Stop and smell the roses

My favorite thing to read from this class was "The Daodejing of Laozi". To me it was a great read that really opened my eyes to a new way of thinking. The most important thing I got out of "The Daodejing of Laozi" was to take in nature and the things that surround us. So, my vision behind this gallery is to take the vivid descriptions from some of our books and bring them to life through paintings.

"city, date-grove, a square mile is clay-pit..." (Gilgamesh I22) This painting represents the type of city that came to mind while reading The Epic of Gilgamesh. Modern yet incredibly old
"Georg was startled at how dark his father's room was, even on this sunny morning." (The Judgement 7). This painting captures the dark room, and the emotions of their conversation in that dark room.
"'Dear parents, I have always loved you,' and let himself drop."(The Judgement 16). After killing himself, he died but also lived on forever, and the vegetation under the bridge represents that aspect
"The field was flat and made of dust and the city was dark behind it." (Powers 8). With just these few words, Kevin Powers really put this plain yet vivid picture in my mind of a desert field.
" in the desert our year seemed like a seasonless thing, except fall."(Powers 51). This is a landscape of the 4 seasons however it's very difficult to tell which is which just like in the desert
"...on top of that there's the trouble of constant traveling, of worrying about train connections..." (Metamorphosis 54) As soon as I saw this painting,the first thing that came to mind was this quote
"Life moves pretty fast..." -Ferris. This to me reflects the thoughts in the Daodejing and if this boy turned around he would see a beautiful flower and could possibly make his day a little brighter.
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