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Shop – The Acrylic Paintings of Meighan West Explore Self & Feminism

The Acrylic Paintings of Meighan West Explore Self & Feminism

Who are you?

Meighan West. I am a woman trying to explore feminism and myself through the wonderful expression of painting.

 

What do you do?

Acrylic on canvas

 

Why did you get started?

I've painted since I was a little girl. It's how I express my curiosities.

 

Tell us about the 1st time you knew what you were doing was the way you wanted to approach your art.

I had a vision of my mural and when I finished that labor of love and pain I realized I needed to keep exploring feminism through this medium using the raw female form.

 

What are you working on right now?

A collection of varied female nudes, each pose expressing a different emotion. It's called "read my tits". So often women say read my lips because men are just looking at their bodies, with this I'm hoping people can understand what these women are saying just by looking at their bodies.

 

Describe your creative process.

I often get inspired by an image in my head that comes from whatever I'm experiencing either through my daily life, what I'm reading at the time or what I'm learning about.

 

Who is your art for? Why is it important?

My art is for feminists (male or female) who want to feel the expression of women

 

What is the hardest part about being an artist?

Finding your confidence. Every artist is different and can be considered "better", you have to believe that what you're producing is worth sharing.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be and why?

You are an artist. It is worth something. As a child art was connected to my mother and I had a very strained relationship with her so I didn't see the value in being an artist. I hid from it for a long time to distance myself from her. I should have embraced my art and lived in it, through it, as I do now.

 

Why is art and creativity important for the community at large?

It brings beauty and self-expression to everyone. Even those who don't feel they can express themselves in artistic ways can feel connected and represented through other peoples art.

 

 

Have you had to deal with isolation, mental illness, and/or homelessness? What did you learn from your experience?

I have self-isolated. I grew up with a traumatized mother which made me feel like I couldn't connect with people because no one would understand me. I went through therapy and worked through a lot of my childhood issues which allowed me to let in the incredible people in my life and find ways to accept love and happiness. It's a long, maybe never-ending process but it's worth it be able to fully experience the beauty in your life.

#TAAP6 – Ray Art, Zoe Bu & Art in the AM. Toronto Artists Win Unicorn Awards

Toronto Artists Win Unicorn Awards

Hello, world!

The Unicorn Awards were introduced for #TAAP5 as a way for peers, industry insiders, and the CUTO Creative team to recognize and vote for those who have a positive influence on our creative community.

The categories included best dressed (cosplay is encouraged), best setup, and best live painter.

Click here – to see The Unicorn Awards 2018

 

 

All Year Round

The goal is to expand the integration of the Unicorn Awards beyond just the event heading into #TAAP6. We want to award unicorns who interact with us through social media, projects, and through our event.

This year we'll be handing out numerous awards. There will be some returning from the previous events as well as some new ones.

Click here - for more info about #TAAP6

 

Unicorn of the Month

One of those new awards is Unicorn of the Month.

Unicorn of the Month is based on the interviews we publish on CUTO Marketplace. It is designed to highlight trending artists. Trending on CUTO is based on accumulated volume (Volume = Page views, sales, shares, likes, and comments).

 

Unicorn of the Month

Below is a list of all our trending artists between June and April 2019.

June – The Passionate Art of Ray

 

 

June starts with the Passionate Art of Ray, who has been one of the most visited artists in our marketplace since he was published.

Another popular artist is the bold and vibrant Alex Leon.

The interdimensional art of Cynthia Van Leeuwen rounds off the top 3,

immediately followed by creative directors Helena Una George

and The multidisciplinary art of Gail Braith.

In June,

Creative Entrepreneurs also used resources to

analyze a business opportunity,

how to network online and offline,

and 10 places to submit art

 

May -- The Intuitive Fluid Abstract Paintings of Tokoroii

 

The abstract painting journal of Tokoroii had the most volume in May. Zoe Bu identifies as a gender-fluid, pan-romantic demisexual and gives us one of the most insightful interviews in our marketplace.

Raymond Art,

Helen Una George,

and Art in the AM roundup May with the most volume for that month.

In May Unicorns also brushed up on their skills in our articles like:

9 best supply stores,

5 success principals,

5 rehearsal spaces,

social media advice,

and how to create murals in Toronto.

 

April - Art in the AM wins April

 

Art in the AM was published last year on August 23rd and has remained a popular artist ever since; she wins her Unicorn Award this year!

April 2019 is rounded up by creative director Helen Una George,

Ray Art,

Cynthia Van Leeuwen,

and Desire Betty who was also published last year.

In April, creative entrepreneurs also read up on

success principles for artists,

supply stores

and rehearsal spaces in Toronto,

social media advice,

and a service provide by Paula Cowan; the 80/20 rule of job searching.

 

Shop – The Sculptures & Paintings of Andrew Lindell

Shop - The Sculptures & Paintings of Andrew Lindell

 

Who are you? (Bio) 

I have been building and dreaming since birth. Influenced by great aunt and uncle who had a collection of Canadian abstract art collection from the 60’s and 70’s. Work as a scenic master carpenter in film. In early 20’s I lived in Arviat Nunavut for two years. I believe art can enrich and has healing properties. I have work in the U S and Canada. Manulife art collection.

 

What do you do? Clearly define your medium or what service(s) you provide.

Sculpture and paint

 

Why did you get started?

Therapy

 

Tell us about the 1st time you knew what you were doing was the way you wanted to approach your art.

Doris Mccarthy said if you want an interesting life become an artist.

 

What are you working on right now? (anything you have coming up!)

I’m working with caribou antlers, wood, and graphite. I am going to Nunavut to collaborate with artists there. Bring awareness to the awesome culture the Inuit have.

 

Describe your creative process?

I am trying new techniques every day. I am a master carpenter at age 59. So I use what is available to me from the scenic film world which I have been working in for the last 20 years. Lately, I have treated CNC castoffs from films such as It and Shazam with Charvin oils to produce abstract art.

 

Who is your art for? Why is it important?

I will be in the AGO and National gallery one day but my art is for everyone who loves color and form to enhance their life. My art brings awareness to our vital times and creates a contemplative dialogue.

 

 

What is the hardest part about being an artist?

Rejection. Try and try again

 

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be and why?

Stay in school

 

If you had to pitch a collaborative project to the community, what would it be?

An exchange program with Inuit and Aboriginal artists from Australia.

 

What is one thing you'd like to fix in the art community?

Stop wasting resources

 

Why is art and creativity important for the community at large?

It fosters a positive approach to life

 

 

Have you had to deal with isolation, mental illness, and/or homelessness? What did you learn from your experience?

I had an eating and anxiety disorder. I learned that life is a state of mind

 

What are your views on isolation, homelessness, and mental illness in the arts community?

Art is therapeutic

 

What are some steps artists can take to cope with isolation, homelessness, mental illness?

There are many resources to choose your path. Be courageous and ask for help

 

Shop online

For more Andrew Lindell Art on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/lindellart/

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/adlindell/

Shop – Bold & Vibrant: Paintings by Alex Leon

PAINTINGS BY ALEX LEON!

Use 5 keywords to describe your art/medium:

BOLD, BRIGHT, VIBRANT, STRANGE, SURREAL!

 

Who are you? (Bio)

Toronto based artists working hard at creating the paintings YOU want made YOUR WAY! EVERY SINGLE DAY!

 

What do you do? Clearly define your medium or what service(s) you provide.

I provide everyday men and women with paintings, drawings and murals to fit their visual needs! For fair, affordable prices!

 

Why did you get started?

I got started because I felt it was my duty to provide an affordable art service to regular hard working people who are in need of an artwork that speaks to them.

 

Tell us about the 1st time you knew what you were doing was the way you wanted to approach your art.

When I sold my first few paintings and the buyers had a very positive and satisfied reaction to the works! It touched my heat and I knew that it was my destiny and purpose.

 

What are you working on right now? 

BIG MURALS!

Describe your creative process.

My creative process involves a lot of visual research and taking the time to look over a work for several hours to see what it needs, and what it doesn't.

 

Who is your art for? Why is it important?

My art is for the everyday man and woman who do not necessarily know a lot about art but share a passion for creativity and beauty.

 

What is the hardest part about being an artist?

Making a decent dollar while doing what you enjoy.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be and why?

Do not get caught up in silly jobs that are useless and meaningless to your true life purpose.

 

If you had to pitch a collaborative project to the community, what would it be?

I personally do not do collaborative projects as my art is a very independent process. I have my own very individualized approach to my passion. A big reason why I create art in the first place is because it is my own self expression without the collaboration of another artistic source. I like my own independence and freedom.

 

What is one thing you'd like to fix in the art community?

I would like to see less of the extreme political art as for me art is about achieving something aesthetically pleasing and beautiful and less about shoving your opinions down someone's throat.

 

Why is art and creativity important for the community at large?

Art is very important because it provides people in a community with an outlet for creativity and self expression. If one cannot express themselves through art, they may feel the need to express themselves through anger, violence and abuse. Which is extremely unhealthy and dangerous.

 

Have you had to deal with isolation, mental illness, and/or homelessness? What did you learn from your experience?

I personally have never dealt with any of these issues but I strongly feel for the homeless as I do often think about the struggles they face in their every day life.

 

What are your views on isolation, homelessness, and mental illness in the arts community?

Very important to seek help when needed and indulge in positive hobbies and activities! Occupy your time with healthy outlets for creativity and self expression.

 

What are some steps artists can take to cope with isolation, homelessness, mental illness?

Nurture relationships with friends, peers, colleagues and family. As they can be turned to when you go through hardships and difficulties in your life.

 

What is your Facebook Url?

alex_leon_art

 

What is your Facebook Url?

https://www.facebook.com/PaintingsbyAlexLeon/

 

Shop – Black Love: The Passionate Art of Ray

 

Who are you?
Ewart Raymond (Art Ray) or just simply Ray. 
 
 
What do you do?
I produce and sell original artworks. I also sell canvas prints, paper prints, and framed paper prints of various sizes, etc.
 
 
Why did you get started?
I was always creating art. When I was young I wanted to replicate what I saw and to make it perfect. When I became an adult, the art I made was to speak to me from the walls as a form of motivation. I now create the same type of art using different elements that continue to speak to me as well as others. 
 
 

Describe your creative process?
Most of my creations are based around couples, intimacy, families, and love. I mainly work from references. I then add my own twist to make them into what I see in my head. I use mostly acrylics, some oils, and some pastels to bring my creations to life. 

 

Who is your art for? Why is it important?
My art is mainly for adults, but I also create pieces that are family oriented which are for all people. I use my art to speak to the mundane aspects, as well as the metal aspects because both aspects are important to us as human beings.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything what would it be and why?
I would tell my younger self to create more and to try and reach as many people as possible. I would also tell my younger self to be interactive with proactive and productive people, predominantly.

 

 

What are you working on right now?
I am currently working on finishing up a few pieces on families. I am also working on some pieces of couples that show intimacy, love vibrations, and connectivity.

 

What are your views on homelessness and mental illness in the arts community?
A home is what houses you and your body, and all your creations. Homelessness is a big issue and it shouldn't be based on all the wealth in the world but nevertheless, it is a huge problem. Mental health is very important since the mind drives the body, and if your mental state is affected, then you cannot advance as you would expect. I think art plays a very important role in soothing the minds of most individuals. It can bring about a calmness from everyday chaos.

 

What is your Instagram (or portfolio/shop) Url? *

my website is

raycreate.com

and my Instagram is

@raycreatesart

 

 

Shop – Artist, Creative Director, Graphic Designer Helen Una George

 

Helen Una George is an Artist and Creative Director, specializing in brand and business development. Helen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and Diploma in Advanced Graphic Design and spent most of her design career focused on corporate branding and marketing, and working on business development projects with high profile companies and individuals. As a freelancer, her design projects range from logo creation to directing full brand ideation and execution with a specialty in working with start-ups and small businesses. As a painter, she experiments with organic forms along with geometric shapes and works primarily in acrylic. Helen’s overall style is known to be minimal, linear and monochromatic, and carries this style throughout her paintings as well as her designs.

 

What do you do?
I am an Artist, Creative Director and Graphic Designer

 

Why did you get started?
Art has always been my passion, since I was a child. My mother was also an artist and graphic designer. Much of my education is centered around design, and after working in the corporate world for much of my career, I quit and am now pursuing art and design full time.

 

What are you working on right now?
I am working on a painting as part of my 'Cube' series, as well as several client gigs.

 

Describe your creative process?
I have 3 Phases, and these phases are carried through each and every project I take on. Phase I: Conceptualize Phase II: Develop Phase II: Execute

 

Who is your art for? Why is it important?
Very cliche; however I absolutely love making the world prettier. My art is for that, and for myself.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything what would it be and why? *
Go with your gut!

 

What are your views on homelessness, mental health in the arts community?
Homelessness: A very important issue in my books. For Christmas, we gathered three families and drop off care packages to the homeless downtown. The packages were snacks, Tim Horton's cards, sock, winter gear and a towel, assembled in backpacks. We skipped gift-giving to fund this initiative. Mental Health: Another important issues. I suffer from a mental disorder and my art is my therapy (supplementing my REAL therapy). In light of CAMH's current campaign, I started a virtual online auction called Our One Brave Night (www.ouronebravenight.com). Arts Community: I am mind-blown by the support between artists, creatives, and clients in the arts community. It is awesome to come across platforms such as this!

 

What is your Instagram (or portfolio/shop) Url? *

Website

www.helenunageorge.com

Instagram

Helenunageorge

 

Community Memberships

Service – Do You Know The 80/20 Rule of Job Searching?

Job hunting is grueling and draining and it's easy to fall into the trap of simply submitting applications on Indeed or similar platforms. But when the results are not there, what other options are available? 
 
Would you believe considerably more?
 
What if I told you that 80 per cent of jobs are not advertised and that I tell my clients not to spend more than 20% of their time applying for advertised jobs. The rest of your time needs to spent finding the backdoor. 
 
My latest service package covers exactly HOW to do that.  
 
Ideal for someone thinking of quitting but staying put due to lack of perceived options.

Job Search 80/20 package you will learn the research, reconnaissance necessary to build and leverage your network and uncover opportunities hidden from traditional search means. 

What to expect

  • You will learn the research, reconnaissance necessary to build and leverage your network and uncover opportunities hidden from traditional search means. 
  • In the first of 3 strategy sessions (of 45 minutes each) we will review and evaluate your current job search tactics, networking efforts and results. 
  • We will then discuss the starting points for lines of inquiry and best ways to reach out and expand.
  • At the end of each session, you will be issued a list of action items and asked to complete it before our next meeting. This may include but will not be limited to, journalling themes, research of industries, businesses, strategic contacts, networking groups etc.
     
  • Second and Third sessions will consist of reviewing your progress and results of your previous action list modifying as needed.  

Pricing information is included in the attached service description. The package may be expanded to include Linkedin profile as well.
CSI members and CreativeUTO Members receive a 10% discount on the one-time payment.
Visit her on Facebook or on Linked In

Shop – Accountability & Leadership Workshop with Executive Coach Shieh-Chi Chen

About Executive Coach Shieh-Chi

Shieh-Chi Chen (pronounced Shee-Tzu) is the President and Owner of 2Sisters Consulting Inc. is a skilled executive coach, facilitator and organizational development consultant and has worked in Canada and internationally for Fortune 500 Companies.
 
Shieh-Chi combines her world view with a passion for valuing differences, by delivering thought provoking and results-oriented programs. She works with women, minority leaders, business owners and change agents who want to make a leadership contribution to their organizations and the world around them. She has worked with for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as three levels of government, from small and mid-sized companies to multi-nationals.
 
Through her innate ability to create trust and rapport with others, Shieh-Chi has a strategic perspective and influence that helps individuals and organizations perform better.
 

Accountability & Leadership Workshop with Executive Coach Shieh-Chi Chen

As creative people, we can sometimes get wrapped up in the business side at making our art profitable. We can feel what we want to express is behind that great wall that just can’t be accessed right now. Unfortunately, it can stop our creativity and with it, our self-expression.

You can get the opportunity to unleash your creativity and improve your bottom line by joining like-minded peers who meet on a regular basis.

Accountability 

The group will support each other to tackle challenges and celebrate wins together. It’s an opportunity to be part of a process which supports creativity, innovation and partnership. You will gain:

  • Accountability– Share goals and results and stay focused on your art,
  • Growth– Form relationships that bring exponential opportunities while gently extending the limits of your personal comfort zone,
  • Knowledge– Members from different backgrounds and businesses offer insightful contribution into potentially difficult situations,
  • Resources–Gain insights, personal guidance and introductions to elevate your business,
  • New Perspectives– Help brainstorm, innovate from new points of view and think outside the box,
  • Support– Navigate challenges and have a safe place of support,
  • Energize– Collaborate and inspire sharing so results are magnified.

Come to tackle challenges and celebrate wins together. We lean on each other, provide advice, build connections and conduct business with each other where appropriate.

Creatives Accountability Group Dates:

  • Jan 15, 23, 30
  • Feb 6, 20, 25
  • March 6, 20, 27

Note – this is not a drop in. For maximum results, schedule all meetings into your calendar. If you plan on missing more than 3 sessions, please do not apply for this program.

 

Limit 25 seats per class!

  • Smaller classes
  • Every facilitator offers a full course 
  • Courses are 3 to 5 hours per day per class
  • limited to 20 to 25 students per class
  • 2 step registration, you'll be sent a Google Form once you register
  • Course value is $395
  • Free for Unicorns Members

All transactions managed securely through Paypal

 


CUTO Fundraiser 

 


Branding Workshops for Creative Entrepreneurs

CreativeUTO has created strategic partnership with industry insiders, professionals and leaders in their fields who will provide an inclusive space where individuals can explore personal creative growth through workshops that cover different aspect of leadership, internet real estate, business development and branding. Creative Entrepreneurs will leave workshops with tools that will assist them in building strong entrepreneurship skills, reduce financial risks and position them to generate passive income while tapping in to their natural given passions.

 

Branding Workshop facilitators include:

  • Chris Do – Emmy Award Winning Business Developer
  • Michael Bole – Business Development Manager
  • Shieh Chi Chen – Executive Coach
  • Pam Butler – Hypnotherapist Communications Coach
  • Paula Cowan – Career Transition Coach
  • Lara Harb – Social Media Artists

 

 

 

 

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Shop – Creation, a Healing Process for Art in the AM

Shop - Creation, a Healing Process for Art in the AM

Who are you? (Bio)

Art in the AM: I’m a self-taught artist with a constantly evolving style, through which I experiment with contemporary and surrealist expressions. My work imbues meaning with thoughtful symbolism and eclectic archetypes into every single piece.   

Why did you get started?

Creative expression helped me recover from anxiety, insomnia, manic depression, and self-harm, which I’ve suffered with for a large portion of my life. Healing has become a strong inspiration and focus of my work, as art helps me overcome personal demons by harnessing the energy and transforming it into constructive positivity.

What do you do? (or what service do you provide?)

I create original works of art, mural design, tattoo design, album and book cover art, character design. Some mediums follow as: gouache, watercolour, graphite and charcoal, acrylic paints, and more. Presently, I offer products such as threaded patches and art prints – with apparal as a future goal in mind.

Commissions?

I am very open to new projects of any kind and love a new creative challenge! Generally, I work through traditional mediums, but I also like to experiment and develop new methods and styles.

What are you working on right now?

In order to show my work at galleries and exhibits I have beendeveloping a portfolio, with great care, highlighting themes such as mental health, personal and community growth, and rediscovering strength through passions. As a side project, I am developing comics that explore concepts of depression, which I d hope to publish and sell as books in the near future.

Drawing and creating have always been an inherent part of who I am. From the moment I could hold a crayon I have been creating. I developed mental illnesses from a young age and art became my Savior. Creative expression  is my greatest asset and helps me communicate in a healthy manner. I also simply love to create. Art is my passion, and an extension of my being.

What is your Instagram (or Portfolio) Url? *

https://www.instagram.com/art.in.the.am/

 

 

Fundraiser – Proceeds from Rachel Taunton’s Prints go to AMIQuébec

 
Very little is more pleasing to me than shipping out my art, but this little print did some good as well!
 
Rick Genest is pictured in this portrait and he recently passed away. Every press release I could find declared the death a suicide, so I donated a portion of the proceeds from this print to AMIQuébec, a mental health support system in Genest’s home province of Quebec.
 
The same will be done for any further sales of these prints.
 
Rest In Peace
 
For commissions - contact Rachel Taunton below