All animals enjoy a beautiful day outside. Well, Japanese artist Hiroki Takeda captures the beauty of this relationship in his series of verdant watercolor paintings. Using a vibrant color palette of pinks and reds, he designs animals that contain a secret garden of blossoms and grass.
These botanical-inspired paintings feature charismatic cats and dogs, hamsters, birds, lizards, and more. In each one, Takeda uses the form of the animal as the outline for a natural paradise. Instead of fleshing out the body with the texture of the species' body, he fills it with different kinds of plant life.
Flowers sprout from the head of a pooch, soft bunches of leaves fill the paws of a kitten, and whimsical vines tangle in the body of a large rhinoceros. Takeda often completes these dazzling compositions with a visit from a wandering butterfly.