Art and Positive Thinking

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My focus is exploring, creating and reflecting upon the positives of life and connecting them to my art whether it be photography, pen and ink drawings, watercolour paintings, mixed media, digital media or any other possible media I dive into!

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Positively Japanese

Peaceful, manicured, green, round, meandering, trickling, all positively describe the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in Lethbridge.  The garden is for people who love to meander and contemplate as they amble on slow winding paths while enjoying green carefully manicured pines that show off the grace of the branches, gently trickling streams that refresh one's soul, slow flowing waterfalls, shallow ponds gently moving and touching perfectly flat and round rocks surrounding the wooden bridges and pagodas, and the dancing and rustling of maple and crab apple leaves.  A myriad of sounds, scents and sights soften and message one's spirit and stimulate one's senses!  Having never been to Japan, I felt like I was transported across the world to Japan while visiting the garden.  The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden's simplicity and tranquility positively activated my creativity, to take photographs throughout the jaunt and sketch leisurely from a carefully positioned large stone.

Nikko Yuko

Aumaya (Gazebo) and Friendship Bell
The friendship bell is a symbol of frienship between Japan and Canada.  The tone lasts for  2 minutes and10 seconds which sends out a message of goodwill and understanding. The weight of the bell holds the structure together!




Paper Umbrella

Rock and Trickle


Round and Flat

In Appreciation

Pagoda: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Sky

The pavilion was made with no nails!


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  1. Now I really wanna go see those gardens!!!
    Thanks for sharing such amazing photographs!

    Love the ones of Auntie Doris!

  2. They really are tranquil! Maybe take your teddy bear kit with you! You could make a Japanese bear!


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