Recently I took “Wabi Sabi Abstract Painting” with Sherrie Lovler. (A few years ago I took a two day class with Sherrie called “Calligraphic Abstraction,” in person, in Sebastopol, Calif.). This Wabi Sabi class was virtual thanks to the O’Hanlon Center For The Arts in Mill Valley, Calif. The whole class description is here.
I might already be painting wabi-sabi style and not know it. Going with the flow and relaxing into what is – is that what wabi-sabi is about?
After some research I found out wabi-sabi is about finding beauty in every aspect of imperfection. Perfectly imperfect.
Could spontaneous, automatic, gestural painting also be synonymous with wabi-sabi?
In the class we reviewed what wabi-sabi art is. We practiced painting the enso – fluid circles early in the class. With Sherrie leading the way with suggestions on starting our paintings, we went through the exercise of creating a few compositions.
This pink purple exploration is what flowed yesterday morning.
Here’s one piece I created in Sherrie’s class.
Wabi-Sabi Painting by Mary Gow
At times I found myself ‘working at” creating something to look naturally at ease without trying. I made a few examples of pieces I wanted to share with the class that I felt were truly wabi-sabi — many I felt were my explorations ink brush work. . . which I loved.
My natural artistic painting style is to go with the flow of what I’m feeling. . . enjoy the process more than fixate on what the end must look like.
Recently I got to see Zlata Rabinovich demonstrate her fluid painting. She uses Flood Floetrol Additive mixed with acrylic paint – and in the video you’ll see the mixture poured on a canvas can to create something spontaneously gorgeous! I can’t wait to try it myself.
The sound on the video isn’t that good and the images can tell the story.
You can find Flood Floetrol, 32 oz., at Lowe’s for around $7.98.
The buzz today is the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn which also is happening on the shortest day of the year. This morning I painted this watercolor that hardly looks like the first day of Winter. For the shortest day to feel like the first day of spring, instead. I feel the shift. Hold the vision of whatever you dream. The energies are potent like supercharged magnets.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau
Over a decade ago a book came out that I found very helpful in methods of communicating with others, Dr. Gary Chapman’s Five Languages of Love. Since 2007 his book has been on the New York Times Best Seller’s List.
Wow, what is it about this book that resonates with so many people?
Today’s heart is about riding the waves of life. Becoming a surfer. We all have to become surfers to some extent or another.
Figure out a method to help ride them, a guide for how to communicate in the different styles or “languages” of love.
Today’s heart is about riding the waves of love, weathering storms, to arrive on the shore again — maybe the same shore, but with fresh eyes. And some new vocabulary words.