The Essence of Beauty

Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Tulips

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. – Friedrich Nietzsche



Some days it is the sunrise, color so rich it can’t possibly be real.

Other times it is the power of words which bring meaning to a moment,

Or it is a clash of color so pure I cannot look away,

But always, the deepest beauty strikes me when I least expect it.

That is when I stop and hold my breath,

And if I have my camera, the images come quickly.

This is what happens in the snow-saturated long months of winter.

This beauty is what makes my soul sing.


A Spring Bouquet
A Spring Bouquet for the winter


It makes sense to me: the essence of beauty is gratitude. By recognizing something beautiful, we are saying thank you.


The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.  – Auguste Rodin


Color, Light, and Form
Color, Light, and Form


Let us decide on the route that we wish to take to pass our life, and attempt to sow that route with flowers. – Madame Émilie du Châtelet


the silhouette of nature's elegance
the silhouette of nature’s elegance


The earth laughs in flowers. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Tulips
Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Tulips


I must have flowers, always, and always. ― Claude Monet


What brings you deep joy?

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

About Jennifer Writer Author Photographer Artist Corporate Marketer Happy Wife & Mom World Traveler Grateful.

8 thoughts on “The Essence of Beauty

  1. What brings me great joy? I have the most wonderful view from my house. I have a large front porch that is the perfect place to enjoy this view. The view is so lovely, that practically everyone who stands on my porch for the first time (even traveling salesmen) comments on it. Often during the day I’ll walk out onto the porch just to admire the view. I feel blessed to have such beauty always before my eyes.

    1. I love this, Kim. Wow, you must have quite a view! I’d love to see a photo sometime. Beautiful surroundings are such a gift — it’s a dream. Enjoy!

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