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Practicing My Art by Design

No pretty pictures of kitchens, products or art today. Just a heartfelt message I feel moved to share with you in case it might be something we have in common.  As a full-time “wanna be artist” I’m always thinking about how to get more time in the studio to work on my art. I beat myself up regularly because I do not make enough time. The days become weeks then months then years. I’m no longer young. My days on this planet are becoming fewer. I know this.
At the same time there is my livelihood to consider and people depend on me. I am fortunate enough to have an occupation that involves unlimited creativity. I spend a lot of time in the car commuting and traveling to job sites. While I’m driving I’m off social media and I probably shouldn’t even be talking on the phone. I guess you could say, in these moments, my inner self has a captive audience.


One of those contemplative "car moments"...
One of those contemplative “car moments”…


Today, during one of these times, it occurred to me that just maybe I am practicing my art every day, it’s just in a different medium. It really is all creation and the same principles and elements apply. Perhaps all my projects are my commissions.
When I create a piece of art I consider the substrate (the walls of the room). I ponder the medium (cabinets, counters, finishes). I arrange the components artfully using the elements and principles of design (layout, flow). I can equate the theme/concept with my clients and how I am designing to their particular lifestyles and needs.
When I’m in the throes of a piece of art or a kitchen design it can be messy and ugly right before all the pieces fall into place. When they do I just know it. Everything works from every perspective, like a Rubik’s cube. There is balance, flow and meaning. What more could I want in a piece of art or a kitchen?
In the end the whole point of making art is to connect, to make a difference in my world and leave a grateful legacy. I suppose I’ve been doing that all along.


Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.

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