R. Buckminster Fuller was a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary born on July 12, 1895. Dedicating his life to making the world work for all of humanity, Fuller operated as a practical philosopher who demonstrated his ideas as inventions that he called “artifacts.” He worked as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist’ to solve global problems surrounding housing, shelter, transportation, education, energy, ecological destruction, and poverty.
His most well known artifact, the Geodesic Dome, has been produced over 300,000 times worldwide. In this painting, I pay tribute to his ingenious dome construct, as well as his continuing influence on our planet today.
When I was in college, my sister and her husband had two macaws, a scarlet and a green. Being around those big, amazingly smart, beautiful birds is what inspired this painting. I tried to capture all the types of parrots in South America in the painting, so that anyone who saw it would be just as struck by their colorful feathers and their intelligent gazes as I always have been.
One of my favorite online sites for posting my opinions is TED’s “Conversations.”
What is TED? According to their website, “TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference and TEDGlobal — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations…” and much more. “TED conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).” Continue reading →
Yes, the planet is too hot and it’s getting hotter fast. If you don’t join the rush to keep things cool, you’re ignorant or lazy. Global warming — or call it climate change — will become the major issue as things get worse, much worse, in the very near future. Continue reading →
This Spanish castle, with its fishing boats at anchor beside the sea wall, makes me think of the cool damp of dawn on the seashore. Soon the fishermen will go down to their boats and head out to sea to earn their day’s keep. The shadows are still deep in the lee of the turrets and the bay is so calm that the boats ride quiet with their anchor lines slack. Continue reading →