Archive for January, 2012

January 29, 2012

“Though the problems of …

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple”

January 29, 2012



All color in “Headland” was copied and pasted from photographs taken on a Summer 2011 trip with the Chinese Exploration Research Society by Dr. Brad Mogen of the UWRF Biology department. The inspiration for this piece was the concept of Permaculture; the study of natural and productive, systematic functions of relationships in an environment. These photographs were taken from a trip that was focused on promoting eco-tourism in the small villages of Yunnan Province, China. These photographs were representative of functional plant systems that exist in the fields, cities, and mountainous regions of the Yunnan Province. Therefore, the colors used in the piece provide some realism to what colors would exist in a landscape that combines the urban environment with the natural environment.
Line, shape, and color were spaced strategically in the image to convey a sense of functionality. The integration of line is spaced in such a way that the viewer can feel free to look around, in and out of the head. Color adds to the functionality of where man-made constructions combine with natural constructions in order to contribute to the world to which these hardworking characters live. Shape is distanced, enlarged, or put into perspective to add dimensionality and then spaced to emphasize energy in a functional environment. With line, shape, and color combined the viewer is encouraged to see a surrealistic perfection inside the world of Permaculture; inside Headland.

January 23, 2012

Moving on

A couple of days ago, I separated from my partner of two and a half years. It wasn’t hard, it was quite mutual, even though we live with each other and two other roommates. I thank the permacultural perspective for this successful break up. Analyzing the relationship in the first place, I found that the energy (initiative to understand,participate, and change) wasn’t happening in an equitable manner. It left a cloud of disappointment and frustration over our heads.
The most difficult part of the break-up was conjuring up the words and the confidence to share my feelings. Because I found my partner more sensitive, I simply directed him into the direction of a break. While we were on break, we then found it simpler to go our separate ways.
For us, sustaining a friendship is the next best thing. The energy that we spend can now be used on things that we find will take us into our desired directions. When it comes to relationships it is important to understand that we both have needs. If those needs aren’t met up then something has to change.

January 21, 2012

There is no question

Permaculture is defined as the study of how potential, efficient, and permanent energy move inside the functions of a relationship.  This phenomenal concept is meant to be applied to systems that humans encounter. In the book, Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay, Permaculture is, “…about designing sustainable human settlements [that use] … the philosophy and approach to land use which weaves together microclimate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, water management, and human needs into intricately connected, productive communities. This concept is meant to integrate itself into the current mainstream culture as a solution to the problems that plague our society.

The purpose of Permaculture is to provide permanent energy for a permanent community  to create permanent opportunity for members inside a community of people. This can inspires us to know that:

There is no question that our world is in a state of danger. When most would call me some sort of cynic, they could not deny there own uncertainty about how our politicians are planning, our gas prices are raising, and our taxes being used. Even though I depend on our government and our forefront on the game of capitalism, I find it necessary that we all find a way to survive circumstances where an existence of government could be obsolete. We know about how successful empires like the Romans, the Spaniards and even the Germans all crashed and burned due to their unsustainable paths.

What of the corn, soy, and wheat? How do they affect our soil? What of the wars, injustice and greed? How do they affect our communities? There has been a forgotten concept of purpose. Why do we eat? Why do we dress? Why do we work? Why do we build the homes they way we do? We have monocultures because it is the only way we know how to grow food. And we have war,greed and injustice because it is the only way we know how to regulate power. We eat because it is tasty instead of nutritious. We work because it is profitable and not helpful. We dress because it is fashionable and not functional. And we build homes because they are popular and not structural.

As Americans, we are very opinionated. But when do we question our own values? How do we see ourselves in our own communities? How do our decisions affect other people? How can we change what needs to be changed as individuals? The purpose of this blog is to reflect and define why we are the being we are today and how we can make our existence more meaningful.

As an idealist, I hope to gain a diversity of insight and opinions with this web opportunity.