Hey Guys !
I Can’t believe It’s December 1st already !
What A year …….
Wow wow wow
Today Our Passion Feature is On Marina Kanavaki . Painter , musician – (all around amazing human being)….
She Exudes Warmth with everything she does …..
Now let’s Get to her Answers to the very same Questions I ask every time …….
I always ask …..
What Do You do ?
What Are Your Passions ?
What Drives You ?
Marina is so prolific and passionate that i did NOT edit anything ………..
I didn’t have to …
Her Heart speaks for Itself …….
Here she is !!!!
On what she does
“Music and painting have always coexisted in my life.
I come from an artistic family, so I was lucky to be listening to a lot of music (from classical to Avant Garde) since day one of my existence! My happiness was a piano and pieces of paper and crayons. Then came school, music conservatory and college years (studied art and design in London, UK). As soon as I returned from London, I started working as a creative art director at a design company. In 1999 I had my first solo painting exhibition and a year after, recorded my first album ‘Never & Nothing’ [http://www.last.fm/music/Marina+Kanavaki] (composed and performed by me on poems by Elias Petropoulos). Soon after I met the love of my life (also a musician), with whom we now have a duet (MK-O, Marina Kanavaki – Oannes) with 3 albums out and currently recording out 4th.
As a designer, I underwent various creative stages, one of which was art candles [MarWax]. I found however that I wanted to broaden my variety so lately I have added a new [well nearly, a year old now] project: MarWorks. Through various POD companies like Cafe Press or Society6, I apply my paintings on everyday items. It gives me the opportunity to treat my art very differently, sometimes to the point of total annihilation! As you already know from your BEAUTIFUL [!!!] CP shop, it’s an amazing creative process!
To cut a very long as I see, story short, I do 4 things:
• Write music [now as MK-O with my husband] [http://www.mk-o.com]
• Paint and exhibit my paintings here at my art blog: [http://marinakanavaki.com]
and sell art prints at Imagekind [http://www.imagekind.com/MemberProfile.aspx?MID=4e55adf2-7de7-42c4-b495-a384df2a23fc]
• Design everyday items with my paintings [cafe press [http://society6.com/MarinaKanavaki] ]
• Work as a freelance designer [specialize in logos, brochures & ads, music albums & book covers]
My motto: Art Towards a Happy Day!”
On Her Passions
“Music notes, colors, animals, meditation and …gratitude.
I go crazy (in a happy way) with color palettes and paint tubes as I do with combining musical notes and using my voice like an instrument rather than a… voice!
I get mad (really upset) with the way us humans treat animals. Be it poaching, animal testing, fashion, perverted laws that sentence to death specific breeds of dogs (BSL), and so many other inhumane acts of people.
Meditation needs no introduction really. I’ll just say it helps me keep my “driving filter” [see below] clean! and finally:
Gratitude. Oh, you’ll ask, how can that be a passion?
When you consider each moment given to you as a gift, gratitude is the only passionate feeling I think I should have!”
On What Drives Her
“A core that runs inside me, reminding every minute of the day: ‘be good, do good’.
So anything I do, I filter through this.”
WOW WOW WOW
First of all Marina – This is for You – Click on the image and It will get you to her main site …
Because I am a MUSIC MANIAC – I always ask for music – from the person i am doing a Passion Feature on …
In This Case Marina is a Musician – She writes with her Husband = PASSIONY ……. I love That ……..
Here is One of Their Pieces .
MK-O THE DOGSITTERS
Here are a Few Pictures and Logos Marina sent me …
Pretty amazing …….
Thank You so Much Marina ….
You are an Incredible woman and I so enjoyed learning MORE about You !!!!
Because It’s The end of The Year -( Bring it on 2014 )
This will be the last Passion Feature = 2013
I will resume in 2014 for sure ……..
I am in Music / Video Filming Land ……..
I wish You all A Happy Holiday Season Full of Love And Wonder ……
And see You In here NEXT YEAR …..
Happy Monday !
I recently Met Hannah on Facebook Through Her Dad :
Stuart Young who had done a Passion Feature here before -
(Click His Name) .
Hannah : Like her Father - Has an Immense will to create and immerse herself In Her Art .
I am so Delighted To Introduce Her to Those whom don’t know about her … Yet …. (smiles)
She is a self Starter, Very Motivated – Has a New Boutique- and I loved Asking Her The Three Questions ….
Here Is Hannah !
What do You do ….?
“I am a stay-at home Mum on maternity leave that has started a small business from home. I was looking for something to do whilst I was at home all day and I’ve always loved creating things; whether it is posters, cushions or photographs, so naturally at the start of my maternity leave I decided to decorate my daughters nursery with designs and objects that I made myself.
This then became a business for me, as people were seeing my designs and asking me to make them some. I predominantly make designs for nurseries and children’s bedrooms but have recently branched out to make wedding designs, and sentimental keepsakes. More recently I have started working on commission and I love the challenges that come with this type of work. With every new design I strive to make more and more. I love what I do and I love what I have created.”
What are your passions?
“My passion is my daughter; she is my biggest inspiration and my greatest creation. She is the reason that I started creating. I have always been creative and had a passion for making various things, whether it be photography, drawing, designing in Photoshop and more recently; sewing! I’m quite a sentimental person; therefore I know what would make a lovely keepsake. One of the designs I have made was a gift for my Dad. It was a print that said “Hey Dad, Remember when…” and was followed by many of our memories. It’s a great keepsake and made a lovely gift for him and now takes pride of place on the wall in the kitchen.
I want my daughter to grow up with a positive outlook on life, and be appreciative and kind, so I have created a range of prints that offer advice, and lessons to live by such as, “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice”, which is a quote from my Nanny.
I love to see people’s reactions when they open a gift that has had a lot of effort put into it and is something unique and personal to them. It’s something I love receiving myself more than any other gift.”
What drives you?
“As I mentioned before, my daughter is what I am passionate and I am driven by the fact that I want her to grow up with a positive outlook on life. I want her to be able to look back on her life and have many great childhood memories. I was first of all driven to make a lovely nursery that was personal to her and had touches of sentiment, with some great advice and life lessons that she could learn from. I wondered if other parents had the same values and ideas as me, so I created these sentimental keepsakes and posters. I believe that these pieces of advice and life lessons are perfect to help create great childhoods for our children. Making and creating is something that I love to do and never want to stop.”
Here are just two of her Designs ….
Very sweet !
You Can contact Hannah
She Loves Mumford & Sons
Have a great week You Guys !
……… in mega music land
but again …If You would Like To be Featured
Do Not hesitate to write me
” I am a designer, dreamer, artist, visionary, healer and writer. I live to
create. At the moment I’m working on a collection of dreamy animals patterns
on bedsheets etc. I’m planning to start selling in Norway, and then the rest
of the world. My vision is to create stories around the animals to make them
more alive and to tell children that it’s good to dream. I want to share and
encourage kids to use their imagination nd create the life they want. I wish
someone told me I could do that a bit earlier, but hey, I’m here now! I have a strong sense of vision. I know what I’m doing but I sometimes
struggle to get there. I’m
also overcoming chronic fatigue with pure willpower, meditations, books and
healing. I’m dealing with being an empath, trying to use the positive power
in it. It’s hard. Thankfully I followed my heart to Portugal, found my love
and have his support”ON PASSION – ANNE SAYS -“My passion is to share laughter and joy, be a part of peoples search for dreams, to innovate, create new rules for living.
I love to understand myself and that moments when things click into
place after searching and looking for why I do things or what makes me
tick. I also love doing that in others, however I try to not take
their burden on my shoulders. I’m still learning.
I’m also very passionate about writing and telling stories. My passions could fill a book. Oh, I actually wrote a book for children
that I’m getting published, with illustrations. I did that with
structuring myself while I was very low on energy. 2-3 hours every
day. I’m proud of that.”INSERT WOW HERE – CAT XO
ON WHAT DRIVES HER – ANNE SAYS“What drives me must be my inner strenght. Knowing deep down in my soul
I’m meant to make a difference here in this life. And my love, he gives me strenght, he was holding me up when I was to tired to do it
myself, I can see that now.
My friends and you Cat, you give me a lot of power to keep going!
Thank you for being there!”
Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen (Instagram Fan Lyric Video
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOU !
which is indeed the greatest GIFT ……
XO CAT FORSLEY
ps- all her social networking sites are at the bottom of her site and she has a new Etsy Store …….
She’s a Talent !!!!!!
Happy Sunday from Toronto, Canada …….. Hope You guys are all well and Happy …..
Today, A PASSION FEATURE on a really Lovely Artist & Friend from France
Named CHA !
Her site is http://dontchawannadream.wordpress.com
I met her on WordPress a while ago – I honestly have no idea how long it’s been – !
We have collaborated Together, and it has been so much fun ….
Time Flies when You are having fun =TRUTH …
She has a Bright spirit : Full of energy, is very talented and has a very Warm Heart !
I asked her this Morning – Yes the same Three Questions ……….
And This is what she Says ……
What Do You do ?
Cha Says -
je t’aime Cha
vous êtes un coeur lumineux
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