I'm making a website for Lucia, and for Ann -- two more different aesthetics I can't imagine. Both know what they want/don't want -- and that's a help. I enjoy doing the work, and if I have to figure out something new, so much the better. I have art genes from both parents and engineering genes from my paternal side -- come in handy, by God. I've always had a kind of latent engineering thing, and during various living-with-someone-or-married times I'd be the one fixing the impossible problem. I'd always say, "Give me five minutes alone with it -- I probably can't do anything because I don't know anything about this piece of machinery, but just GIVE ME FIVE MINUTES." Then I'd fix it, whatever it was. It's like channeling -- I don't take any personal credit. I just inherited some affinity for machines. And three-dimensional possibilities. Useful in art -- especially if you are me -- a painter who can't paint anymore. I can just feel a stirring in the reader -- "What's different about the websites?" OK, OK. Ann wants lush, decorated, deep-toned pages that have mystery and involve as many senses as possible. Lucia wants stipped-down and earnest pages that have zero b.s. and present an open face to the world. Makes me think of open-faced sandwiches. If something has no top piece of bread how can it be called a sandwich? It's just something on bread. I'm always telling my students to approach things with an open heart -- which sounds gristly in the extreme, but those are the words that pop out. I also say, "Be subtle. There's no time in your life when being subtle will be a liability." At least that doesn't sound like surgery, which open-heart does. Open heart, open face. Gee.
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