I've been working on these paintings for the past few months and have fallen in love with the process. They're like 6" squares of art therapy. I've been experimenting with different colors and designs and each painting is unique. I don't do any pre-planning when the line-work starts which is very unlike my normal design process. One of my favorite things about them is the accidental alignments that you notice when placing canvases next to each other. As you turn the canvases and different edges meet, you notice many lines connect perfectly, almost like it was planned.
One of my favorite comics, The Oatmeal, satires the designer/client relationship in ways that never fail to make me laugh. Pictured above is the intro to their comic, How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell. (Which is hysterical, and everyone should read it regardless of your profession, feelings about comics, designers, websites, or eagles.) I think it also opens up is the discussion of this 'DESIGNER versus CLIENT' dynamic that we've been hardwired to expect, hate, and frequently mock. Granted, sometimes it's entertaining (and true), but sometimes we create a self-fulfilling prophecy for a painful working relationship. How do we do that?
I'm so excited that the moving process is underway, and we're setting up our new place. We've moved much closer to work and family, and into a 3 bedroom home (holy square foot upgrade). Probably the most exciting portion of this move (for me at least) is that I get my very own home office space. No longer sharing an office space has naturally turned into another project for me. And also naturally, I found it most appropriate to create a quick "mood board" of the elements I'm bringing into my office (tis the life of a graphic designer). My color scheme is green, white, black, gold and pink. In hindsight, it's basically the color scheme of my childhood.