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Currently in: Canada
Kazuo Oga (various watercolour works c.1988)
Kazuo Oga is one of the most inconspicuously famous artists, which is inspirational in its own right by how humbling it is. You would think they were digital from an immediate approach, however upon closer inspection of the textures, lighting and layering it’s clear they’re perfectly hand crafter watercolour pieces.
His works, featured in the backgrounds of various Studio Ghibli films, are subtle enough to blend into the background of the films yet stand out alone as perfection of watercolour techniques and command of lighting.
Just considering there are scenes where the camera pans across his works for several long moments reflects the sublime quality of his work. And that he was able to develop enough artworks to supply several films with stunning backdrops is nothing short of breathtaking.
That’s a good word for it, “breathtaking”.
you know when i was young there was a Chicken Soup for the Soul book on the shelf. but i never opened it because i thought it was a boring book full of chicken soup recipes
now that i think of it.. a book that thick? if it was just a book dedicated solely to chicken soup recipes it would’ve been really entertaining.
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sooo I planned out my wanderings for my first trip to NYC! same coloured points correspond to the places I hope to visit - yes there’s so many points, I might make all of it.. my bus arrives at 7am.. I predict I will have an exhausting first day!
I think this is actually a great contrasting video to Dove’s Beauty Sketches. In which other people might see your physical appearance in a realistic way, or judge it more harshly than you do… but inner beauty has a stronger, more resilient impact - and maybe we constantly underestimate the importance of inner beauty when we’re bombarded with mostly appearance-focused messages.