Japanese Wabi-sabi philosophy appreciates the old, scruffy, and lopsided. It snubs the ideals of perfection, completion, and grandiosity. It prefers the simple, modest, and authentic. It believes nothing in life is finished, perfect, or permanent.
Wabi-sabi also accepts and appreciates the passing of time. It sees beauty in rusted barn roofs, tattered shoes, the pilled texture of a favorite coat, and a seasoned cast iron skillet passed down through generations. The western art ideal pushes artists to aim for perfection, focus on progress and self-improvement, and prioritize finished products over process. It encourages us to draw things “correctly” and accurately.