Today I had to create a some last minute nail art for the Nail Polish Canada Holiday Nail Art Challenge. You can vote for me on that page at the bottom 🙂 It’s a three week contest, with a new theme each week. The first week is due today (leaving it last minute I know, but I just found out about it) and the theme is SNOW!
So many ideas running through my head for snow nail art! What to do, what to do?
Then it came to me. Cherry Blossom nail art! A vision of beautiful snow covered cherry blossom trees. I love cherry blossoms – they’re so beautiful. I live near a large park, High Park, in Toronto where every April the cherry blossom trees bloom and hundreds of people come from all over the city to see them. Not only are they beautiful to look at, the significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. When the cherry blossom trees bloom for a short time each year in brilliant force, they serve as a visual reminder of how precious and how precarious life is. So, when Japanese people come together to view the cherry blossom trees and marvel at their beauty, they aren’t just thinking about the flowers themselves, but also about the larger meaning and deep cultural tradition the cherry blossom tree.
Here are some pictures I snapped in High Park last April.
When I lived in London a few years ago, an unexpected snowfall created stunning cherry blossom images. So these particular images and the fond memories of walking through the streets of London looking at snow covered cherry blossom trees, are the inspiration behind my Nail Polish Canada contest entry.