My sister has a pillow on her couch that says "all things are beautiful if you love them". I noticed it when I was there visiting a couple of weeks ago and it stuck with me because I brought home from there a gift of an old grate Maggie had found and saved for me. She knew I would love it and I do. As I sit here looking at my mantle I can see it mixed in with a variety of objects that are beautiful to me - a mermaid weather vane, a candle stick made from a broken chair leg, another on some brass thingy that I have no idea what it was originally, a chunk from an old door, some salt glazed bottles, a couple of ducks and so on.
Beauty really is an ill defined and completely subjective concept so when I tried to figure out what all these things have in common the only term I came up with was sincerity. When it come down to it there is an honesty to all the things that I love, with all their bumps and flaws - I think that may be applied to people too. It is also the reason I continue to be enthralled with the process of encaustic. My most recent piece could have been done in acrylic in an afternoon and it would have been clean and precise. Instead it took me three days and the surface shows every scratch and scrape. It is a little nasty and flawed and as nearly perfect as I will ever come to producing true beauty.
But then you have to ask what, if anything, is "true" when it comes to beauty? I did a little poking on the internet and stumbled across this caption that has been showing up in public washrooms for a while now. I don't know who to attribute it to but I hope they don't mind my adding an image and passing it along as food for thought.
Have a BEAUTIFUL weekend all and visit the tiny WOOLF's blog http://woolfenbell.blogspot.ca/ for more pondering on this weeks drawing theme.