9. An Ecology of Art

Ashley Hancock: 9×11 pencil on paper, 2017. In chapter nine it talks about how art is created by the artist and the culture and scenery around them. By using their own surroundings as a subject they can convey their ideas, thoughts, and feelings about how they feel about a certain aspect in life.

“Any time is a good time to look up from the creek bed at your feet to the mountains at the horizon.”


– David Bayles

Where does art fit in the grand scheme of things?

5 Replies to “9. An Ecology of Art”

  1. At points in this chapter I was a bit confuse about what Ted was trying to get across to us. I understood that art is something that is inside of us like DNA and that it will awaken in us at one point or another. And when it does, we will be able to make art that we were always going to make. Art was always some where in history, whether it was a major part of history, like the renaissance or just in the back ground, art was there, and was very influential to society. Art has a little place in everyone and it grows and grows. Whether we allow it to grow and blossom or not is really up to you in the end. We have the choice and the ability to make wonderful art, we just need to unlock our potential and let it grow.

  2. I agree with Jenna. I was understanding everything for the most part about this book until this chapter came along. I didn’t really understand what Ted Orland was trying to say to us.
    One thing that I did understand was that we are “predisposed” to make art, but not everyone does it. That everyone has the potential to make art. And with this predisposition to make art, it has become part of our society, intertwined with the innermost workings. Unfortunately, the art mostly seen today is not there to benefit the community, but to, as I understood what Orland was saying, offer something to be judged on aesthetics. Today, we are just far too busy chasing frantically after our own lives. But within this frantic world, we need to create another little ‘habitat’ for our art to blossom and grow. Once we get there, the potential, as Jenna made note of, will hopefully become noticed and everything will begin from there.

  3. I’m glad I’m not the only one that thought this was confusing! But I did agree with the statement that art is basically encoded into our DNA. Everyone has a little artist in them, waiting to come out! Everyone does have the potential to make art, not matter what stages of life they are in at the moment. Maybe we all need to take an art class, huh?
    But seriously. I find it a little humorous that some people will say to me that they could never make art like I do, or like what a classmate said that, “people must want to ‘kill’ themselves when they look in your sketchbook.” It’s not like I’m trying to show up everyone, I’ve pushing myself towards pursuing a career in art since I was a child.

  4. I believe in art in your DNA. I like to draw and from that you could say I learned to get better. But I’ve never really taken classes out side school, and i only took the classes because I honestly didn’t have anything else I wanted to do. Art never been a big part of my life but yet I’m still good at it. I think some people are more gifted then others and some try harder to create something someone else did with no effort.

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