extreme simplicity


The Grand Duchesses were charming - the picture of freshness and health. It would have been difficult to find four sisters with characters more dissimilar and yet so perfectly blended in an affection which did not exclude personal independence, and, in spite of contrasting temperaments, kept them a most united family. With the initials of their Christian names they had formed a composite Christian name, otma, and under this common signature they frequently gave their presents or sent letters written by one of them on behalf of all. I am sure I shall be forgiven for allowing myself the pleasure of recording some personal memories here - memories which will enable me to recall these girls in all the bloom and spontaneous enthusiasms of their youth. I might almost say their childhood. For these were girls who fell victims to a dreadful fate at a time when others are blossoming into womanhood. In short, the whole charm, difficult though it was to define, of these four sisters was their extreme simplicity, candour, freshness, and instinctive kindness of heart.

- Pierre Gilliard : Thirteen Years at the Russian Court


david shrigley is one of my favourite artists. his work is pretty much the opposite of everything else i like–he does (or the bulk of his work is) very simple marker drawings that are strange and full of dark humour and, to his admission, aren’t drawn very well. but as an artist he’s extremely genuine in his simplicity, and the way he treats art and the process of making art is so refreshing and so honest and completely devoid of bullshit. i watch talks and interviews with him every few months both because he’s just quietly very funny and cute, but because he also helps reset myself.

this is a rather long talk of his from 2009 which is really good

if you want something shorter, there’s david shrigley on vice (not vice the website,) a day in the life of david shrigley and david shrigley interview-welcome to my studio 

[nb: those are all listed from longest to shortest]

If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.
—  Ponlop Rinpoche

Wow, people seemed to really like this little house. :) I’m flattered. Thank you for all the comments/likes/reblogs. :)

Anyway, I finished it up today, so have its floor plans and some interiors. It is literally just a 10x10 box with a gable roof, a couple dormers, and a deck on the front (because the beach is across the street from where this house sits), but there’s just something about the chalet style that’s cute despite its extreme simplicity. I also tend to like two-story spaces, being a bit of a claustrophobe in real life, and chalets lend themselves well to that. 

I just wish that it was possible to “paint” the inside of roofs, so that places like this, with a half-story loft, don’t have big white slabs of under-roof showing when you take pictures with the walls and roof up. In builds like this, you can’t use ceiling to hide it because that would defeat the whole purpose of the multi-story space. :) But beggars can’t be choosers, I guess. Have to work with what we’re given.

Now to decide…Do I want to just play the game or do I want to build more stuff….? Hmmmmmmm….