Monthly Archives: July 2019

Wordless Wednesday: Crabgrass Springs Eternal

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The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Arizona

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The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix enjoys a Sister City relationship with Himeji, Japan. In 1987, the mayor of Himeji proposed building a classic Japanese garden in Phoenix to celebrate its friendship.

The garden is an oasis of serenity and beauty in the midst of the desert metropolis. Despite its location near a busy interstate freeway, bustle and stress are banned from the garden. Their photography policy forbids professional photo shoots during regular visiting hours. Casual photography is permitted, with the condition that it does not detract from the enjoyment of other patrons.

I did take a lot of pictures when my daughter Katie and I visited there last Friday evening, but I tried to be as unobtrusive as possible.

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This building houses the rest rooms–the prettiest rest rooms I’ve ever seen.

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My daughter Katie

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The Garden is also home to ducks.

The structures in the park bring to mind Japan’s rich history and culture. I especially admire the way the trees and bushes are pruned, like bonsai. They remind me of the artwork on Japanese scrolls. (Click on the smaller pictures to enlarge.)

And the pond! So carefully landscaped with plants and boulders and waterfalls!

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Japanese Friendship Garden; Phoenix Arizona

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But the stars of the pond are the koi who thrive there. Some are more than 18 inches long.

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Below is the Tea House. Traditional tea ceremonies are offered monthly.

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This sculpture represents the Shachi, a mythical creature with the face of a dragon and the body of a fish:

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I have no idea what these plants are, but I found them lovely and interesting:

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Close up of previous plant

The Japanese Friendship Garden is closed during the months of August and September, so I was glad we got to see it last weekend. It will be an especially lovely and tranquil spot to bring visitors from out of town.

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Monday Morning Wisdom #217

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Astonishment

From the Creator’s Heart #213

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From the Creator’s Heart #213

I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts–men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords (Psalm 57:4 NIV).

ICAD2019: Week 8

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Only five little paintings this week for the Index-Card-a-Day challenge and World Watercolor Month.

Day 50. This one is my favorite this week. The Day 20 prompt for World Watercolor Month was building, so I looked through my Architecture board on Pinterest for a pretty building to paint:

Day 51. The Day 21 prompt for World Watercolor Month was patterns:

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On Day 52 I watched a tutorial:

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Day 53:

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On Day 54 I watched another watercolor pencil tutorial, but I’m not thrilled with my rendition. I did, however, try a new (to me) technique: using the pencils to create a “palette.”

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There are only a few days left for the two challenges. I’ll wrap up next Saturday.

Creative Juice #148

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Creative Juice #148

“Beauty is truth; truth beauty.” ~John Keats

  1. It’s hard to love all your colors the same. Favorites emerge. What’s yours?
  2. How a massive sculpture for Burning Man was created.
  3. Award-winning bird photographs.
  4. And even more Audubon photographs.
  5. One watercolorist’s journey.
  6. A visit to the New York Botanical Garden.
  7. For the quilters: a Flying Geese shortcut.
  8. The amazing world of orchids.
  9. Lovely sketches of Phoenix attractions.
  10. Eye-catching suncatchers.
  11. This offer is so good it makes me want to move to an isolated Greek island.
  12. Merging drawing and photography.

In the Meme Time: Art Makes Life Better

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Art makes life better