Into The Garden

I’ve always liked gardens.  Whether it’s in a farm setting, a mishmash of flowers and fruit trees, orchards, or the dramatic settings of parks and botanical gardens.  One can be grateful for the bounty of growing food for the table or to find rest and refreshment while being in the midst of beauty and grandeur.  There’s something familiar, full and satisfying being among the lushness of a garden.  In Genesis, God created grass, herbs, fruit trees and called it all “good.”  In the Garden of Eden, man had every tree “pleasant to the sight and good for food.”  This was a world intended for sheer delight and endless provision.  I wonder how far we have strayed and yet in the midst of our lives, we have reminders, gifts really, that point us towards how it was meant to be.  Among the struggles of our busy days and countless hardships, I take pause to empty out my head, pray, get revitalized and received these encouraging words.

“The garden draws me in.  The breath-taking allure and grandeur of ancient trees are dappled with sunlight along the sloping  moist lush green grass. I feel small and yet so important because of His love for me, and for all of us.  Solitude under the giant canopies – trees of life, is noisy, bustling and yet full of peace and contentment.  It all reminds me of the hope that is to come.”

From the journal of Delro Rosco

Inspiration shots for some of the paintings.

Plant formations that inspired some of the imagery and line work in the paintings.

Plant formations that inspired some of the imagery and line work in the paintings.

 

Several afternoons at Nu‘uanu Park provided both rest and inspiration for the work.

Dapples of sunlight below the trees.

Dapples of sunlight below the trees.

The lushness of the grass and magnificent trees lured me in.

The lushness of the grass and magnificent trees lured me in.

Seeking shade under the beautiful trees at Nu‘uanu Park, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Seeking shade under the beautiful trees at Nu‘uanu Park, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Snapshots of the many layers in the nihonga works in progress from the latest series called Eden (click here to view final paintings).

Close-ups of Eden series of  works in progress.

Close-ups of Eden series of works in progress.

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