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The Being of the Arts
Translated by Reg Down
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For those interested in the spiritual aspects of the arts Reg Down has translated Rudolf Steiner's "The Being of the Arts."
In what was announced as a lecture Steiner instead began to tell an extraordinary tale. It begins with two women standing in a stark and frozen landscape: one experiences the bitter cold, the other the extraordinary beauty. Both fall asleep, but while one falls into a sleep on the verge of death, the other is approached out of the sunset by a youth who says: ‘You are art’. She then undergoes a powerful set of experiences. Today we might call them vivid dreams, but that would be too passive. They are more than dreams; she performs deeds and becomes the bearer of mighty, creative impulses for the future.
This tale, told in 1909, has lost none of its originality and vividness. It is as relevant and powerful as when it was first told. It presents the reader with a series of images and beings drawn directly from the spiritual world, but in such a way that, through art, a bridge is built between the spiritual and earthly worlds.
This edition is freshly translated by Reg Down, with a foreword and end notes containing illustrations and photographs of subjects and works of art mentioned in the course of the tale.
Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart
A Natural Approach to Learning the Art of Drawing
Hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations
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This beautiful book is so packed with the richness of life and a zest for beauty that the fact that it is also the best guide to learning how to draw and teaching children to draw that I've ever seen comes almost as a surprising bonus. As you feast your eyes on one delightful, beautiful drawing after another, you can't help but be inspired to try your own hand at drawing, and to pass along what you learn. But, remarkably, this is only part of the genius of Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart.
Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart is a comprehensive and practical guide to the art of drawing and to the process of visual thinking that is part of our full human intelligence. More than 500 illustrated exercises and examples—collected and developed over many years of Waldorf classroom experience—show teachers, parents, and students how to learn to draw simply and naturally, as a child would learn to draw.
The introduction examines contemporary research on brain development and its relationship to learning, showing how the process of picture making contributes to the development of visual thinking. An overview follows about how children learn to draw and how their visual intelligence can be engaged through age-appropriate drawing exercises. Many useful examples of form drawing, portraiture, and geometric and perspective drawing illustrate the art and science of drawing for students of all ages and ability levels.
Van James also provides samples of inspiring blackboard drawings and main lesson book pages for teachers and students and includes an informative appendix on therapeutic drawing, a bibliography of resources, and an index. Includes 576 color and black and white illustrations.
Seeing - Experiencing - Understanding
Richly illustrated in full colour
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Colour gives readers a delightfully illustrated introduction to the world of colors. Packed with full-color images, it leads from perception to understanding and from experience to practice. This book is ideal for parents, teachers and anyone who wishes to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the phenomenon of color.
Beginning with simple sensory experiences and experiments, the author leads readers to an understanding of colors, rainbows, and color circles (as created by Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, and Harald Küppers). He provides simple but vivid explanations of the basic colors, the complementary colors, and the mystery of colored shadows. He also offers commentary on the psychology and mythology of colors and demonstrates connections between them, the planets and the signs of the zodiac
Colour Pathways for the Soul
Process Inspired Painting and Drawing
Interactive PDF with multi-link features on CD-rom
Includes over a hundred example paintings and drawings in full color
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Colour Pathways for the Soul may well constitute the best use of pdf media ever presented to the world. Cläre Kunze's beautiful book would, in the world of paper printing, cost several time's its current price in order to render each painting or drawing in all her exercises and examples at a size and quality that would be both informative and inspiring. By choosing to print her book in electronic format, she has accomplished sending her extraordinary teaching out into the world with beauty and inspiration and at a price that can reach many more of us than if it were printed on paper.
The content of her book is wonderful to behold. I have never encountered a better explanation of the conversational, soul building, heart opening qualities that are truly what anthroposophical painting and drawing is all about. When one listens with love to the colors and forms that emerge on paper, beauty springs forth with a joy that makes the heart sing. Cläre's teaching takes you into this world and gives you the process and instruction you need to set on on this journey of discovery and growth.
You'll also find her explorations of Goethe's color theory and its role in Steiner's artistic impulse to be very clear and warm, and her understanding of this form of art and its potential for world healing to be both deep and true.
This book is a gift which we hope will move many toward the world of color, form, and heart-opened listening.
Table of Contents:
Instructions for Use
- Painting as 'soul building'
- The importance of J.W. Goethe's colour theory for transformative painting today
- Picture pages and practice sequences
- On contemplative drawing
- Art and Salutogenesis. Drawing plants
- Educating the imagination
About the Author
The Individuality of Colour
Contributions to a Methodical Schooling in Colour Experience
Elisabeth Wagner-Koch and Gerard Wagner
Foreword by Sregei O. Prokofieff
Translation by Peter Stebbing
Hardbound, hundreds of full color illustrations
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“What is postulated here is not the dogmatic laying down of a way of working. Rather the aim is to make evident one possible means of access to an experience of the color world ... and guide actual practice to Rudolf Steiner’s sketch motifs—to their eminent educational power—for we recognize in them a path that can become of great significance to the developing human soul.” (from the introduction)
This unique workbook describes the early stages of training for painters, teachers, as well as for beginners. The stages are based on recommendations by Rudolf Steiner for the development of a renewed art of painting for our time. The book draws on Steiner’s indications for teaching painting in the first Waldorf school, his lectures on color and art, and sketches he made for painters. Together, they form a self-contained system of exercises for a new, spiritually alive art.
- Line, Black and White Drawing and Colour
- On Painting Instruction in Schools
- Basic Requirements of a Training Path
- Pictorial Art in the Service of Human Education
- The Working Together of Three Colours - Yellow-Blue-Red
- Measure, Number and Weight
- The Training Motifs of Rudolf Steiner
- The Sun Motif
- The Four Elements
- What Is Balance?
- The Directions of Space and Their Inherent Qualities
- The Tree Motif
- Image Colours and Lustre Colours
- The Moon Motif
- The Animal Motif
- The Plant Motif
- The Motif of the Human Being
- The Cosmic Colour Circle
Workbook for watercolour painting and colour therapy
Hardbound, beautifully and clearly presented with hundreds of color illustrations and photos
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Way back in the day, when our own children were first embarking on their Waldorf journey, I longed to be able to learn how to use watercolor paints and discover the wonders of color itself through them. Unfortunately for me, there was no possibility of my taking time out from our home and children to attend art classes and absolutely nothing was in print that could serve as a tutor at home. From what we've heard over the years, many of you have felt the same way -- and those of you who've written to ask know how reluctantly we've answered that what they are looking for really didn't exist.
It is with both relief and joy that we can announce the arrival of Colour Dynamics, the first really complete, beautifully and clearly illustrated, step-by-step workbook for discovering the life and mysteries of color on one's own. For me, it is a dream come true: a thorough tutorial that anyone can use as the foundation for a lifetime of color exploration through the medium of watercolor.
Of course, Colour Dynamics' usefulness extends well beyond parents at home: teachers and therapists will find it both refreshing and deepening; teenagers may well develop a passion for color through it, too. This book has truly raised the bar for artistic instruction as available through the printed page. Both the publisher and the author are due whatever accolades come their way as a result of this wonderful text.
In the case of this book, the journey of a thousand paintings can begin with a single stroke of your brush. It is wonderful!
Highly recommended for adults and teenagers.
- Techniques (for both wet-on-wet and veiled painting)
- Part One
- Exploring Colours
- Painting the Rainbow
- Combining Colours
- Part Two
- Complementary Colours
- Painting with Complementary Colours
- Why do Colours Clash?
- Part Three
- The Colour Circle
- Enhancing Colours
- The Polarity of Red and Blue - A New Colour Circle
- Part Four
- Sunrises, Sunsets: The Interplay of Light and Darkness
- Sunrises and Sunsets as Achetypes: Painting Out of Colour
- Colour Dynamics: A New Language of Colour
- Part Five
- Colour Through History: A Brief Overview
- Colour Now: Ways to Use this Book
- About the Author
- Quotations and References
- Credits and Illustrations
- Suggestions for Further Reading
The Secret Language of Form
Visual Meaning in Art and Nature
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As background information for anyone teaching art, The Secret Language of Form just can't be beat. The pleasures of discovery that lie within this book are so exhilarating that you may want a cup of soothing herb tea alongside so that you won't interrupt yourself too often by jumping up and singing for happiness.
Van James has explored form as it emerges from nature and finds its way into art and from there into the human soul. His journey into the heart of meaning as we humans find it among the many forms Creation has given us constitutes a tour through an Earthly-Cosmic landscape that is at once always grounded yet never removed from spiritual reality. Hundreds of photos, drawings, and paintings greet you to illustrate each illuminate each of the author's observations; and, to evoke wonder and awe in your own heart. This is a feast of beautiful awakening.
Visit this book again and again, to study closely, to keep at hand for those times when inspiration seems far away, for surely you will find it anew within its pages.
Part One: The Formative Nature of Art
- Primal Images
- Archetypal Images
- Curve and Straight Line: The Alphabet of Form
- Point and Dot: Origin
- Circle and Spiral: Wholeness and Eternity
- Chevron, Zigzag and Lattice: Patterns of Humanity
- Ladder, Spine and Tree: The Ascent
- Symmetry: The Lawfulness of Balance
- Cross and Swastika: Death and Transformation
- Archetypal Themes in Art<
- Mandala: Picture of the Universal Self
- Labyrinth and Maze: Journey to the Center of the Universe
- Thread and Knot: The World Weaves
Part Two: The Formative Art of Nature
- The Essential Gesture
- The Open Secret
The Esoteric Meaning of Raphael's Paintings
The Philosophy of Composition in The Disputa, The School of Athens, The Transfiguration
Giorgio I Spadaro
Includes full-color plates of each painting as well as black-and-white line drawings
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Step into three of Raphael's most well-known and also most complex paintings and discover the artist's language that reveals deep truths and relationships both human and divine. Just a glance at any of these paintings quickly reveals that geometry plays an enormous role in the composition, but Spadaro goes well beyond the superficial concept of "balance of composition" to reveal that each degree of placement and it's counterparts carry a deep, often sacred, message to humanity. And he does much more than even this (as if this weren't enough!): He identifies each and every character in these paintings that are so filled with people, introduces us to their story and then paints with his words and drawings the infinitely rich tapestry that their lives contribute, in just that very spot, at just that very moment, to the sum total that each marvelous painting then becomes.
This book is a joy - the work of a master about the work of a master.
Art and Human Consciousness
Preface by Konrad Oberhuber, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
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This survey of Western art from Ancient Egypt to Picasso looks at visual art in a rich and imaginative way. Gottfried Richter’s lively and penetrating observations will inspire and enthuse the novice, while breathing new life into the thinking of art critics and historians.
Richter concerns himself broadly with architecture, sculpture, and painting—as well as mythology and legend—in presenting the creations of artist and architect as an expression of the evolution of human consciousness. In vivid images he offers the reader interpretive keys to understand this process in all areas of art history.
With many examples the author illustrates how human life has undergone a qualitative transformation as humanity has gradually freed itself from a life determined by spiritual guidance in order to take hold of the sensory world and experience free individuality.
NB: Richter was an expert in Western art, and his few comments about Eastern art, in my opinion, miss the point. Additionally, there are a few places in his discourse where more information is now known or understood than was available to him at the time of writing. Keeping these two things in mind, this is nonetheless an exciting and invigorating journey through Western artistic creation, and a really great book. It was my personal doorway into a lively appreciation of art, and that introduction is something that has continues to enrich and bless my life.
Art as Spiritual Activity
Rudolf Steiner's Contribution to the Visual Arts
Edited and Introduced by Michael Howard
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It's hard to know where to focus my enthusiasm for this volume: whether to rest it upon Michael Howard's extensive introduction (over 100 pages) to the world of Rudolf Steiner's expression of the visual arts or upon the ten seminal lectures by Steiner himself, touching as they do upon everything from the nature of aesthetics to the specifics of painting, sculpture, architecture and more. Perhaps the best I can say is that if you've ever wondered or wanted to know more about the artistic impulse behind Anthroposophic art, this is the ideal place to begin your journey. It's hard for me to imagine anyone regretting it.
Physical and Spiritual Experience of Color
Therapeutic and Artistic Aspects
Illustrated in color and black and which, including black & white contrast plates for prism experiments.
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Lois Schroff's Physical and Spiritual Experiences of Color: Its Therapeutic and Artistic Aspects contains her further investigation into the mysterious realm of color and follows her earlier book, Color: Its Relationship to Soul and Spirit (2003). Since 1977, she has been teaching Liane Collot d'Herbois's veil painting method based on the color theories of Rudolf Steiner and J. W. von Goethe. She has also produced a DVD that demonstrates this technique, Spirit in Watercolor (1992).
The present book traces the author's path of inquiry and discovery in the realm of color, delving into the relationship of art, science, adn religion. She explores theories of color and the interactions of light, darkness and color. These explorations lead to a deepening understanding of the activity in the human soul and how color can be used therapeutically.
Schroff speaks to every human beingand also adds some guiding thoughts for artists. The book includes five of her watercolor paintings, numerous illustrations, and five appendices covering Goethe's prism exercies, the evolution of color perception, green and magenta as spirit and soul, visible elements and invisible ethers, and color intervals and tips for artists. An extensive bibliography encourages further research.
This is a beautiful culmination of Lois's work and artistic comprehension. Highly recommended!
Spirit in Watercolor - DVD
Goethe's Color Theory Applied
A companion to the book Color - It's Relationship to Soul and Spirit
Includes step-by-step instruction and demonstration in veil painting
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When one thinks clearly about darkness, light and color, it is obvious that their existence is not dependent upon the physical. Darkness and light are primal spiritual phenomena, and the world of color and soul are the result of their interaction."
- Lois Schroff
Lois Schroff has done something that many of us have been hoping someone would do - she has put a class in watercolor veil painting on video so that all those who long for a painting class but do not have a way to attend one can learn this healing and enlivening technique.
This video is the perfect companion to Schroff's book, which contains detailed descriptions and clear black & white photos of the veil painting process. Because painting is a fluid, moving activity, Spirit in Watercolor picks up the instruction where Color - Its Relationship to Soul and Spirit leaves off.
It is with joy and gratitude to Lois Schroff that we offer her video in our shop.
Its Relationship to Soul and Spirit
Includes illustrated step-by-step instruction in Collot d'Herbois veil painting technique! Suitable for beginners, teachers and expert artists.
Profusely illustrated in color and black-and-white.
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Lois Schroff's Color - Its Relationship to Soul and Spirit highlights the amazing depth of knowing that lies behind the beautiful paintings of watercolorist Liane Collot d'Herbois, whose application of the color theories of Rudolf Steiner and of J. W. von Goethe, together with her overall understanding of anthroposophical principles, are very much in evidence in her paintings. Lois Schroff has been teaching and painting in this method since 1977, following extensive studies with Collot d'Herbois.
Schroff delves into the mysteries of color, light, and darkness from artistic, scientific and esoteric perspectives. With a detailed "how to" section on the specifics of the Collot watercolor technique, this is nevertheless a book not only for painters, but for everyone interested in color. This edition of the book is expanded by new material based on the author's recent years of teaching and study and by color illustrations of paintings by both Collot d'Herbois and Schroff. An extensive bibliography encourages further research.
- mysteries of light, color, and darkness
- the relationship of light, color and darkness to thinking, feeling and willing
- watercolor painting instruction in the manner of Liane Collot d'Herbois
- dark/light exercises
- prism experiments of J.W. von Goethe
Color and Gesture
The Inner Life of Color
"Phonebook" length - with hundreds of line drawings by the author
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Reg Down's Color and Gesture is a monumental work that explores in depth and with beauty the inner life of color as expressed through eurythmy and Rudolf Steiner's spiritual vision. What appears is a world of incredible richness, depth and beauty in the most common, unlikely and unexpected of places: that of gesture. Gesture reveals the human soul, and the fabric of the soul is color; as a result, we find that the souls' infinite expressiveness, with all its goodness, pathos, waywardness and humor, is intimately woven through with color experiences.
When we approach gesture via color, we discover whole gesture families, with, at times, the most unforeseen of bedfellows. We gain new insights into soul gestures, acting gestures, animal, planetary and zodiac gestures. The underlying eurythmic gestures of speech and music are also explored, and we learn to expreience how the color chords and underlying gesure are themselves a structured, musically-ordered language.
When we approach color via gesture, we find inner laws, relationships and dynamics that allow us to gain, via artistic activity, not only a deeper understanding of color as a whole, but also a conscious foothold in the astral and etheric worlds.
~ from the author's description with additions of my own - this is an amazing book!
A Primer of Basic Forms for Artists, Designers and Architects
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Teachers, parents, artists and design professionals can all find something to love in Jon Allen's Drawing Geometry. Here, in clean, clear drawings with step-by-step instructions, are the secrets of constructing a myriad of plane geometric forms. If you've never had the joy of discovering how a compass can transform paper and pencil into blossoming flowers of form, this book will introduce you to the magic and wonder of it all. If you've already mastered geometric construction, you'll love Allen's book even more - here in one volume lie the keys to the kingdom.
Truly a delight - do enjoy, whether with your students or for yourself!
Goethe & Palladio
Goethe's study of the relationship between art and nature, leading through architecture to the discovery of the metamorphosis of plants
David Lowe/Simon Sharp
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The poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had to wait many years before he was able to travel south to Italy, "the land where the lemon trees bloom." He had gained success in several fields, but he had a sense of being trapped and confined and felt a need for light. Italy would give this to him in a number of ways.
Taking as their basis Goethe’s Italian Journey, the authors of this fascinating and unusual study explore how Goethe’s experience of Palladio’s architecture influenced his view of the relationship between art and nature in general and, in particular, helped him form his understanding of metamorphosis, leading to his discovery of the “archetypal plant.”
In his carefully written account of his travels, Goethe seems to oscillate between experiences of architecture and experiences of nature. In nature, he searched for the "archetypal plant," the essential form whose metamorphosis through time would produce the plant we see in its cycle from seed to fruit. In the art and architecture of antiquity and in Palladio’s classical reformulation of it, he tried to understand the purpose and function of artistic creation.
Until now, no one has put these two together. David Lowe and Simon Sharp show for the first time how these seemingly unrelated subjects are related—how the living geometries and volumes of harmoniously proportioned buildings, the “great idea” of architecture, can lead to the intuition of similar principles in nature.
David Lowe and Simon Sharp have worked together for twenty-one years. One of their first projects was the recreation of Goethe’s Italian Journey. They have given numerous workshops and presentations on the subject in the U.S. and U.K., including The British Museum, the German Embassy, and the Edinburgh Festival.
This is must-reading for anyone interested in Goethe's ideas on plants and metamorphosis.
Art as Seen in the Light of Mystery Wisdom
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This was the first book of Steiner on art that I read, and it remains a favorite. Steiner's departure point is the former union of art, science and religion found in the ancient holy Mysteries - a union that nourished culture and civilization throughout millenia. Steiner's wide-ranging lecutres offer spiritual insight into the world of modern and ancient art. His themes include the relation of art to technology, the moral experience of the worlds of color and music, and the legendary Norwegian Dream Song of Olaf Åsteson. He also speaks of the relationship between the arts of architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry and eurythmy and the various aspects of the human being. Altogether, these lectures are a rhapsodic tour de force of the true nature of art.
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In these lectures, Steiner begins with Goethe's Theory of Color, and discusses how moral effect of color upon human beings. He focuses particularly on the effect of color on human feeling and upon the health and well-being of the observer. Steiner lays the foundation for a practical technique for working with color based on the distinction between "image" and "luster" colors. It is this technique that paved the way for a new direction in the visual arts. Colour is the most comprehensive compilation in English of Steiner's insights into the nature of color, painting and artistic creation. A truly seminal work that is also fascinating to read.
Painting in Waldorf Education
Dick Bruin and Attie Lichthart
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Painting in Waldorf Education is an exciting and much-longed-for resource for teachers and parents. This extraordinary book was written by two experienced Waldorf teachers from Holland who present the rationale as well as detailed practical exercises for teaching painting from Kindergarten through the grades and high school years. At last! a step-by-step presentation of the 'how' of a painting lesson (beginning with observation and other preparatory exercises for students that are also wonderful for adults!). That the fundamental 'why' and 'when' questions are also answered makes Painting in Waldorf Education a resource that will be used often and remain in use for many, many years to come.
Included with the book is a CD Rom containing sixty-two color and black and white images.
New Eyes for Plants
A Workbook for Observing and Drawing Plants
Margaret Colquhoun and Axel Ewald
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This gorgeous book presents one of the finest ways to get to know and understand the life of plants and their relationship to the world and to us. Approached with a sensitive artistry, the reader is guided through exercises and examples that unveil the vibrancy of plantlife as they refine one's artistic skills. If you have ever longed to really "see" plants in their fullness, this book will guide your way.
Drawing from the Book of Nature
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Drawing from the Book of Nature does double-duty as a book that is about both drawing and the natural world of plant and animal. Here is a wonderful resource for teachers, students or anyone wishing to develop their capacity for the artistic observation of natural phenomena.
Dennis Klocek, with his refreshing combination of depth and clarity, offers a wealth of insight into the lives of plants and animals. His text is enhanced with step-by-step lessons to help the reader bring the kingdoms of nature to life on paper.
The Power of Limits
Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art, and Architecture
Softbound, Large format, profusely illustrated
NOTE: Imperfect copies currently discounted on the clearance page.
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One of the delights of life is the discovery and rediscovery of patterns of order and beauty in nature - the designs revealed by slicing through a head of cabbage or an orange, the forms of shells and butterfly wings. These images are awesome not just for their beauty, but because they suggest an order underlying their growth, a harmony existing in nature. What does it mean that such and order exists; how far does it extend?
The Power of Limits begins with such simple discoveries of harmony and goes on to investigate and measure hundreds of patterns -- ancient and modern, minute and vast. Doczi's discovery, vividly illustrated here, is that certain proportions occur over and over again in all these forms. Patterns are also repeated in how things grow and are made -- by the dynamic union of opposites -- as demonstrated by the spirals that move in opposite directions in the growth of a plant.
The joining of unity and diversity in the discipline of proportional limitations creates forms that are beautiful to us because they embody the principles of the cosmic order of which we are a part; conversely, the limitlessness of that order is revealed by the strictness of its forms. The author shows how we, as humans, are included in the universal harmony of form, and suggests that the union of complementary opposites may be a way to extend that harmony to the psychological and social realms as well.
I personally see The Power of Limits as a revelation of the beauty and wisdom of limitation itself. Each form is limited by its inner orderly nature as well as outer, imposed limitations. Were such limitations not to exist, undifferentiated growth would manifest in everything and, frankly, beauty would never result; nor would function. And there would be no possibility of and form of self-awareness arising from such a cacophony as would result without limits. In other words, the harmony, order, and beauty that abounds everywhere would be impossible, as would human beings and nature itself as we know them.
I have lived with this book for almost 40 years and still find it one of the most profound studies ever published. It is as revealing and wise as the forms it studies - I hope many, many people are able to experience it.
NOTE: Imperfect copies currently discounted on the clearance page (scroll down to find them).