Tao Te Ching – Twenty Two

Yield and overcome;

Bend and be straight;

Empty and be full;

Wear out and be new;

Have little and gain;

Have much and be confused.

Therefore wise men embrace the one and set and example to all.

Not putting on a display, they shine forth.

Not justifying themselves, they are distinguished.

Not boasting, they receive recognition.

Not bragging, they never falter.

They do not quarrel, so no one quarrels with them.

Therefore the ancients say, “Yield and overcome.”

Is that an empty saying?

Be really whole, and all things will come to you.

Lao Tsu


Accepting what is, letting go and being open to all things… sounds easy enough!

Over the last three days I’ve finally prised my oyster shell-like mind open and discovered a pearl. Since art school I’ve told myself an unexamined, ridiculous story – ‘I don’t like acrylics!’

Over the last three days I’ve painted acrylic on board and LOVED IT.

A new medium AND surface equals a whole new country to explore. Exciting!

When we stop putting road blocks up in our thinking, life flows again. How many other road blocks have I created in my art and life?

It is so simple, yet the blocks are like bad spells cast in our minds. They control and define us. Some spells we put on ourselves, others are put on us! Common negative spells cast on artists are ‘Artists are mad!’ or ‘You’ll never make any money being an artist!’

It seems to take work to change one’s mind, conscious awareness, but once done it’s so simple it makes you laugh!

Letting go of my negative acrylic story has allowed a new door. There is so much potential for fun and best of all acrylics aren’t toxic. My lungs are happy!

And then I heard this…

‘Don’t fall in love with your painting too soon, you’re dating it, not marrying it!’ Nick Winton, Artist

Hilarious and freeing and applicable to lots of things! I’m definitely going to date my new arty friend A. Crylic!

‘Street Cats.’ Acrylic on board 50 x 60 cms

I think there are 31 cats in the painting. It’s a two way painting. Turn it upside down when bored!


Snowdrops by Kirsten Harris
Acrylic on Board
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