Author Scott M B Gustafson

Council of Elders

We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, and winding streams with tangled growth, as “wild.” Only to the white man was nature a “wilderness” and only to him was the land “infested” with “wild” animals and “savage” people. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery. Not until the hairy man from the east came and with brutal frenzy heaped injustices upon us and the families we loved was it “wild” for us. When the very animals of the forest began fleeing from his approach, then it was that for us the “Wild West” began.

Chief Luther Standing Bear
Oglala band of Sioux

// posted from the field //


Visual Lollipops

Visual Lollipops

Despite what books like “Why Do Architects Wear Black?” and Archdaily’s post on acceptable dress codes might make one think about other members of my profession, I love color and avoid monochromic buildings, outfits and neighborhoods at every opportunity. For graphic presentations finding the right color combinations can sometimes be tough, especially for diagrams that need visual pop and quick legibility. Sites like Colour Lovers can be helpful, but I found a better shortcut.

For sketching, I rely on Copic markers when I need to add a highlight. The other day I was looking at their markers online and liked the sample colors on their website. I thought this range would be very helpful for presentations I do digitally in Revit or Illustrator. With a little conversion and clean up, I turned the webpage into a 6 page document that I can reference anytime I need.

You can download the full PDF here.

I haven’t converted each swatch into RGB or CMYK values – so you’ll have to do some legwork yourself. But hopefully you’ll find this useful, and if nothing else, just pleasing to look at.







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Life Lessons


Sunset in Ojai

You mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else. What you must do is this:

Rejoice evermore.

Pray without ceasing.

In everything give thanks.

I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.

Wendell Berry

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