In almost every painting, I reach what I call ‘the ugly stage.’
For me, that’s a super negative point where I feel like I won’t be able to pull my painting together or ever paint something I’m happy with again.
But I’ve learned that hitting that ugly stage is just part of my creative process.
Instead of allowing the negativity and self-doubt to take over, I remember to stop trying to paint something perfect and return to having fun.
Then when I find a color combination I like or a fun technique, I repeat it – maybe it’s a splatter of yellow green ink drips on the forehead or a rainbow of water-soluble oil pastel smudges that started as a mistake, but then become a distinct thread in a new collection of paintings.
It’s not so much that I’m super bold and brave with my paintings. It’s more that when fear and doubt creep up (which they always do), I don’t stop. Instead, I start to play. Then my creativity is blissful and free.
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Sending you so much love and gratitude and wishing you a beautiful weekend!