"In Your Style" - Nitobe Memorial Garden - 06-23-2014

This is a picture I took last week at the Nitobe Memorial Garden, Vancouver, BC.  An absolutely stunning garden!

The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a 2½ acre (one hectare) traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia, just outside the city limits of Vancouver, Canada. It is part of the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research.

One of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America, it honours Japanese author, educator, diplomat, and politician Nitobe Inazō (1862–1933), who died in Victoria, British Columbia (now the sister city of Nitobe's home town Morioka), and whose goal was "to become a bridge across the Pacific."

The garden has been the subject of more than fifteen years' study by a UBC professor, who believes that its construction hides a number of impressive features, including references to Japanese philosophy and mythology, shadow bridges visible only at certain times of year, and positioning of a lantern that is filled with light at the exact date and time of Nitobe's death each year. The garden is behind the university's Asian Centre, which is built with steel girders from Japan's exhibit at Osaka Expo.

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Please post your finished artwork in this discussion thread. We're looking forward to seeing the diversity in art created by one reference/inspiration photo!

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Nice job Jo and Pat. I'm hesitating on this one, but I'll give it a stab after my grand babies go back to their Moms. Thanks for your contributions!~~Wray~~

Here's my offering for the challenge.  9x12, Copic Ciao Art Markers.  This one took me two days!


Very nice Jayne!
Jayne Somogy said:

Here's my offering for the challenge.  9x12, Copic Ciao Art Markers.  This one took me two days!

Thank you Wray.....aww you have to give it a stab Wray...lol

Wraymona Low said:

Nice job Jo and Pat. I'm hesitating on this one, but I'll give it a stab after my grand babies go back to their Moms. Thanks for your contributions!~~Wray~~

Here is my contribution to the Nitobe Park Challenge.  My approach was a little different as it is painted (with acrylics) on a 3" wide x 10" long slab of pressed wood, so I had to elongate it!  Was fun to do, though.  It's a gorgeous park! ♥

Very nice Georgette! How did you fit that all on a 3" wide piece? You're amazing.... lol

Georgette Livingston said:

Here is my contribution to the Nitobe Park Challenge.  My approach was a little different as it is painted (with acrylics) on a 3" wide x 10" long slab of pressed wood, so I had to elongate it!  Was fun to do, though.  It's a gorgeous park! ♥

Pat -- I lied -- bad me.  It's actually 3 1/4" wide. :)   It was a challenge, but that's what this is, a challenge, right?  Love LOVE painting on wood this size.  Great for hanging (I staple twine/cord to the back) or sitting on a shelf.  Thin wood, so of course can be matted and framed. ♥

That 1/4" doesn't make that big of a difference...lol..........You are correct Georgette, that is def a challenge...lol.

blimmy this took me three days to complete just finished it  and I,me happy with it  hope you all like it too   so much to choose from these wonderful gardens  xxx

Lovely, Georgette!  And I can see how three AND A QUARTER inches would be quite adequate to paint this scene!  Ha, ha, ha, you're so silly!  xxoo

Georgette Livingston said:

Pat -- I lied -- bad me.  It's actually 3 1/4" wide. :)   It was a challenge, but that's what this is, a challenge, right?  Love LOVE painting on wood this size.  Great for hanging (I staple twine/cord to the back) or sitting on a shelf.  Thin wood, so of course can be matted and framed. ♥


This is really nice, Christine!  It is, indeed, a lovely garden with much to choose from.


christine stuart said:

blimmy this took me three days to complete just finished it  and I,me happy with it  hope you all like it too   so much to choose from these wonderful gardens  xxx

My contribution to this Nitobe Memorial Garden Challenge. Done in my usual medium of black ink and black sharpie.

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