Why beauty is important to us.

Bebeah Garden at Mt. Wilson, about 2 hours west of Sydney.
The entire universe in a pond...
(photo by Peter Inglis)

All around us is the glory of nature, yet how often do we rush past the most wondrous beauty without a glance, too absorbed in mental dialogue to see what's right there in front of us?

Bebeah Garden at Mt. Wilson, about 2 hours west of Sydney.
A Symphony of colours.
(photo by Peter Inglis)

In practical terms, how does art help us see more clearly?

By studying the works of great painters like Monet, we learn an economic and expressive language for interpreting nature.

Those of you with a scientific bent will know about "fractal mathematics". Fractals are the equations which underlie the patterns in nature, like the way grass grows, or how tree branches are grouped. Painters like Monet captured the fractals of nature and left us a magnificent library to learn from.

Monet: Adolphe Monet in the Garden, 1866.
Monet: Adolphe Monet in the Garden, 1866.

Develop your relationship with beauty by learning the language of art.

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