Color Palette Inspiration: Ryoan-ji, Kyoto, Japan
This month’s color palette inspiration comes to you guys from Kyoto! A few years ago I traveled to the wonderful former capital of Japan and visited several of the famous temples scattered all over the city. My now husband and I stayed in traditional ryokan, ate amazing food and even partook in a Japanese Tea Ceremony (after being taught the essential dos and don’ts!).
One of my favorite places was Ryōan-ji, a zen Buddhist temple with a famous rock garden, said to have been built in the 15th century. The garden—part of which is shown in my photo below—features fifteen rocks scattered atop perfectly raked gravel. The arrangement is such that you cannot view all 15 rocks at the same time (14 max!), a layout designed to incite meditation.
Though not much of a meditator myself, I absolutely loved sitting on the wooden steps in front of the garden in a contemplative state! It was a beautiful early spring day, with crisp air and a cool breeze, and a beautiful array of warm hues from the trees, to the rocks and the stained wall behind it.
I hope you enjoy this bit of inspiration! Color values are listed below the image.
205 212 222
18 11 7 0
188 187 167
28 21 35 0
77 115 104
72 39 58 17
69 63 87
75 74 43 33
162 119 113
35 54 50 8
285 184 182
15 22 28 0
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