We all tend to go through life with an idea of how good or beautiful things are meant to be that we ever so often forget to appreciate the things that may not align with our expectations.

This painting is of a picture I saw online in my search to paint a beautiful bird. I expected that I would eventually end up painting a peacock, or a parrot like I have done in the past.

So when I saw this bird, I IMMEDIATELY dismissed it.

This is because it didn’t meet my standard of beauty, with its super long peak like a duck and its disproportional body. I could hardly tell where its head ended and where its neck began.

It wasn’t until I took another look, and erased what I thought was beautiful that I began to realise that although very disproportional it didn’t look too bad. Its ugly was actually beautiful.

Most of the time we are more inclined to appreciate things based on our standard of good, or what society has deemed as good. We are too focused on our expectations that we forget to just OBSERVE.

This painting is about stepping back, and having that second glance with a clear mind.

It is a reminder that just because certain things, people and situations don’t meet our expectations doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad. It is about finding that good in bad, and that beautiful in ugly.

Even in the bible God reminds us several times to appreciate everything because he has made them all.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

“He has made everything beautiful in its time”.   

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The Beautiful Ugly

via Discover Challenge: Open-Minded