One of the interesting elements of the Smart Creative Style course was that I realized what type of architecture I am drawn to. Through a series of exercises and clicks, I found the work of Paul R. Williams, an African American architect who began his work during the period of growth in Los Angeles in the 1920’s and 30’s. I started reading up and on him and found a fascinating revelation that speaks to me as an artist.
I knew he had to deal with serious prejudice but he faced racism head on but how he dealt with it is incredible. Here is an excerpt from the book, Classic Hollywood Style:
” When it was inappropriate for him to lean across the shoulder of a white person, he learned to draw upside down. This enabled him to sit on the other side of the desk, with the clients firmly planted a safe distance away on the other side, and as he asked what you would like in your home, he sketched it upside down.”
UPSIDE DOWN!!! He practiced this technique at night. This book was filled with his attention to detail and excellence in every image. I am awe struck by his story, his work and his dedication. He had an illustrious career and yet I can’t get this detailed part of his journey out of my head.
He figured out what he needed to do and did it.
No one was guiding him or telling him how to be a success in 3 easy steps. No one offered him a webinar to learn how he could gain 10,000 followers in 6 weeks. He couldn’t google “how to deal with white clients.” He figured out what he needed to do and he did it. I am truly inspired by Paul R. Williams.