Contrast of Shape

 

 

 

 

Zen gardens are a place for contemplation and meditation. The garden at the Shobo-ji Temple is built up from a combination of contrasting shapes. Geometric spherical bushes, triangular roofs and rough organic rocks all float in a sea of raked white gravel.

The arrangement is natural and informal, but because of the careful pruning, trimming and raking, appears very controlled. “Though inspired by nature, it is an interpretation rather than a copy; it should appear to be natural, but it is not wild.”(1)

Shoboji Temple – Kyoto, Japan

(1) D and M. Young, The Art of the Japanese Garden, Tuttle Publishing 2011, p. 20

John Lovett

 

John Lovett is an Australian artist working in oils, watercolor and mixed media. Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” magazine.      

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