WABI-SABI PASSAGE OF TIME AT TORRE BELLESGUARD No matter what we create it is temporary. Breaking patterns, can be repaired. But eventually they return to fine-ground earth, no longer resembling our original intention. Yet, unseen, unnoticed by our human eye, still they exist, remaining in the subconscious of our knowing, of our being. … Continue reading Wabi-sabi Passage of Time inspired by Antoni Gaudi and Torre Bellesguard mosaic
Wabi-sabi castes a familiar womb-like shadow into the emptiness of creative possibility. We know wabi-sabi by what is left in the muted abundance of emptiness. As I sweep the deck with a straw broom, I hear its brush against the floor’s surface – first the wood then the jute rug. I hear my breath. I … Continue reading Wabi-sabi
Where is Venice? Silly question you might answer. It is in Italy of course. Well, it can be. But I am going to postulate that Venice Italy is mostly in our imaginations. To demonstrate, I am going share my unscientific nine days of observations and reflections. You see, we are under rather peculiar restrictions while … Continue reading Venice Italy on a Short Tether
The Pacific Dogwood or Cornus nuttallii small tree or shrub is protected in British Columbia. It is actually not all that common except in the lower western corner of the Province but has the distinction of being the Provincial flower. I have been admiring one such specimen on Mayne Island for a few years now. … Continue reading The treasured Pacific Dogwood or Cornus nuttallii
Sometimes the grand seascapes of the west coast winter are just too gray and flat to hold my attention. When this happens I look elsewhere to see what I can feel and see by the sea. This is when I am most often consciously drawn to beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” or the … Continue reading Wabi Sabi Feng Shui Nature and Photography
What principles of composition help you to create simplicity?
If wabi is a preference for very little in recognition of its unequaled abundance in the face of all else, then what is sabi? According to Robyn Griggs Lawrence, in The Wabi-Sabi house: the Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty , sabi means “the bloom of time.” Sabi implies an understanding that beauty and life are … Continue reading Sabi
Wabi began as a literary concept in fifth and sixth century Japan poetry to reflect melancholy. Wabi has come to mean simple, minimalist, humble and in tune with nature.
Though living is often a messy process, simplicity and functionality attract my sense of a world-as-it-should-be.