Quotes from influential people and books, followed by a few of my own thoughts...
With a system nothing is felt. Bill Scott.
When everything is said, nothing is said. Peter Van Dyck.
Observational drawing is a biased interrogation rather than a solely objective process. Peter Van Dyck.
My drawings help me to see how to live my life. Michael Moore.
Seeing begins with drawing. Michael Moore.
By making we discover. Duncan Hewitt.
Form and Function are one. Frank Lloyd Wright.
Order Is. Louis I. Kahn.
Tomorrow's house will be yesterday's home. Roger R. Richmond.
Good art, like good architecture, always engages the imagination. James Walter Schildroth.
A proper path is exploratory; its use exhilarating. John Ormsbee Simonds , Garden Cities 21.
The only thing that can save a country is to get back to nature, and that is all that can - can save the people. Walter Lane in the 976 documentary "Dead River Rough Cut".
Eight and a half miles can be covered in minutes with a car on an expressway but what does a man see? What he gains in time he looses in benefit to his body and mind. At my pace I notice things. A bubble on the water, and arctic tern's breast tinged with the blue reflection of the lake. Dick Proenicke, One Man's Wilderness, an Alaskan Odyssey.
Each time you give a machine a job to do that you can do yourself, you give away part of yourself. If you drive instead of walk, use a calculator instead of your mind, you disable part of yourself. On the other hand, every time you remove a technology from your life, you discover a gift. Bill Henderson.
People are the most dangerous creatures on this planet - and - potentially one of the most wonderful. If we do not seek to help each of them to grow to their fullest potential as happy, creative, productive beings we will pay a catastrophic price. In the words of Francois Leydet, "Man, if he is too impatient, can end this miracle." Bill Coperthwaite.
Some speak of subsistence peoples living at a "mere subsistence level," which to them is mean or even deprived. That has not been my experience of people living that life. The subsistence life we recognize among traditional cultures risks occasional hunger, no doubt, but it runs no more risk of hunger than our own system, which has produced ample food for all and yet left millions starving, and millions more - evening in our own nation - without food security. Gary Holthaus, in Learning Native Wisdom: What Traditional Cultures Teach Us about Subsistence, Sustainability, and Spirituality.
The essence of beauty can only be properly appreciated in contrasts. Joe Simpson, The Beckoning Silence.
The Art World is to art as religion is to spirituality. Dave Petengill.
Editing is clarity. Mary Claire Ramirez.
And a few of my own thoughts...
I see teaching as the opportunity to make a difference by fostering an ability to see, question, and create through skill as well as concept, in pointing toward a more intentional people living in harmony with their natural environment and democratic society.
We humans have separated ourselves from Nature. Everything art does, nature already does: even discussing the human condition... Because we insist on this separation, we need art to bring us back into contact with ourselves. We are takers of the earth, but there are a very few aboriginal tribes left who are leavers, just as Native Americans were, because their existence is in that very tie, in which every facet of their handmade life is art.
Linear perspective is a perfect example of the drawing principle "lying to tell the truth."
Always remember the power of sketching, the connection that a pencil makes between brain and paper, the way the pencil is the switch to activating the creative process.
Never forget the pencil.
"Good" painting might involve sensitive but raw emotion, such as Janis Joplin's singing.
Learn to see with you ears.
For one to have choice many must have none.
Beyond order is balance, but this is not necessarily symmetry, rather asymmetry with balance - and often more interesting while equally pleasing to the eye.
Designing without a site is to miss the full potential of architecture.
Without the human as central to the design process there is no architecture, and that sadly leaves us with what we see all over much of the worlds rich nations.
More important than recognizing is to really see.
Think about the embodied energies involved in making, transporting, and erecting wind turbines, the fact that moving parts will wear out, the infrastructure required to locate turbines on the land... and then consider that at least here in New England the sun shines more than the wind blows, how one person can lift, carry, and install a solar panel on their roof or any number of other options, that solar panels sent to space nearly fifty years ago still make electricity, and finally how the building of PV panels is embracing more environmentally responsible production through simplified technologies such as printable soy ink.
It's interesting to notice that the traffic rotaries common to Europe are appearing ever more frequently here in the United States, but what separates the two is that the American traffic devices end up being covered in political signs while the European circles celebrate sculpture of every possible form…