日本庭園

日本庭園 or nihon teien means Japanese garden. In my search for the interesting, inspirational and beauty of life I think these need a mention. As places of such serene peace and stunning beauty that celebrate nature in a way that inspires, calms and lifts us up. During the hectic days when we forget to stop and take in the world around us, perhaps we could at least pause to look at some pictures that demonstrate a human ode to the wonder of nature, be they flowers, rocks and so on. Here is a small collection for you to enjoy I hope it brings you an element of peace and inspiration:

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

I don’t profess to know much about art and probably what I do know you could put on the back of a postage stamp. In any case though, should it matter? Isn’t artistic taste subjective? As Henry David Thoreau said in the quotation above. I do know what I like however and one of my favourite artists is Paul Gauguin. I do not think I possess the words to describe exactly how I feel when I see his paintings but there is something about the colours and technique he uses that I find inspirational and uplifting.

As someone said, a picture is worth a thousand words, so let Gauguin speak for himself. Here are some of my personal favourites:

So vibrant and colourful it really warms my soul to look at such beauty. A wonderful variety of different subjects demonstrating a rare versatility. I hope like me, you will find an escape in Gauguin’s perception of reality.

I’ll end this little piece with a portrait of the man himself:

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