The Craft(s)

A Painter

Yvette Molina mesmerizes me. She really does. I like the feeling her paintings evoke, the getting lost in the moment.

I really like these colors, Last Night
I really like these colors, "Last Night"

Take a few minutes to look at her work and go deep into her woods, her shadows, her mist.

The Architects

There is some truly dazzling work to be found at Mass Studies. A firm located in South Korea. Take a special look at the project entitled the Gourd Tower Matrix and the Honeycomb Matrix, all I can say is wow.

Work at entirely different level, I spent a long time here and still feel as though I had just started to look around.

Here’s a different project called Air Forest:

Air Forest
Air Forest


If you’re anything like me-an inquiring kind of Designer here’s another one of those sites where you can “waste” a lot of time. There is more here about Alchemy located in one pace than you could ever need.

Alchemy is a complex subject with many different interconnected aspects. Many people still only think of the quest of the philosophers’ stone to change base metals into gold. On this web site you will be able to explore the riches of alchemical texts, some of which are wonderful works of allegorical literature, delve into its amazing, beautiful and enigmatic symbolism, and ponder its underlying hermetic philosophy, which holds a picture of the interconnection of the Macrocosm and Microcosm.

Courses, texts, bibliographies, histories, imagery, etc., it’s all here:

An image of the astrologer consulting the heavens. From Robert Fludds Utriusque cosmi historia, Vol II.
An image of the astrologer consulting the heavens. From Robert Fludd's Utriusque cosmi historia, Vol II.

Digging through here I am sure you can find something even if it’s highly symbolic that will be appropriate to bring into a garden design somewhere down the road. I love the images though and it’s fun to look at that type of illustration.

We Doodlers

A fun site called Doodlers Anonymous where doodlers work from all over the world wide web is looked at and open to study.

What I liked is what a doodler considers what doodling is to them. Let’s just say for a lot of folks it’s more than drawing stickmen. Good fun!

The Designer

Mike Rhode is a sketcher of great excellence anyone who comes here to enjoy what I have been sketching will enjoy looking at Mikes work. He’s got some real talent.

Mike Rhode is thinking
Mike Rhode is thinking

Take a good look at this entry of one of his sketchbooks from a conference he recently attended. It’s a look into a designers mind as they think, through writing and imagery.

I really wish there was some more of this out there, it’s powerful stuff and i think it’s a great writing tool.


Finally everything you ever wanted to know about sheds, from a website across the pond in England. Get to building!

Happy investigating!

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

1 comment

  1. I found the ‘Mike Rhode is thinking’ picture funny. Yvette Molina’s painting seem very interesting. Anyway, thanks for sharing.

    You are quite welcome, thanks for stopping by, and thanks for commenting-hope you continue to hang around.

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