(December 13, 2014) Profile of the Week: Mana Pastelitos Poblete

Welcome to Profile of the Week! We are delighted to present Mana Pastelitos Poblete from Santiago, Chile.

Mana creates colorful whimsical drawings and collages.  To see more of Mana's artwork, visit her gallery: http://community.art-is-fun.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?scre...

When you view her portfolio, be sure to click on the images to view them larger!

Please join us for this interview with Mana:

How would you describe your art?

My art... it's like an explosion that happens from one minute to the next, ideas that accumulate in my head like a jar with bicarbonate and vinegar that explodes suddenly and then I begin to do stuff: draw, paint, play with paper, etc. It is colors, love, a bit of anxiety, messy, tousled, full of laughs, but also with lot of patience.

Mi arte, lo describiría como una explosión que pasa de repente, ideas que se van juntando en la cabeza como un pote con vinagre y bicarbonato que de repente explota y en ese momento me pongo a hacer cosas. Es colores, amor, un poco de ansiedad, pero con paciencia. Es desordenado, revuelto, lleno de risa.

How long have you been an artist and how did you become an artist?

I don´t know if I can call myself an artist; I know artists that have studied many years, who spend 100% of their time on art and make a living from it. A few years ago I started to illustrate educational books and stuff. I would rather say that I play being an artist and I've been doing it since I was a little girl. Because every child is born an artist... children's drawings, paintings, and creations are works of art that are free of fear and prejudice, and full of freedom. Children's art inspires me a lot.

No se si pueda decir que soy una artista, conozco artistas que han estudiado, que se dedican 100% al arte y viven de él. Hace algunos años empecé a dedicarme a la ilustración de herramientas educativas. Prefiero decir que juego a ser artista, y creo que lo hago desde que era una niña. Porque todo niño es un artista innato… las creaciones de los niños son obras de arte sin miedos, sin prejuicios, llenas de libertad. Me inspiran mucho los dibujos y pinturas de los niños.

What is your favorite medium and why?

I don't have a favorite medium, I just feel more comfortable with some of them: drawing pens and watercolor pencils. I got my first box from a friend, Melania, and I fell in love with them. Now I'm fascinated with collages of shredded paper.

No tengo uno favorito, sólo con los que me siento más cómoda, que son los lápices de dibujo y los de colores acuarelables. Recibí mi primera caja de éstos de regalo de una amiga, Melania, y me enamoré de ellos. Ahora estoy muy fascinada con el rasgado de papel.

Pick one work of art from your Art Colony portfolio and tell us the story behind it. Why does this piece have meaning to you? What steps did you take to create the piece?

This one (shown above)... I think that, unwittingly, I made myself. This girl looks just like me when I start doing something. I also like it so much, because doing it I could discover why, or better understand, why I had collected pages and pages from magazines with colors I liked my whole life. My mind was telling me after all these years what were they for!

Steps... first, the drawing, with pencil, then with drawing pen. Second the background, for the background I had many many many magazines and patience! Finally I cut the drawing and pasted it on the background. 

Ésta… creo que inconscientemente me hice a mi misma. Esta niña se ve igual que yo cuando me pongo a hacer mis cosas. Además me gusta mucho, porque haciendo este descubrí porqué, o mejor, para qué había observado, admirado y guardado toda mi vida páginas de revistas con colores que me gustaban. ¡Al fin mi mente me decía para qué eran!

Tell us about one medium, technique or style that you would like to try working with (that you have not tried before) and why you would like to try this.

I would like to do woodcut, xylography. I love woodcut, its so beautiful. I like that to make them, you have to think of your idea and invert it and then cut the wood and print. I find woodcut fascinating, so simple but so complex. 

Me gustaría poder hacer grabado, xilografías. Me encantan, son bellas. Me gustaría poder pensar en negativo, para después tallar la madera para imprimir. Encuentro que los grabados son fascinantes. Tan simples pero tan complejos.

How do you make time for art?

I always try to draw and paint in my free time. I'm a primary teacher and that helps me to be always creating new stuff and trying new techniques. I've found my passion for drawing and painting in education. These days it is a little bit difficult - five months ago our first son Cayetano came in to our lives. I spend most of my time with him. I have now less time to draw and paint but I have found so much happiness and inspiration.

Siempre trato de dibujar en mis tiempos libres, además, soy profesora de educación básica y eso me ayuda a poder estar creando nuevos dibujos y probando nuevas técnicas todo el tiempo. En la educación encontré la pasión por dibujar y pintar. Ahora es un poco difícil, hace 5 meses nació mi primer hijo, Cayetano dedico mucho tiempo a él. Su llegada me restó tiempo para dibujar, pero me sumo tanta alegría e inspiración. Cuando tengo momentos libres aprovecho de dibujar un poco.

If you could imagine the “perfect art day” for yourself, what would it be like?

A sunny day in the woods, with a lot of big trees. A picnic with lots of sweets, cakes, cookies, chocolates. And my family: Cristhian and Cayetano.

Día soleado y bosque, mucho bosque. Un picnic con muchas cosas ricas dulces, pastelitos, queques, dulces. Y mi familia: Cristhian y Cayetano.

If you could spend 24 hours with one artist, living or historical, who would you want to spend the day with and why? What would the two of you do?

I would like to have met Carlos Faz, a Chilean painter and woodcutter who died in 1953, only 22 years old. He isn't very famous but I love his woodcuts. My grandfather had some in his house and always spoke of him. I think he was a very interesting person. We would talk a lot and drink some wine. We would walk the streets of Valparaíso together. I would like to have known his workshop, but we would surely have no time for that!

Me habría gustado conocer a Carlos Faz, un pintor y grabadista chileno que murió en 1953, a los 22 años. No es muy conocido, pero me encantan sus grabados. Mi abuelo tenía varios en su casa y siempre hablaba de él. Creo que era una persona muy interesante. Nos habríamos juntado a conversar y tomar unos vinos y recorrer Valparaíso. Me habría gustado conocer su taller, pero seguro no nos habría alcanzado el tiempo!

Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring artists?

Paint, draw, create without fear and every time you can. And, most of all, have fun!

Pintar, dibujar, crear sin miedos, y cada vez que puedan. Y, por sobre todo, pasarlo bien!

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I had not had the pleasure of seeing your art before this interview--it is SO completely charming and wonderful!  And playful!  Just outstanding!  Well-deserved POTW, Mana!

oh my gosh. your art is the inspiring accomplishment only someone gifted with magic, can create! 

this painting above, in the middle, underneath the picnic comment, with the different worlds, is a masterpiece. it is the most glorious painting i've seen here! thank you mana, for sharing your beauty with us!


Beautiful work, wonderful colours and detail. I love the one with the people under trees with the  precious soil and hell beneath them. Life in a picture.

Congrats Mana! Enjoyed reading your interview, love your art!

Love your style.Very happy and lots of fun !! Congratulations !!

Thank you all!!!!! love you!

Mana this is the first time I also have viewed your artwork it is just beautiful I love them all. So creative and they just make you smile. Excellent interview very enjoyable. Congratulations.

I love all of your art! I especially like to ones using torn paper and combining it with black and white line drawings. I might have to try that! (maybe I'll try it with kids first. They make such beautiful, spontaneous things)

I hope you don't mind... I just pinned one of your pieces (the red zentangle) on Pinterest. People should see your fantastic work!

When I look at talent such as yours I have to wonder how your mind works...such creativity - you described your talen extremely well.  Luv the opportunity to view your work...such a blessing to have such a gift. 

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