howard finster’s paradise garden

Sitting down to write this, I realized the for all the art I’ve taken in over the course of my life… I still feel challenged when expressing my thoughts or feelings about it. Food is easy, style is logical, but art – perhaps because it’s what I feel most deeply about – doesn’t translate to words. So while I’d love to say to you that I can help you navigate the arts scene in Atlanta, it’s probably the last thing I’d be able to help you with.

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It took me way too long to find the time to take the drive to see Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden. And of course I ended up forgetting my real camera, so please enjoy these photos from my crappy old phone (lost my iPhone recently). It’s the best I could do, but really nothing can do this justice. Or really, any art justice.

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Art HAS to be experienced in real life. Digital reproduction will never be the same as seeing something in front of you. 

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I don’t have much to say or share about this place other than I’m really glad we went. I didn’t take many pictures of paintings because you have to see them for yourself and discover them in person. It’s a sanctuary of creativity and luckily we went on a day when it was mild, with a slight breeze in the air. It felt quite magical.

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This man made art because he HAD to. He felt compelled in a way I’ve never know. I’ve never been half as convicted as this artist was to his craft and his purpose. And I think that’s what I admire most.

 

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