As they say, “the stuff of daily life can reveal hidden stories” (Anonymous). And so we’re piqued to know how different artists are inspired, what they do to stay motivated, and the little things that make them the most productive.
In the spirit of Women’s History Month, we’ve asked Los Angeles-based artist and #girlboss Allison Kunath to share her artist rituals with us. Describing her work as “Abstract Representationalism” with a mission to facilitate the importance of connection, Allison’s work can be found both on large-scale canvases and on the streets of LA. “If each person who sees my work has a moment of insight or reflection in some new way about their relationship to themselves, or someone close to them, I’ll be pleased.” Below, she shares some of her favorite works, and how she organizes her day.
1. Morning Rituals
“Breaking a sweat in the morning helps my energy flow consistently throughout the day. A stop for coffee is usually followed by a bit of tidying the studio and getting myself into the proper headspace to dive in. [And] regardless of where I’m at in my process, I often do a bit of loose sketching before diving into my focus for the day.”
2. Studio Time and Meetings
She also does her best to honor a few scheduling rules: “focused studio time between breakfast and lunch, emails and admin work in the afternoons and evenings, and meetings only at mealtimes, preferably either first or last thing of the day, bracketing my studio work.”
3. The Creative Process
Next comes the creation process. Starting with loose sketches in pencil or charcoal, Allison records her ideas. Moving forward the concepts she has envisioned, her ideas will transform into ink and watercolor studies.
“The more I refine my routine, the more I follow the patterns of so many masters: early to rise, harnessing the most potent creative energy in the morning, and tapering off in the afternoon and evenings.”
Allison’s patterns are masterful indeed, as her work is both intriguing and powerful. Observing her work really makes us feel more connected than we think we are.
What rituals do you have to stay inspired and creative? Share them and your works with us in PicsArt with the hashtag #ArtistRituals.