Sunday, June 3, 2018

Imperfection: Wabi-Sabi

Barn, Greene County, Indiana.  Highway 43.  Since torn down.

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese notion of finding the beauty in the imperfection of how things really are.  I've written about it a few times here on the blog.

It took a while for me to realize that I choose my subjects for painting and photography because of that very notion.   I love the wabi-sabi of aging structures.  The imperfections tell stories and telling [painting] those stories keep our history, communities and culture alive.   I love that.

Things that have been made by hand and which have lived long useful lives are beautiful. 

What are your favorite examples of wabi-sabi?

I'd like to invite you to join our Best Self facebook group where we can talk freely about becoming our best selves - and all the messy work that entails.  In addition, I have another group, The Well Balanced Artist, for creatives of all kinds and in all stages of their creative lives, who are trying to balance their art, business and personal lives.   We can be wabi-sabi together.


  1. I love this idea of Wabi Sabi. I too, like old barns and buildings. I always wonder about the people who used to live in them and work in them.

  2. I particularly like old fences and rural mailboxes!


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