Wabi Sabi is a traditional Japanese aesthetic concept that is often considered as one of the oldest manifestations of minimalism in art. It refers to finding and appreciating the beauty in the impermanent, the imperfect, the rustic, and the melancholic. It derives not from the love of invincibility, youth, and flawlessness, but for the respect for what is passing, fragile, slightly broken, and modest. Things are more beautiful when they bare the mark of time and age. A trickle of glaze, a beautifully repaired crack on a piece of pottery are appreciated rather than made invisible . Wisdom comes from making peace with our transitory, imperfect, and unheroic nature.
The Wabi Sabi philosophy believes that everything is destined to break at some point in time. Brokenness, however, is not seen as a negative. Imperfections hide the potential of always becoming something new. The markings of age are a reminder of resilience and strength and are deserving of visibility.
Wabi Sabi represents the opposite of the concept of use and dispose. It is through repairing what broke that we are able to make ourselves whole again.
We’re painting a wabi-sabi-looking pot for this collection.
*This is our 12th painting collection of 2022.
Painting premise: Still Life.
Props: a pot that slightly aged, with imperfections.
Painting surface: any size, any kind. We recommend 9x12 or under.
Medium & surface used in webinar's presentation: oil over cotton paper. Feel free to select your media & surface.
Our painting sessions in the next two weeks will be devoted to this subject.
This is also an open invitation to contribute to the collection, no matter whether you participate in one of our painting workshops or not. Please submit a painting that is related to the collection theme and we will consider it for inclusion in the series.
I'm a beginner. I haven't painted in decades. I've never painted with oil. Can I still join?
Yes. We make every effort to create a session that can be useful and rewarding regardless of the level of painting practice.
I don't like to be on camera. Do I have to talk, present something, or show what I'm doing?
You decide who hears you or sees you, or be completely invisible. A webinar is different than a video conference. You watch the presentation and instruction but you're not sharing voice or video, unless you'd like to.
What if I don't have the right materials for the session?
You can definitely use any materials you may have at hand. We provide guidance and instruction that can be adapted to any setup or medium you may have.
What if I can't make it at the time of the webinar?
Webinars are automatically recorded and become become available to replay. You can watch it anytime, as many times as you'd like. You can also register to view at any time thereafter.
Can I interact during the webinar?
Yes, you can do it in two ways: there is a chat box you can use and we have a shared photo album to share your process.
Can I interact if I don't watch the webinar live?
Yes, you still can. We have the shared folder as our point of contact after the webinar, where you can upload your work and get personalized feedback. You can also email us with any questions at any time.
What's the shared photo album for?
The shared album is our own social media space where we can upload images of our work. It's a convenient way to receive personalized feedback. It's easy to upload and view. Or not, you decide.
Looking forward to connecting and painting with you!