Friday, July 20, 2018

Day 2185: Sometimes I solve this dilemma with a nap!

vista: collage & acrylic,  6x6"

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As you might imagine, when posting daily ...
(2,185 consecutive days and counting)
there are days when I think "what can I do today?"
Sometimes I solve this dilemma with a nap!
Don't laugh, sometimes it actually works.
Today, after a nap, I opened my e-mails, 
and good friend Stan Hirohata sent me an e-mail on  
other types of gardening ...

The Kei Truck, or kei-tora for short, is a tiny but practical vehicle that originated in Japan. Although these days it’s widely used throughout Asia and other parts of the world, in Japan you’ll often see them used in the construction and agriculture industries as they can maneuver through small side streets and easily park. And now, apparently they’re also used as a canvas for gardening contests.

Fukuharu Zouen

The Kei Truck Garden Contest is an annual event sponsored 
by the Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors.
 Numerous landscaping contractors from around Japan participate by arriving on site with their mini trucks and then spending several hours transforming the cargo bed into a garden.

garden with a pond (and a little fish!) by landscaping contractor Inui Zouen

Other than using the kei truck there are very few limitations 
and landscapers have incorporated everything from benches and aquariums to elements of lighting into their designs. 
Judges then rank the entries based on planning, 
expression, design, execution and environment.

elements of lighting and shoji screens were incorporated into this garden by Kansai Ueki

a large bonsai takes center stage in this piece, also by Kansai Ueki

a large aquarium is a focal point in this garden by Kei’s 

Matsuda Zouen created this very traditional rock garden




When in Japan, I often noticed a small area of land,
planted and turned into beauty. Just because.

And in the mail, a wonderful gift from Santa Ana 
artist and friend Julie Berlier 

a one day admission to all three Laguna Beach art events ...
and Art-A-Fair. All walking distance apart.
What a kind, thoughtful gift! It will be gratefully used!

Thank you Julie! 

A smile for Friday ...

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