Imperfect is Perfect
Hello art lovers,
I know many of you struggle with perfectionism and are often your worst critic.
The ego-dominated culture we live in have conditioned us to be more judgemental than appreciative and accepting.
But have you tried looking and seeing in a different way - that what seems to be imperfect is perfect? This is one of the most profound teaching of the Tao:
"The greatest perfection seems imperfect,
and yet its use is inexhaustible.
The greatest fullness seems empty,
and yet its use is endless.
Great straightness seems twisted.
Great Intelligence seems stupid.
Great eloquence seems awkward.
Great truth seems false.
Great discussion seems silent.
Activity conquers cold;
inactivity conquers heat.
Stillness and tranquility set things in order in the universe."
- Tao De Ching, 45th Verse, Lao Tzu
Accepting Imperfect as Perfect Through Art
This verse from Tao De Ching has always been close to my heart. Maybe it's because I had tried so hard to perfect daughter, wife, and mother, and yet always found myself short of meeting expectations of others or myself.
It hurts, you know? Realising that you had disappointed the people you cared about, that you had disappointed yourself.
But this is the wound I'm ready to heal.
Art as the Practice of Accepting Imperfect as Perfect
You can heal by simply changing your lense, and practicing looking at yourself and your life in a different way - "the greatest perfection seems imperfect".
This is the inspiration behind the oil and cold wax painting you see above, and my main lesson for Around the World Through Art.
Not only are you going to use different techniques to imprint the teachings of the Tao onto our painting, you will be challenged to resist the temptation to make your portrait painting perfect.
You will be challenged to accept the deep crease and "scars" left by the creative process as part of your final work.
You will be challenged to accept "imperfect as perfect" through your art.
If you are ready for this, join us in Around the World Through Art, and let's dive in!