Lily Pond color pencils 8x10
Today I came across a Japanese term wabi-sabi. And it couldn't have happened at a better time. 'Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble.' Wikpedia explained 'Wabi sabi can change our perception of the world to the extent that a chip or crack in a vase makes it more interesting and gives the object greater meditative value.' It further explained that 'In art books, it is typically defined as ″flawed beauty.' I am going to fully embrace that word!
The 'Lily Pond" was framed and hanging for a number of years. A few days ago, I took it off the frame and reworked it some, deepening the colors, mainly the darks and the shadow areas. I see compositional and technical flaws. But I am going to embrace the philosophy of 'wabi sabi' as well as the "How innocent" outlook of my wise old Sumi teacher from a one day workshop long ago as she urged me to accept my art work with open arms and move on. :)