had been going around the one thing that
made sense to me, which was painting and making art. So I slowly transitioned to the
final move and made it into the Painting program at Herberger.

As far as curating, I have been actively involved in art shows and art festivals with my
friends back home in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico and San Luis, AZ (I
come from a very small bordertown 30min south of Yuma) for some years now through their foundation Consciencia Colectiva which aims to promote an active art movement in our town. 
I moved to Phoenix three years ago, I was a founder, main curator, and created the
logo of the booming Art Gallery/Bar and Lounge, “La Galería,” in Mexico. I think my
passion for art naturally lapsed over to curatorship and recruiting talented artists in
order to help them expose their work and become more involved in the art scene.

La Galería Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10000961591811

What do you look for when finding artists for the shop?
Specifically geared towards Hava Java, I look for artists whose work is leaned towards
the PG-13 spectrum. Being that is a family coffee house, I am conscious of the kids
and parents that walk into the shop and I always want to make sure that what is on the
walls will not be offensive, vulgar, violent, political, etc…

I don’t want to make anybody uncomfortable through art; I want people to actually enjoy what is on the walls and potentially invest in the amazing work that artists make. With that in mind, I’ve realized that the work that makes more sense for such a small warm coffee house are large, colorful, fun pieces that makes our guest stop and take notice of them!

Who have been some of your favorite artists that you’ve put up?
I respect and admire all of the artists that I have exhibited at Hava Java. There are some, though, that I completely melt over:
Natalie Strait https://www.instagram.com/nectarine_art/
Papay Solomon https://www.instagram.com/papaysolomon/
And you Skye, of course!  There are still plenty of new artists that I have my eye on to showcase at Hava Java. All in due time! 

Where can we find you on the web?
Website: https://www.melossart.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/melossart

A BIG thank you to Hava Java for supporting local artists and Melissa Elias for the interview. 

My Artwork AS the August Featured Artist at Hava Java 

 

 

 

Everything All At Once – a 4x6ft Painting in Process

Everything All At Once – a 4x6ft Painting in Process

I’d gotten a large (4x6ft) canvas last summer that was literally collecting dust on my wall. I finally made the time to put a design on it! I started a new audiobook “Everything All at Once” by Bill Nye. This is what I listened to while drawing this design – so I thought it apt to title my painting that as well. Shout out to Bill Nye! He’s saving the world y’know? 

Everything All At Once – BnW from Skye Lucking on Vimeo.

I’ll update this post when I’ve started the painting process. I can’t wait!!

That Time I Failed in Front of Everyone I Knew…

That Time I Failed in Front of Everyone I Knew…

Trapped and Miserable

A funny thing about our apartment in Argentina – you had to have a separate key to get into the building and another to enter the apartment door (both of which locked automatically), but you also had to use a third key to get *out* of the building.  

Picture me on June 6th, 2012. My Kickstarter campaign was set to end that evening and not end well. Charlie, my ever supportive partner and some-times therapist, had his luthiery class, so he wasn’t home. He offered to stay, but I said I could suffer the defeat alone. 

By alone, I realized, I didn’t mean *totally* alone. I decided that I wanted to have some tall company – by that I mean a **Quilmes Stout. This flavor of decision always comes with a ‘should I, shouldn’t I?’ debate. Classic angel and devil shoulder sitting and all that. Devil won and won so hard I rushed out the door before the angel had time to talk sense. Rushed out with out my wallet I realized while I was in the hallway. Rushed out..with out my keys. 

Since Buenos Aires is in the southern-hemi, it’s cold in June. Especially cold if you’re wimpy about cold and you’re trapped in a hallway, no way to get in to your apartment and no way to get out of the building to a coffee shop. 

This is the part where I sat and ugly cried in the stairwell. It was the point where my miserable surroundings matched my miserable mood. It also gave me a solid stretch of time to think about what went wrong with my Kickstarter campaign. The campaign that failed in front of everyone I knew.

Reasons for A Failed Kickstarter Campaign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. I wasn’t Molly Crabapple. (aka – The “Hey if they can do it, so can I!” fallacy. )
    • At the start of this whole Kickstarter business for me was brilliant Molly Crabapple. Her Kickstarter for “Molly Crabapple’s Week in Hell” was the blueprint for my own. She locked herself in a hotel room for 5 days, covering the walls with paper, and then covering the paper with art. Her goal was $4500. She got $25,805! 
    • The concept was the same, but the people were decidedly NOT. I’m very, very pleased to be Skye Lucking, make no mistake, but I am no Molly Crabapple! Ms. Crabapple is/was a full-time artist working in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, NY. She’d started an art school called Mr. Sketchy’s. She had several successful art shows…well, you get the idea. In researching this blog, I see she’s grown an even more impressive portfolio. Go Molly Crabapple! Always an inspiration. 
    • Bottom line – Kickstarter success is very much about the network you already have. Don’t mistake the fact that you have a similar concept as another person to mean you have a similar circumstance or chance for success. 
  2. Math (aka – I didn’t know my numbers.)
    • It’s not that I’m bad at math. I’m fine at math. I’m no Dr. Frances Allen but I’m fine. It’s more that I can’t seem to be bothered with figuring out the numbers until I realize that not figuring out the numbers is a HUGE bother. 
    • I wasn’t sure how much it would be to ship out some of my prizes from Buenos Aires, Argentina to my backers. I wasn’t sure exactly how much the materials would cost. I wasn’t sure if I’d lose a great deal of money or walk away with a nice chunk of change. I didn’t know and couldn’t be bothered. So – I just padded the amount I was asking for. By…um..a kind of ridiculous amount: $7,654. 
    • Why $7,654? That’s a great question! Answer? Red wine and hubris. Also, not knowing my numbers. 
  3. “What to do tonight? I know! I’ll cruise around a crowdfunding site to find strangers whose projects I can back!” – Said no one ever.  (aka – I didn’t realize how reliant success was on friends, family, and acquaintances.)
    • At the end of the day – my Kickstarter was just a way for me to have an amazing good time just before leaving the movable fiesta that was Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    • In my mind I was giving people this wonderful opportunity to be part of an event. I imagined this fun intense whirlywind of art and collaboration – finished off with the shipping out of my work that everyone was eager to get. 
    • It wasn’t to start a business. It wasn’t going for a good cause. It was just to fund my great arty adventure. Those who backed it probably weren’t excited to get that piece of art. They were excited to show me support and love. Keep this in mind when you’re deciding if you really want to go down the crowdfunding road. 
  4. A super long, super cutesy, super cringe-worthy video. (aka – I didn’t keep my video short and sweet.)
    • That video, tho. I’m going to be honest. This right here is why I’ve never written about my failed Kickstarter campaign.  I realize now, 5 years hence, that I was trying to woo some stranger into giving me money for my art. I was trying to be charming. I was trying to be cute and it is very, very obvious. Cloying even. For FIVE minutes. Frankly, it is embarrassing. However, we struggle through vulnerability to come out stronger on the other side. So, here it is. Feel free not to watch it all. 
  5. Total Preparation Time Was Not Enough (aka: I didn’t research my market, potential media options, how it would ‘work’ if I did get backing…) 
    • As I said, I didn’t really do the math. However, there was more to it than that. For example, I had a solid group of arty friends in Buenos Aires who wanted to support the campaign…and they were not able to. Kickstarter used Amazon Web Services (or something like that) which was completely unavailable for use by people in all of Argentina. So, that was an awkward setback. I had more than a few people say that they tried to back the campaign – and they just couldn’t. Doh!
    • I was begging to get interviews and press during the campaign – instead of researching the best podcasts or ezines or what have you to be in well before. Don’t do this. It’s kind of a pathetic exercise. 

Reasons Why I’m So Glad My Kickstarter Failed

In the end – it was likely a blessing that my Kickstarter Campaign failed. I’m not sure how it’d have all gone down had I actually gotten that cash and needed to fill 27 feet of canvas, cut it up, and organized shipping for all of the pieces. Also, it would have been hella stressful given we were preparing a big international move back to the US. 

More than that – I was so heartened by those that were supportive of me. Also, I made note of those folks for whom I shouldn’t look for support. The concept that I really need to know those numbers was reinforced (constantly so). The understanding of who I do and do not want to portray myself as was made clearer. This is all very useful information. 

It’s good to fail. I know that isn’t what our ‘winning’ societal message is these days, but winning takes some failing beforehand, no matter how good you are. You fail when you get a rejection letter from a publisher. You fail when you hear nothing back from a retail shop you’ve sent your catalog to. You fail when a painting doesn’t quite work. Does this mean you stop? No. You change your approach. You learn from your mistakes. You fail some more – until – you don’t. 

There is a large part of this story left unwritten – and that’s a renewed gratitude to those that helped me in this process – Charlie, Beatrice, Haje, Vivi, and all of those that backed it. Thank you for believing in me back then. Thank you for believing in me now. 

**Bonus Surreal Video: Quilmes Stout Commercial

Why Representative Ilhan Omar is Important (Videos)

Why Representative Ilhan Omar is Important (Videos)

Representative Ilhan Omar in Minnesota House 

Portrait of Minnesota House Representative Ilhan Omar by Skye Lucking.

Portrait of Minnesota House Representative Ilhan Omar by Skye Lucking.

It was tough times between November and January in terms of political feeling. I was (and still am) energized and ready to take action when and where I could. If art was associated with that action – all the better. One of the opportunities I had was to donate artwork to the “Nasty Women – Phoenix Unite” Art Show. My idea was to look for the positive and I identified 3 Notable Women that gave me hope and inspired my action.  You can read more about that here. 

One of those notable women was Ilan Omar. 

Ilhan Omar is the newly elected, Minnesota House Representative for District 60B. She is the first Somali-American, Muslim woman in the nation to hold an office at this level. After the start of the Somali civil war in 1991, she and her family left the country and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.

I was so pleased to see that Representative Omar was a guest on The Daily Show last night. She’s one of those people you want everyone to know about. A child refugee. A Somali-American, Muslim woman. She’s strong. She’s eloquent. She’s American through and through. She’s part of a government that is increasingly hostile to those people exactly like her. She’s crushing it. 

Representative Ilhan Omar on The Daily Show (Video)

 

Time-Lapse Video of Representative Ilhan Omar Portrait

Peace comes by way of inviting and understanding those that are different from you, not blocking and hating them. This is why Ilhan Omar is important. She shows us that there is no one-type of American and that’s what makes America great.