Why mistakes are ok

In this article, I explain why mistakes are ok (and why bullying is not).

I said no to Gucci and YSL

In 2003 I had the best job one could have. Believe me! At 23 I had a permanent contract in Italy with a good salary at a company as a photographer. Working with brands like Gucci, YSL, etc… Taking pictures… It was my dream.

I learned so much about photography and I still use this information today.

That was my first real job and it was amazing. I was still attending the Fine Arts Academy and I was working at this new company. The future seemed bright.

I was directed to go to Hamburg Germany for a special assignment for the company and Instead, I quit. You probably think I was crazy and maybe I was.

The reason why I quit was that I was bullied by my colleagues. Specifically, two of them were trying to make my life impossible. It became a nightmare every single minute I spent in the office. They didn’t want a young 23-year-old employed there in a very competitive environment. I didn’t know better at that time so I quit. And again I thought at that time it was my fault, and that I wasn't good enough for the job.

No job can pay for mental violence. Ever. On top of the brutal work environment, my seniors did not want to believe my story when I quit.

It was good to quit. I wouldn't be a full-time artist today had I not learned from those mistakes. I learned how to deal with bullies, and more specifically I realized that I was not good for permanent contracts, I never liked being employed.

 

Reverse engineering problems

If you are familiar with software engineering, there is an exact procedure to handle errors and mistakes.

Instead of trying to not make any mistake the procedure test against every possible mistake the software makes until it is better. Engineers test every mistake until it is clear what is wrong.

So if you are willing to learn, every mistake is a gem. Life is slightly different from school. In the latter, if you make a mistake you are considered wrong.

I made lots of mistakes. But I almost always think that a mistake is a wonderful occasion to learn.

It works for me

I am using this procedure to engineer my life. I make mistakes. I feel bad. I learn and I move on.

This is the only way I know that works for me. I am a much better version of myself than that little 23-year-old, thanks to all the mistakes I have made.

Disclaimer. The only real mistake is when I repeat the same mistakes over and over again and then I am not looking at it with the purpose to find out what I could have done differently.

 

I hope you liked hearing about my experience. What is your secret to dealing with mistakes in life? Are they part of your journey? Let me know in the comments section.


My Red Carpet Event at Bula Barua's Gallery in St. Pete

Before talking about this event I want to get personal. They say that every cloud has a silver lining. And that is very true for me.
2020 wasn’t probably the best year to remember. But I must admit it pushed me out of my comfort zone, in a way that I never believed would be possible.

I have a very eclectic background. Designer, marketer, and so on, but at the root, I am an artist. I studied fine art academy in Italy. Aside from my art career, I was pursuing a career as a Marketer, working full time to promote my customer’s work. This pandemic made me think about how much things can be fragile and easy to come to an end. I had to talk to myself: If not now, when? When should be the right time to live off my art? To really put me in the game? That moment of crisis drove me to a personal revival as an artist; to a personal regrow.

What seemed like an impossible dream and goal to reach was finally a reality a few weeks ago. I decided that "tomorrow" should change to a "today". My “maybes” should be changing into an “it’s happening”.

I started painting at night, on weekends, and all the time I had available in order to make it happen. Honestly, it felt so good. Being able to see that not only was again satisfied with what I was doing but also see other people being so interested and supportive of my creations gave me the bust of confidence that I needed.

I believe that art can change the world for the better, that is my motto. Without living up to my fullest potential as an artist it would be a great disgrace to myself if I didn't give it a try. My partner Stacy played a significant role in helping me make this decision to use my art to express my inner voice. And so she became my biggest influence and produced this magnificent Red Carpet event in my honor.

On Saturday, July 10, 2021, I had my first exhibition in America. This was a red carpet event to remember. I had over 150 people show up to see my art and experience my stories through my paintings.

I am honored to share that my art was extremely well-received with glowing reviews and the sale of my original watercolor portrait, Old Man Domenico. I shared the story of my inspiration behind this piece, which came from my grandfather who escaped the Army during World War II. My grandpa was so strong and as I painted his face and captured its weathered texture I recalled the fact that he had not only escaped but literally walked back to Italy from Russia!

I decided to create a collection of watercolors and especially portraits because through those techniques I could express and study the emotion of people. Conveying those emotions through art has always been my passion and to evoke strong emotions in the viewer.

Recently, I was commissioned to do a painting of the granddaughter of the buyer. This is a way for him to capture the essence of his 4-year-old and have it on his wall for the rest of his life as a beautiful memory. This is the power of art. And I would love to do the same for anyone who loves paintings!

My paintings will be in The Bula Barua Gallery until Aug 31st. You don't want to miss this exhibit! Be sure to stop by! If you aren't in the Tampa Bay Area, contact the gallery for a virtual tour via FaceTime or Zoom.


Is my artwork going to fade? How to protect artwork from damage (Canvas painting and paper)

When you purchase a painting, no matter the medium,  you are responsible for the care of it. You should have a basic knowledge of how to protect the canvas painting you just bought (especially if is an expensive piece).

No matter the medium and the support you should be aware that these elements are bad for the paintings: Direct sunlight, high temperatures, humidity (Yeah Florida I love you).  Avoid these as a general guideline.

Fading colors is a real problem. You do not want to purchase a piece of art and 15 years later barely be able to see the subject. Art is meant to have enduring value, and therefore be permanent.

 

This matter is called preservation and conservation. As an artist myself I want you to be aware of some information you should have before and after the purchase. Preservation and conservation procedures begin even before you make the purchase.

Before purchasing art

 

The artist himself should follow accepted standards that ensure maximum longevity to the artwork. Things, like not touching the paper or the canvas with bare hands, or protect the artwork with varnish and UV protection, are very important.

Make sure also that the painting is framed with a special UV acrylic plexiglass. This important element will protect your investment from damaging UV rays. Plus Plexiglas is lighter and more robust than glass.

Inquire with the artist about these procedures during the presales process.

Shipping issues

Shipping is a very delicate matter. To solve this issue, we decided to use Route App in order to give our customers a better post-purchase experience. With this app, you can track in real-time where your artwork is and solve any issues.

Plus it offers insurance coverage to financially recover from any lost items. In an extremely rare scenario.

Make sure to agree with the artist to wrap the artwork with a protective rag (Un-Buffered Archival Tissue Papers) or conservation matboard. This will help protect the artwork during shipping procedures.

After the purchase

How to protect a canvas painting once you purchase it? Once the artwork is in your hands it is your responsibility to continue the preservation process. If the canvas is rolled, do not leave it for too long wrapped. Don’t leave your art in a tube!

Pay attention to humidity. The amount of water in the air can have a huge impact on the overall health of your art.

Watch your hands. Always avoid directly touching your paintings or acrylic framing surfaces without wearing cotton gloves. If you do, you risk damaging them by exposure to your fingerprints and natural oils. To handle the canvas if is not framed and protected please use cotton gloves.

Keep your glass or acrylics clean. When cleaning the glass or acrylic panel protecting your artwork, always use a soft non-abrasive cloth or microfiber towel.

Dust —don’t clean—your paintings. If you have a unique painting that’s not behind glass or acrylic, don’t use any cleaners or solvents on the surface to clean the painting…EVER. Instead, just lightly dust off the artwork with a soft feather duster or sable brush.

 

How to archive paintings

If your goal is to store your painting you should invest in a solander box, that will help you keep your work preserved through time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

( Credits: Park West Gallery )

Conclusion

I am passionate about art. I love to share art with the World and I feel it's a vital part of life to decorate your home with beautiful art.  It is our desire as a company to make sure that we not only deliver beautiful art to you but also help you preserve these pieces for you and generations to come. I am very happy to answer any questions you may have to help you become an expert art collector.

Photo credits:  Andrew Neel, Max Vakhtbovych, Rodrigo Mendez, Ksenia Chernaya