Day #16 … Beauty in the close ups … To me day 15’s art immediately becomes gorgeous abstract art … Love that expansion and extension … And am happy that I stopped to follow a nudge to use these images instead of my original plan for today. That can wait for tomorrow.
Day #15 art challenge … Continuing to design into the concept of abundance, and that spaciousness that the room in the sf moma made me feel …
“Abundance”. Now that, is a good title for a book. I have a thing or two to say about this topic. I feel whole in these hours when I design and am soooooo happy with how easily it comes. Blessed relief. My sense of abundance is very much in this precious hour or two when my creativity is just coming … I feel the spiritual act of this, and how that is also what I was raised to be … whole on a soulful level, to focus on the soul of life … That’s a Hunsicker value that I treasure.
I have so many photos of the dried curled weeds and love their form, always. Designing into my photos was on my to-do list, so here now the art of one such dried curl, is an act of abundance because it’s limitless. I wish this is the only thing I had to do every day. That and cook soup and kiss G. Thinking more about the plant I’ve been photographing all these years, I love the dried curls even more. Each curl is a different shape (and line), and the curls are so hidden on the plant. They are not the ‘point’ of the beauty of the flower, we are supposed to look at the the flower - the tall white poofy thing. These curls only happen when the whole plant is cut down to almost nothing, nearly dead. I love, just love, the beauty that comes from the thing that wasn’t supposed to be noticed.
Day #14 art challenge … I decided to come back to this art from yesterday. This art was a mistake because it was filler-art on a bad day when I didn’t have time to work on what I had planned. This art was my stick figure art, the best I could do on that day. Using it now, today, tonight, to create motion out of it makes me love it more … And this idea of designing into animation form, love love love. It’s so meditative and calming. I’m curious about getting more control of the technique, something new … Love the idea of adding sound, voices, words … I love how this fits - suddenly! too! - into my Brand idea, because yesterday I was just posting and apologizing about my art and time and day, and today I decided to flip it and make it into something more, something I love. It was the tiniest of moments when I realized what I could do with yesterday’s art … This metaphor comes back again and again … Which leaves me remembering something I heard from S. so many times, ‘There are no mistakes … ‘
Day 13 … Only 13 days into the 100 day design challenge and I see now why this idea was madness. If for example I get up at 6am and spend two hours repairing the Creative Cloud app, loosing those two hours, then my whole day explodes. My sister suggested that I draw a stick figure because that would, she reminded me, fulfill my own requirement of “creating something” for one hour a day. These are my stick figures. The only way I can get this to work conceptually with my posts about Abundance, is that I can squeeze some art out of me even when I’m dead tired, and still love doing it … That’s good spacious Abundance …. Am grateful …
Day #12 of art challenge: video inspired by the vector art videos coming out of the SF Exploratorium, I converted my images into framework animation in Photoshop, then video format in Photoshop to be compatible for Instagram. New definition of contentedness …. xoox
Happiness! Day 11, continuing the theme of abundance … I am waking up in the middle of the night these days with images and ideas ready. I thought it was a one time thing but it’s happening consistently now, I’m so happy about this because it means I can work ahead without being at my computer, as long as I take notes. My memory of the 1am image last night was a triangle with slit shapes inside it … Kind of elegant looking, abstract and a pattern. LOVE this kind of Abundance. And, the super fabulous part is that I don’t feel exhausted, or if I do it’s the good kind, the flow kind. I’m happy I said yes to myself about 100 days in a row, it’s a different level of commitment, maybe with doing it once a week, my sleeping mind wouldn't’ have contributed so much? Maybe G forecasted it when he suggested that my knitting five scarves for other people in 4 months straight was lovely but imagine if I committed to myself that same way. He was proud of my capabilities of making deadlines - Christmas - but what about focusing on me instead? The power of words … I remember in that moment how true and right that felt … Also the challenge to design into what Abundance means, it could be 200 different things. Love this kind of Abundance, too. Let’s see what kinds of other Abundance I can feel for, joyfully. Starting with the black / white sketches, continuing into color. xoxo
Day 10. Continuing the theme of feeling out what spacious abundance feels like. Inwardly and outwardly. Based on that blog post, that museum room, that dream. Flying solo without a conveniently placed mentor who is padding my way. Design wise the most beautiful things are coming as a mistake. I’ve always known this. I set out, I work at it, I have a plan, and then suddenly in the middle of zooming into the art in order to grab an anchor point, there it is, the beautiful realization that art has arrived and is beautiful. Midway. I wasn’t even done. That, was yesterday. :) Today I’m just fulfilling the promise of posting-as-I-go and the excruciating moment when I would rather you think I’m brilliant with an amazing final piece, than post-as-I -go … Still, in a very small way I kinda maybe feel like this is fun. Sending love.
Day #9, designing into blog post ‘what makes you come alive’… I recently ran into the question what IF your life had no constraints? It’s interesting to me because I operate with ‘I have just enough, I should be grateful’, so for me to ask the question what if I had a room in our house that were deep enough to design a huge curve into the back corners, like the sf moma did for Rodney McMillian’s beautiful artwork, is scandalous. Rodney’s point around his majestic artwork of his was to raise awareness around homelessness and here I am being completely politically incorrect both and imagining if I had a room like this that I could every now and then repaint, redecorate. But I’m not talking about large rooms really … Or maybe I am, but the exercise is for me inwardly. Being in a room like this does make me feel an expansiveness, a wideness. At the risk of being politically incorrect, maybe even to just my own family, I would like to mentally break a pattern of only identifying with suffering, which has silently been my proper place in that world, and instead play with what this word Abundance feels like. The TRUTH is that I just want to move into the sf moma, style wise and I told G exactly that when we first starting dating, that that kind of space light design openness light wood … It was a curdle test, he passed. I know it’s very CA to discuss Abundance, which I am hyper aware of … I yearned for a Mentor who would make it all okay. Having an active one makes any kind of spiritual or life journey so much easier. Just connecting “being spiritual” with “abundance” is new for me, so lean on a Mentor for that affirmation ... G reminded me that I still have not read the most fabulous book ‘Celebrate Your Self” by Dorothy Corkille Briggs, whose basic point is you need approval from no one, just yourself. Since the Oscars I’ve been walking saying, Lady Gaga says you just need approval from one person and I have G. G said, I think what Lady Gaga means - with his eyes large and rolling - means YOU need to approve yourself, that’s the one person. Here are the visuals for the dreaming …
Day #8 art challenge, as promised to post the process, a minimum of one hour of work, depending on the fullness of my day. Designing into my blog post “what makes you come alive”, ironically, as I am feeling sleepless and not very alive let alone inspired, I DO love this art. I’m inspired by Rodney McMillian’s painted artwork and how paint can spill onto the canvas in a way you can’t always control. I like “doing” this in Illustrator too. Endless possibilities both color wise and shape-of-line-story wise ….
OMG. I feel like I could do this forever … <3
I had this grand idea to design a variation of a theme and then break it into 6 or 9 or 12 colors, and have that be 6 - 12 Days worth of posts. I was just calling my ai file “Day 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14_variation.ai” when G walked in and of course I told him about my brilliant plan, I’m working ahead, no procrastination, I pitched ... His response wasn’t what I was looking for, What? That’s a variation on one theme and those are different colors, that’s 1 post.
We just read this amazing article (as I was drinking coffee, see #1) on Pocket by Benjamin Hardy about 50 ways to live on your own terms and it’s definitely an amazing source of inspiration and focus. #22: “Remove all non-essentials from your life starting with your closet.” Art has to be an essential in my life, more than anything else right now, and G is right to push me, and I do have gratitude (now, later) … I love #29, the words “to find people who remind you more of your future rather than past”, as if we have been in our future already. My default is very much the past, and I love the new thinking … I am reminded of my future … how lovely, yes of course.
Art challenge day 5 … Hmmm this has potential. One of the things that’s weird|new in this art challenge is designing outside of a framework. I’m so used to designing for someone else, within a brand, for someone else’s brand ... Freedom is strange. It feels totally weird being on the other end of receiving a design. At some point I need to design into my own brand, create that unifying look, but I like to believe that within that Anne Brand there is going to be a lot of permission …
For me, right now, I like this. I like just having the simplicity of this visual moment … This is art I feel I could expand upon …
Bulb / bulbing design, day four art challenge. G just kind of walked away from this one after showing him …. :) … classic painter vs modern art conversations happening … We are so different in so many ways, but in the end of all this, I know whatever artwork I end up picking, he will also like. Maybe not love, make his heart sing, but like. Meanwhile, it’s super fun to see what all comes forth. I love the juxtaposition of an exact grid with the delicate transparent amaryllis flower leaves …
Remembering a conversation I had with my sister-in-law who is a master textile conservator …. She explained to me that the fabric of the dress she sewed for herself was Vlisco textile, the Dutch textile company that creates wax resistant prints. The gauzy transparent white curtain I own was a shopping mistake I made at Ikea, thinking how subtle it would be, and filled with Dahlia patterns ... I have since come to love it in spite of its boldness, and it was the backdrop to the 8 giant red amaryllis bulbs which promoted my original blog post about bulbing. Designing into this is #3 art challenge Day and I thought I would try to create that same block-textile offset look that wax-block-textile printing can create, with the curtain theme as a base. Feels way too girly just like my curtain, but still ….. joy. Here’s my one hour of work today.
New decision! I am starting my 100 Day Art Challenge. I thought about watering it down, like one design a week, and then I was drawn to the craziness that is 100 days in a row. As if I need another thing to do.
I also want to concretely focus on artwork for a time chunk, to shift the focus a little from writing. My assignment is to work on something one hour a day and post the process. Not to necessarily finish it, and also maybe to decide it IS finished. Decide much later ….
This sketch started with my post “To bulb or not to bulb”. I’m curious about following unconventional designs, shapes and lines. I want to try to focus on what comes out of me as I go and not spend time looking at what other people are doing, to compare. It’s a tricky thing to follow other people’s art challenges but stay true to me/mine. I also don’t want to have it look like Googles Material Design, or Bauhaus, or Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, as much as I love all their design work and styles.
What I like about this shape is that it’s abstract … and to some might be considered ugly. And that alone makes it a thing of beauty.