November. Wow. I really can’t get my head around the fact that there are only two months left of 2013 – where has this year gone, guys?! The only word I can use is: whirlwind. After a particularly long and draining day yesterday I came across these absolutely beautiful paintings by Japanese artist Izutsu Hiroyuki. This series of works by Izutsu depict the Japanese countryside but in an array of brights and brilliant splendour. I love the positive and encouraging motto on each one ‘Don’t Give Up Japan’, don’t you? When I saw these paintings I literally stopped and felt mesmerised by their colourful beauty; it was the cathartic visual hug I need at that point in time. We all face personal battles and last night I needed this – colour is like a faithful dog, it’s always there to lift the spirits when I feel tired or drained. If you are out there reading this Izutsu – thank you for brightening my day, literally. Which artist’s work inspires you, friends?

// Paintings by Izutsu Hiroyuki


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Hi Will, the paintings are stunning.I’m so sorry to hear you had a rough time yesterday. Sending you a big virtual hug and looking forward to seeing you soon. xx

  2. Hey WIll, so fresh and colorful. Happy weekend, hope you have time for some relaxing. Have fun,

    • @Anya – They are like little visual hugs, aren’t they! Off for dinner with blogging pals tonight; I hope you have lovely plans as well. x

  3. The colors in these prints are AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing. Sending lots of happy thoughts from across the seas. Stay well. Keep smiling. 🙂

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.