encapsulating the essence

“I’ve always loved the dry landscape gardens of the Zen Temples. In these tiny gardens a small rock in a raked area of sand may represent a mighty mountain in a vast ocean,
which in its simplicity encapsulates the essence of all mountains.”

Tony Smibert in Chapter 11 of Painting Landscapes from your Imagination.

loti19i

This second exercise in Chapter 11 was entitled “Using rocks to suggest mountains.” Tony describes how he developed a great affection for Japanese gardens during his travels in Japan and suggests using interesting rocks to create imagined mountainous landscapes. It just so happens that some years ago I produced four drawings of the Sino Himalayan Garden at VanDusen Botanical Gardens here in Vancouver.

Van Dusen ib    Van Dusen iib

Van Dusen iiib    Van Dusen ivc

Inspired by Tony’s exercise today I thought I would create an imagined landscape of mountains, sky and water using the drawings as a starting point.

loti19ii

loti19iii    loti19vi
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loti19iv    loti19v

Fortunately I didn’t leave these drawings behind thirty four years ago and it has been a treat to revisit them today, thanks to Tony’s exercise.

Worldwatercolormonth Day 19

5 comments

  1. Oh how you encourage me to remember never to leave anything behind (which drives the husband mad as I travel with things that might be helpful in some or other process and grieve when I lose things) … you just never know when they are going to need to be revisited – I love the original drawings and I love this rocky landscape which has me wondering which way I would be thrown in a boat on that water.

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