Ep 10 | The Beautiful Struggle with Lanecia Rouse Tinsley

About This Episode

Lanecia Rouse Tinsley of LAR Art Studio shares her passion for expressive and transformative art forms within the art of Wabi Sabi.

Our guest today is Lanecia Rouse Tinsley. She is an abstract expressionistic artist whose work includes photography, painting, teaching, writing, and speaking. She is the owner and creator of LARArt Studio and works out of Studio D at Hardy & Nance Streets Studios.

In addition to her own work as an artist, Lanecia partners with the Holy Family Church in Houston, TX, serving as their Artist-In-Residence, as a Spiritual Director and Consultant for the Arts for Project Curate.

Lanecia has been exploring the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi and the related art forms within her own work and the work of her workshop participants. Lanecia hosts workshops exploring the related art form of Kintsugi and has written about that experience on her blog. Wabi Sabi is an ancient Japanese philosophy that honors the imperfect, the humble, the hand-made and the impermanent. It seeks to embrace the beauty found in the changing of seasons, things, nature and in our own lives.

To connect with Lanecia, you can visit www.larartphotography.com and follow her on Instagram, and Twitter @larartstudio. You can also purchase her work online by visiting www.society6.com/larart

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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:

  • Learning about the Holy Family Church HTX in Houston, TX

  • Hearing how Lanecia asked for love to show up while she grieved a painful loss

  • How the LAR Art Studio was envisioned and grew over the years

  • How Lanecia discovered the art of Kintsugi:
    Essential Information on Kintsugi

  • How Lanecia teaches the Wabi-Sabi expressive art form during her workshop:
    The LAR Art Studio Mended Wabi Sabi Pottery Art Experience

  • How Lanecia's work with her students has surprised her and informed her work

  • How Mark Nepo uses poetry to express feelings of being broken open

  • How the process of breaking pottery into pieces and putting it back together as a new object is a powerful exercise

  • How the workshop process enabled some participants to make significant life changes

  • The parallels between the ancient philosophy of Wabi Sabi and the newer KonMari philosophy

What sparks joy for Lanecia: All the precious moments she spends with her husband, Cleve! Working with her camera and exploring photography as well as listening to music.

Her Parting Words of Wisdom: We all have the capacity to create beauty.

Gems:
“Art was big enough hold my tears and also to hold my vision and hopes for what could be”

“I’m just throwing out into the universe the dreams that I have”

“In living, life is going to break our hearts”

“We are all more powerful and capable than we believe”