Almost as though you had your own, personal light box, but with no need to take it down after a photo session--rather someplace to simply enjoy your creations.
Do you have a favourite spot for favourite things?
How funny, I was reading about tokonoma completely by chance about 20 mins ago! Beautiful arrangement, I love the little teapot. Doesn't the warmth of candlelight (or fire) transform a scene? What is in the basket Freda?
Quince, for the wonderful scent The room comes alive with the fire and/ or a candle.
This tokonoma seems, to me, to represent everything you have been working towards, Freda. Simplicity, elegance, serenity, beauty...and a sense of joy.
I admire how you change things around too. Once i get the click-point, it tends to stay that way for, oh, maybe 5 years!
Some things stay the one way for even longer Julia, but i love to change this every time I get new flowers I find a card or a painting that goes with the flowers. It's my fun spot.
I suppose my most significant arrangement reflects my pleasure in writing. On top of a long, white, half-height bookcase I have a weighty Visconti ballpoint in its leather box, near that an Il Papiro marbled notebook, both of these were bought for me by my late husband - the book from Venice and inscribed by him. Behind them is a box of 12 Blackwing 602 pencils. In a pot made by my grandson are a handful of wooden biros, their exteriors carved from a lopped branch from the wisteria outside the kitchen window. There are photos too and 3 beautiful little Wentworth wooden puzzles standing upright in their boxes. Not minimal at all, and I plan to add more...fountain pens, notebooks, in fact an uberfest (hope that's the right word) of writing implements and paper-related artefacts ! They're all sparking joy, but perhaps better not to tell Marie Kondo.
That sounds gorgeous Rosemary and clearly meaningful. I think Marie Kondo would say you can't have too much joy!
White comes in so many different shades. This scene spells peace.
The Japanese have so many interesting concepts to explore. Just now I am reading about finding your Ikigai (your passion, the happiness secret). It is the second book by Francesc Miralles and Héctor Garcia about Ikigai.
I'm reading Japonisme. :-)
Made a reservation for it at the library...
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An artist seeking a simpler life - (but not too simple!)All words and images copyright Freda Waldapfel 2010 - 2020
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