11 April 2015
“Love is the way messengers from the Mystery communicate.” Nisargdatta Maharaj
10am From my Journal “A slower day. Promise of lots of sketching, and another day in Parma. Why? This morning we were told we are able to take a boat from Genoa to Marseilles. This saves us days of driving! (Okay, 2.)”
“So glad I brought [Charles] Moore along on this trip. After all we’ve seen, Roark’s angry rant on the Parthenon came to mind:“Shall I tell you what’s rotten about it? The famous flutings on the famous columns – what are they there for? To hide the joints in wood – when columns were made of wood, only these aren’t, they’re marble. The triglyphs, what are they? Wood. Wooden beams, the way they had to be laid when people began to build wooden shacks. Your Greeks took marble and they made copies of their wooden structures out of it, because others had done it that way. Then your masters of the Renaissance came along and made copies in plaster of copies in marble of copies in wood. Now here we are, making copies in steel and concrete of copies in plaster of copies in marble of copies in wood. Why?” [Ayn Rand, the Fountainhead] “I looked at post-modernism like fashion — paying homage to the past with modern technology. Visual 3-D stories to influence the masses except I don’t really think architects let people in on the dialogue. Then crap architects and mini-mart developers copied Graves [without knowing what the symbols were about] and it became a real mess. I am a lover of modern buildings in the hands of skilled designers and even more of post-modern in the same hands. I see almost nothing interesting coming out of the computer generation. Bad designers made abominable; good designers made so-so.”
2pm From my Journal “Drawing is part of thinking creatively, be it architecture, art, or design . . . hand to eye to brain to heart . . . computers do not activate those connections.”
From my Journal “Crossed from the “ugly” (okay plain) Pallazzo della Pilotta over a lovely bridge (and Torrente Parma) into Ducal Park. The Palace is one that should be painted for months, feminine, sits in a lovely landscape. At the other end is a lake, and to spark our imaginations, a wall of fountains. . . Relevant! Yay! So little time. On the way back we passed an early hospital [Ospedale Vecchio]. Can it be worse than some of ours now? YES, no pain killers).
“I don’t want to leave Parma but also am ready for our next drive, 3 hours straight, and we must check in with our boat company tomorrow night.”
Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
and De Artramentis Document and Super5 ink.
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