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'No one will understand a Japanese garden until you've walked through one, and you hear the crunch underfoot, and you smell it, and you experience it over time. Now there's no photograph or any movie that can give you that experience.' J. Carter Brown
These Japanese gardens are in Maulevrier in the south west of France. The gardens date back to the late 1800's, are meticulously well maintained by the local government, and are a major tourist attraction. In 1987, Japanese professors from the horticultural universities of TOKYO and NIIGATA recognized the 12 hectares of the classified site as 'Japanese- gardens inspired by the period EDO (XVI-XIX centuries)'.
Initially influenced by Chinese gardens and the guidelines of Feng ShuiJ, Japanese gardens can be designed with diverse intentions - in this particular case, as described by the official description - 'In this garden a group of rocks represents the mountain from which flows a head symbol of the birth. From the source to the pool, a small vivid stream evokes childhood, the pond evokes the period of doubt and indecision of adolescence, followed by the cascade symbolizing the physical and intellectual changes of this period. To reflect the problems of adult life, the stream which follows is meandering and the water is running, symbolizing active life. Finally, the central pond in the garden, the lake, represents old age and retirement, a calm and serene period, very important if we take into account the size of the lake compared to other periods. '
I set up my easel in the gardens along with some fellow painters, and painted this view over the water, ignoring the grander vista and focussing on the harmony in this fragment.
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Japanese Garden Painting

Jean David

France

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 9.4 W x 11.8 H x 0.4 D in

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'No one will understand a Japanese garden until you've walked through one, and you hear the crunch underfoot, and you smell it, and you experience it over time. Now there's no photograph or any movie that can give you that experience.' J. Carter Brown These Japanese gardens are in Maulevrier in the south west of France. The gardens date back to the late 1800's, are meticulously well maintained by the local government, and are a major tourist attraction. In 1987, Japanese professors from the horticultural universities of TOKYO and NIIGATA recognized the 12 hectares of the classified site as 'Japanese- gardens inspired by the period EDO (XVI-XIX centuries)'. Initially influenced by Chinese gardens and the guidelines of Feng ShuiJ, Japanese gardens can be designed with diverse intentions - in this particular case, as described by the official description - 'In this garden a group of rocks represents the mountain from which flows a head symbol of the birth. From the source to the pool, a small vivid stream evokes childhood, the pond evokes the period of doubt and indecision of adolescence, followed by the cascade symbolizing the physical and intellectual changes of this period. To reflect the problems of adult life, the stream which follows is meandering and the water is running, symbolizing active life. Finally, the central pond in the garden, the lake, represents old age and retirement, a calm and serene period, very important if we take into account the size of the lake compared to other periods. ' I set up my easel in the gardens along with some fellow painters, and painted this view over the water, ignoring the grander vista and focussing on the harmony in this fragment.

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Size:9.4 W x 11.8 H x 0.4 D in

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I’m Jean David, and I am an artist and art teacher. I have had a passion for painting and drawing all my life. These days, I will generally paint and draw anything that will be still enough for long enough to let me! I prefer to paint directly (ie with the actual subject matter in front of me, rather than a photo) either in the studio or out in the elements ‘en plein air’. To me, a well executed drawing or painting (mine or anyone else’s) can convey a truth more eloquently, an emotion or a feeling of human experience more truthfully than any other form of expression. I can still remember the first time I saw a Leonardo drawing in a text book – I was literally transfixed at how the world could be viewed in a different way other than how I had been brought up. To me, the Leonardo drawings were able to get directly to the heart of the matter, and disregard what he could not be bothered to ‘see’. Since my decision to become a full time artist some twenty something years ago, I have tirelessly pursued a goal to be able to just do it better. This has inevitable involved me going through a number of stages and phases, all of which have helped me acquire more experience and skills as I moved forward. It has long been touted that in order for an artist to develop, he/she needs to travel and experience different environments, so the journey is a physical one as well, and my wife (Isix) and I have lived in Australia, England, Wales, The Netherlands , Hong Kong and France, taking in many other countries along the way, including Spain, Portugal, Italy, Scotland, Germany, Croatia, Russia, Sweden, Crete, Fiji, New Caledonia.

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