Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mono no aware

 Still longing for spring, so I painted some cherry blossoms last night.

10" x 8" x 0.5" acrylic on canvas
For painting inspiration, I looked at some old photos Nate took in Washington D.C.:

Wikipedia says that
In Japan, cherry blossoms also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life...

I can dig that.  It goes on to say that this concept is"mono no aware"
Mono no aware (物の哀れ?), literally "the pathos of things", and also translated as "an empathy toward things", or "a sensitivity to ephemera", is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常 mujō?), or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life.

Ain't that the truth.  Take in the clouds and blossoms of life while they last.

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