“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictured of infinite beauty” – John Ruskin
“I’ve always been attracted to watercolours and paints since I was a child. I used to draw my favourite Disney characters and Japanese Anime, I watched TV and at the moves. I really loved them a lot.” says Giulia Carini on where did the motivation for becoming an artist come from. She is always looking for ways to express herself in new artistic ways and let her creativity flow with it. Having a strong curiosity for life and travel she says, “she must be suffering from WANDERLUST!” Travelling being her IKGAI is the vital source for her energy that gives her infinite possibilities to explore new places, meeting amazing people, to learn different cultures, traditions and languages.
There are two specific incidents which are very dear to her heart, first being when she met her husband for the first time, he being the tall blonde, young man with intense blue eyes who took the seat next to her just at the last minute during the general meeting for freshman year students. And it was only after months when they started to know each other, to talk and go out together that she realised it wasn’t just a coincidence, the first time they met but an alignment of stars and energies wanting them to meet and sharing their lives together for lifetime. And the other incident being when she attended the Japanese calligraphy course. She was so impressed by the flowering movement of the brush, delicate but precise and firm, the ritualistic preparation of the ink and the calm focus that is needed for the execution and later she tried to translate this form of art into her watercolour strokes.
“Every Artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher
Art allows her to express the energy she has within her which needs to flow out on the paper. What she actually wants to transfer in her paintings are her deep feelings and emotions translated with rich colours, beautiful delicate flowers and atmospheric scenes. She wants the viewer to be into her secret world and become a part of her thoughts.
Her art is an explosion of colours and she is absolutely obsessed with it, which brings her immense joy and love. When the colours flow, drip, run and merge into something magical, they have the power to let her travel to a very special place: Her Inner Soul. There are two specific characteristics that attract her to watercolours. The first one being IMAGINATION. Imagination is limitless. One is completely free to wander and explore the secret world that has no boundaries. The freedom is a precious gift that only art could give her because it’s her creativity that decides what to paint and it’s her soul that guides her through the journey.
“Water doesn’t resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hands into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing, in the end, can stand against it. Water is patient. Remember you are half water.” – Margaret Atwood
The second characteristic, unique only to watercolours, is WATER. Water for her is like a cocoon that gently cuddles her and protects her. And she is used to following the flow, its rhythm, its energy without resistance but abandoning herself totally into it. And that is how she decided to choose watercolour as her medium as it constantly reconnects her to water, like watercolour on paper, and creates magic with twirls and shapes.
Giulia has many inspirations but the strongest ones are from JAPAN, BUDDHIST and ZEN PHYSIOSOPHY. “When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in harmonious, close contact with nature this is very unique to Japan”- Tadao Ando
“Art always has something of the unconscious about it” – D.T. Suzuki
Giulia is deeply in love with nature and especially flowers and this is the reason behind why we see so many floral pieces in her collection. To her flowers symbolise the perfection of beauty and art at its highest expression because only Mother nature could create something so gorgeous and flawless!
The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke” – Jery Kosinski
In her paintings, she is trying to grasp the MONO NO AWARE, the pathos of things, through evocative scenes which capture the perfect beauty of flowers. She as an artist wants to seize that short and magical moment where flowers are blooming in marvellous shapes and colours, despite their impermanent nature.
A message to the fellow artists she wants to convey is, “Be curious, be open to challenge yourself in new artistic ways. Follow your heart and your instinct but especially your imagination which has no limits. Always believe in yourself and paint what you feel, letting your creativity lead you. There is no right or wrong in art! Paint for the love of painting, create art that speaks to you and will speak to others. Never stop learning new things and never stop exploring the infinite possibilities that art can give you.”
She also sells her watercolour art pieces and has sold some in Italy and the USA. And for her, it is a sweet feeling to know that a piece of her is part of another home and part of another person’s life.
Like her watercolours, she is a Work in Progress! Art is a constant flow so she will keep learning, exploring, evolving and growing so much as possible and maybe one day her dream will come true: to travel the World with her watercolours and sharing them will all the people out there.
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