Sunday, May 27, 2007

May 27 - Carlito's Corner

“We plan on changing the landscape for ten days!” This is how Carlito responds when asked how he feels about going to Toronto for the live artistic event as part of the 10-day Luminato Festival. “Toronto is a prime example of multicultural diversity and a great platform of multi-media, and this event will promote the interaction between creative worlds.”

Regardless of the anticipation and excitement that Carlito expresses, he is nonetheless faced with certain challenges. “Painting is normally a private exchange between me and the canvas. Being in a creative state with people all around makes you vulnerable, even when you don’t want to be.” The artist manages to draw from the positive of such an experience by filtering all the emotions of his viewers, and allowing this to influence and even change his painting.

Does he find it a little nerve-wracking to be painting off a scaffolding that will be suspended by the side of the Germain Hotel? As a self proclaimed Gypsy, Carlito finds inspiration from stepping out of his comfort zone. Having painted alongside anything from monks to tribal groups, the artist finds his greatest enjoyment in creating when he is one with nature and its elements. “I welcome all of nature into my art, like when sand from the beach blows onto my canvas, it becomes part of the vision.”

With the last details to prepare before departing for Toronto, I asked Carlito if he felt nervous about this impressive undertaking. “Yes, it’s like taking a risk. Being sure yet unsure, but I plan on taking that energy and transforming it into creative power. In the end, I’m more excited because I’ll be diving into an ocean of color!”

Inspire Carlito with one of your experiences on taking a risk, stepping out of your comfort zone and realizing your greatest potential.

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