Launching the Creative Career Counsellor

What problems do you want to solve?

I have had lots of jobs, and a few careers. Most have been a very awkward unnatural fit and sometime downright traumatic, wedging myself into roles that were never going to suit me long term. Some I was miserable in, living in a constant state of unhealthy anxiety.

Much of my adult life has been spent trying to catchup after being a failed student. However, I never gave up, I kept working and trying to test out little ideas as I went to try to work out what else I could do. As I fought to catchup, I definitely had some wins.

I set up programs to help foster children, ran a small business delivering youth art workshops and painted murals (preceding the popularity of “street art”), paid my way through University as an adult and worked in the highly competitive advertising industry.

I’ve transitioned through several other career phases since leaving advertising, working with businesses on compliance and regulation issues, government grant programs and as a Salesforce trainer.

Throughout this time I kept searching for opportunities to try new careers out.
I eventually came across this question “What problems do you want to solve?”. I can’t quite remember where I read it, but it stuck in my mind and became the question I decided to answer.

Now, after further study, I use my experience to inform ways to identify and manage careers. The problem I want to contribute towards solving is career mismatch and career mismanagement which has become a source of real unhappiness in contemporary society.

To begin working towards solving that problem I have started the Creative Career Counsellor. I am here to help young people searching for areas of focus and adults who are transitioning, like I did, from jobs done to survive, to work or a career with a focus and a future. I utilise a creative, strengths based approach to help activate your career ideas.

Based in Melbourne, I provided access to low cost career counselling on the weekends (online options available). I have a love of all things careers, ideas and art and run a shop where you can find things to help inspire and support career thinking, products to help celebrate ideas and creative thinking and sell my own artwork and will be stocking some art products and supplies.

To get help you get started, check out A Job to Love. This book helped me immensely and has been a book I’ve repeatedly bought for friends working through a career crisis.

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Fitzroy homage at Coco & Thyme

Street art and commercial graffiti murals are everywhere in Melbourne, particularly in the trendy inner north suburbs. All bases are covered from crisp sign-writing styles through to grungy faux-illegal looking murals.

When family friendly Coco and Thyme took over an old fine dinning space they wanted to create a large ‘street-art’ piece with a connection to the area, that would be unique and warm up the space, I decided to take a distinctly different direction and create a very non-streetart looking mural.

Working from this brief, the mural takes inspiration from an old advertisement for the sale of land in the surrounding area, referencing the current owners to create a distinctly unique mural in the area.

If you’re in Melbourne, it’s definitely worth paying them a visit. Follow them on Facebook to see what they’re cooking

APC Art Show success

I’m new to selling art.

As a self-taught ’emerging’ artist, the usual channels to build a profile and sell work aren’t available to me. Most competitions and art fairs for emerging artists require the entrants have completed academic study in the arts (I studied business) or be in the final stages of post-graduate study.

So for me, the oppourtunity to show work the Albert Park College Art Show was invaluable.  I’d encourage other Melbourne artists to take a peek: http://www.albertparkcollege.vic.edu.au/artshow/index.html

The work was incredible this year, I was thrilled to be accepted and overall received some very positive feedback. My downfall is always ensuring I have quality images to document my work, here are a few happy snaps of the piece that was snapped up…thank you new owner, I hope it makes a nice new talking point in the home.

Postcards from a painter

One of the most exciting things as a pre-digital age child was getting mail. I loved it!

Now, as an adult in the digital world all the fun stuff is shared online with a click and even boring mail like bills are digital. So who gets to experience the little buzz of receiving the good kind of mail.

Unfortunately I can’t send you looong letters about love and life, but I can send you original, hand drawn art on a postcard. It’s even better than getting those postcards your friends send you when their on holiday to try and make you jealous.

Check out the Artwork for SALE tab to see what post card are available.

Mirror at 3am

This little image gallery shows the process paint sketches which led to the final piece on the gold background.

I’m not a natural planner, I struggle to sit down and do meticulous preparation for paintings, perhaps that’s a discipline I would have learned if I had academic training in art. I much prefer working with spraypaint to traditional drawing materials, I can test a concept quickly and I think this method  of preparing for paintings will stay with me for a long time now.

The gold piece was sold at a preview, but the sketches, and lots of other works are on show this weekend in Melbourne. Here are the details: www.facebook.com/events/806841779351835/

 

All in all, you’re just another brick in the wall – updated photos

These A2 paintings served as tests for three larger pieces.

I enjoy drawing in sketch books, but need to work on a larger scale so have taken to producing these as a way to explore different approaches to painting.

When shown alongside the finished large scale works you can track the decision making process almost like a comic strip.

SOLD OUT Pieces available at:

http://markcowell.ecwid.com/#!/Click-to-view-series-Art-on-Paper-A2-size/c/12288453

100 bottles of beer on the wall

This year South Melbourne’s iconic Prince Wine Store opted to ditch the inflatable Santa and plastic reindeer in exchange for some custom painted wine bottles.

The high profile store is a prime target for ‘tagging’, but the new artwork lasted the holiday season and well into the new year…it almost looked as though it would become a permanent fixture.

 

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