Correctly Placing the Plant

October 6th, 2004 · No Comments · Writing


The main difference between a landscape architect and someone who doesn’t think of themselves as a landscape architect is that the L.A. has the courage to tell other people where to put the plants. A choreographer is someone who has the chutzpah to tell dancers where to put their bodies.

No permission is needed.

No degree, special training, acknowledgment, high regard or award is required. Those things are great, and they will help, however, the only thing that’s really needed is interest. I tell my students this in class. Any art student who is after a 4.0 is wasting their time because no-one will ever be interested in your gpa. They won’t even care if you graduated or not. All they’ll care about is if you can make work that blows them away. [I should note that I also tell my students if they change their mind and go into another field, like psychology, grades are back on the table big time.]

Most people get degrees in art because they don’t want the stress of wondering if someone else is better trained. This is valid; consider it stress management. One of the most important things for an artist to aware of is confidence management–this is rarely discussed. It’s important to manage and nurture your confidence, a tool that enables you to have that courage to boss around plants and dancers.

If you don’t have confidence, or it’s at an all time low (perhaps because of a bad art teacher, critic or a friend who is getting all the breaks), then adjust your work so that it’s less ambitious and you’re sure to succeed. When you get bored to tears with your simple successes then turn back up the heat. Good is good at any scale.

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