Ideas about Plants and Art: Azuma Makoto and the Japanese Approach

Still image from one of Azuma Makoto’s spectacular flower videos.

Still image from one of Azuma Makoto’s spectacular flower videos.

"Japanese people believe gods exist everywhere in nature, so we approach it with awe and reverence."

"When I confront plants, instead of looking at their color and form, I try to listen." 

Azuma Makoto in Architectural Digest

 

I love finding verification of my attraction to Asian ways of perceiving and creating in quotations like this one from the amazing flower artist Azuma Makoto! Such beautiful expressions. Art as essence and honoring. The divine is everywhere.
Sherri Silverman

 Image from @azumamakoto Instagram. Quotations found in an archdigest.com article. See also http://azumamakoto.com

Source: archdigest.com

Heal

Photo © Sherri Silverman. Healdsburg SHED, Healdsburg, CA.

Photo © Sherri Silverman. Healdsburg SHED, Healdsburg, CA.

Flowers make me happy and appear in some of my paintings and photography. Looking at beautiful things like flowers feels healing to my eyes and heart.

These are mostly ranunculus flowers with a single white calla lily at the Healdsburg Shed yesterday. So much vibrant beauty nourishment.

Had a lovely lunch outside from their larder takeout and also found in their shop area a wound healing salve I’d searched for with helichrysum. Wandered around a gallery, gardens, and a residential street. Artist date with myself, relaxing and gathering inspiration. Just noticed Healdsburg begins with “heal.”  Sherri Silverman