On Transforming the Ugly into the Beautiful | A Rose in Bloom
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A good many years ago, I had an art teacher who told me something that I didn't fully understand, but has stayed with me through the many cycles of the calendar.

"Art does not have to be pretty."
She went on to explain that one can do a charcoal drawing of a trash can overflowing with trash and it would still be the most beautiful thing in the world with the right perspective. At the time I thought she was a little nuts, but decided to file that morsel of virtue into the recesses of my brain.
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It was a wonderful thing that I did keep them in the back of my closet shelf. These words didn't really ring true for me until my college years. It was in those years that I began exploring modern dance, befriended an impressionist style painter, and began to work in contemporary theatre. I realized that my favorite pieces of art were unconventionally perfect, not the masterpieces seen in history books. My teacher's words flooded over the gates of my memory as I finally understood: the most beautiful moments are awkward curves on the floor, paintings with faces in blue, and harsh words spoken out of the truest coarsest human emotions. In so many words, the "ugly" became the beautiful.
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And so is my life today. Now, I never use the term "ugly" if I can avoid it. Instead, I ask myself "how can I make this wonderfully imperfect?"

Do not be confused. I will never tire of the beautiful things in life. Long ballet lines, fresh pink flower petals, the tender curls of hair freshly washed... These will always have their own appeal as they make my eyes become lesser and my lips become wider. But rainy parking garages and boyish military boots and shooting around homeless people will also be beautiful, with the right perspective. Sometimes there is a place for a field of wildflowers in golden sunlight, just like sometimes there is a place for splashing in puddles of filthy water on a cold, rainy day and wearing black lipstick instead of red and not caring about the mud on your boots.
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Life isn't black and white, it's the yen and the yang, the lovely and the less lovely, the good and the less good. But the ugly is never just ugly.

Have you ever tried to find something lovely in a midst of something grisly?

Stay Beautiful,

XOXO Liz

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8 comments

  1. I am such a sucker for all black outfits. Definitely need that denim jacket in my life!

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    1. I too enjoy a good all black outfit. So easy. Thank you!

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  2. What's ugly to some is beautiful to others and vice versa. You never know what experiences in someone's past shaped someone's definition of beauty, which I've always thought was really interesting.

    P.S. -- You are totally rocking that dark lip!
    ~Sara

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    1. Aww, thanks! I was nervous to try this color, but I got so many compliments that day!

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  3. You sure know how to rock a dark lip, you look gorgeous. I always try to find beauty in everything, and sometimes, those broken, weird, awkward things/people is what I find to be most beautiful.

    Paula
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    1. Oh thanks! I was nervous wearing this color (blackmail by UD), but I am so glad I bought it now. I'm glad you like it!

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  4. I always try to see the positive in the bad just as I went through a really hard time and thought the worst about everything and it was a horrible time. I envy your hair, wish I had naturally curly hair!

    Meme xx

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    1. Oh, thank you! Unfortunately, my hair can be too curly and frizz a lot. I guess the grass is always greener. :)

      I'm glad you are doing better. When one is going through a horrible time, it is so easy to focus on that which is negative, but we must fight it. Good luck for your future lovely times!

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