The Ugly Phase: How to Keep Going When Your Creative Project Isn't Looking Its Best
|Various phases of the painting thus far.|
When I first started to work on this large canvas a couple months ago, I was mostly filled with excitement and anticipation for what the final product would look like. This new blank canvas represented a new chapter in my life - an opportunity to create a new story about love. At first, it started well. Painting over the old picture felt symbolic, adding some lyrics from a personal poem felt cathartic, and sketching the couple over it felt inspiring. But as I added paint and played with different colours and proportions, things started to feel frustrating. It just wasn't looking as great as I had imagined. The colours were off, and turning the figures into clouds looked clumsy. The more I worked on it, the more if felt like a mess. I was entering the "ugly phase" and it was testing me. Should I keep going or change direction?
|Multiple shades of pink featuring the abstract heart shape in the middle|
|Early stages of the heart-shaped cloud|