This gouache painting features a quote by Frank Lloyd Wright. I’ve always loved his words about form and function, which stand in slight contrast to his mentor’s take on how form and function relate to one another. Many remember Louis Sullivan’s quote “Form Ever Follows Function.” Sullivan’s ideal became a touchstone for many architects of the era, but as Wright grew and created independently of Sullivan, he ventured out in a different direction and is quoted as saying “Form and Function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” Both architects wanted their work to be artistically beautiful and functional. From my perspective, Wright’s quote speaks more to the bond between form and function, treating each with the importance it deserves, leaning into the idea that function can (and should) inspire and inform the artistic form, just like form can inspired function within nature.
I don't put down tape lines to make these straight lines, because they could ruin the more delicate gouache painting underneath. I use good old fashioned pencil and ruler for my work, and a lot of deep and steady breathing as I go. I use the side of my brush almost exclusively as I work on important straight lines because I'm relying on fewer points of contact by pulling a few side hairs of the brush along for contact, versus all of the uneven tips of the whole. Sometimes I'm more successful than others. When looking closely, you can see that many lines on my painting are not truly straight. To me, that shows the hand of the artist and represents our human “seeking of perceived perfection” metaphorically in the form of straight lines in nature, of which there are very few.