Design a Day (16)

Los Angeles designer Wessel continues with design 3 in his Boxes series 5

Another day, another new design. Day 16 of Design a Day continues.

For those who are just joining us for the first time, let me give a quick rundown of what Design a Day is. And, for those of you who've been here before, enjoy the pretty looking pictures of a cool design on what I like to call it Pop Color Wear. But to explain, Design a Day is about me growing as a creative, challenging myself to continually be producing, and making some cool art. I figured the best way to do that is to release one new graphic design almost every day to my store. Six days a week, something new. It's gonna be rough, but, it's gonna be fun. Hope you all enjoy the ride and find something you like along the way.

 Los Angeles designer Wessel continues with design 3 in his Boxes series 5

I had a bit of a revelation this morning as I was getting ready for the day.

It might be due to the fact that I've finally (re)adopted the habit of morning meditation and take the time to clear my mind before trying to do anything. That ten minutes a day...better than almost any drug out there and for people who are suffering from mental health issue like depression or anxiety, IMHO. But, to what the realization this morning.

I've been stuck...and I think on some conscious level I knew this. I've fallen into the worst of habits, the one no artist ever should...comparing myself to other artists. Not in the aspirational way which is healthy because it drives you to do more and better, but in the, my work should look like that, or look that good, right now? But, of course it doesn't, because I'm looking at a lot of the top people in the field, people who have been at this for decades. It's a crazy destructive loop.

Los Angeles designer Wessel continues with design 3 in his Boxes series 5

It was like a bolt of lightning, one that I've been hit with many times over the last year but can't quite seem to hold on to.

Heh, wow, just remembered that today is my 1 year anniversary of starting this particular journey. I'm gonna have to write a post about it because it was probably the most important, or at least one of the most important, decisions in my life.

The shock of realization jolted me out of a kind of slumber I'd fallen into. The rut of doing the stuff I've been getting pretty good at, these Boxes. I looked around and saw that I hadn't touched my charcoal for months. I hadn't experimented with paint. A barely started canvas had ben sitting in the corner of my room for days because I was too scared to go to the next step with it. I mean, why bother since someone had already done something likely similar and better.

Los Angeles designer Wessel continues with design 3 in his Boxes series 5

But, with that strike this morning I remembered that it doesn't matter, none of it does.

The whole point of this journey is that it's me learning how to say the things I want to say how I want to say them. Babies don't start with full sentences decrying all the indignities they have to go through. They make cute noises, sad noises, angry noises. People still get what the baby is getting at, most of the time. 

That's where I'm at, the baby stage. Crying from the top of my lungs as I slowly mature in both technique and expression. I just gotta except that. It needs to be my mantra. In fact, I think I might add that into my daily meditation, hehe. Lesson learned as I'm writing a blog post about the lessons I'm learning. It's like the Matrix within the Matrix. I take these revelations wherever I can get them.

So, I hope you enjoy the designs I've been putting out. And, if you don't, stay tuned because things will keep on changing up. I promise. I just gotta get over myself and just be myself.

Check out the latest designs here. And, as always, for a 10% discount on all new designs, enter NEWDESIGN at the checkout.

Thanks for dropping by!


Los Angeles designer Wessel continues with design 3 in his Boxes series 5

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