Fearless Friday, The Ugly Stage

Many artists experience what is known as the ugly stage…

the time during the painting process

where you think your painting is a hot mess

and you are ready to toss it

The ugly stage usually occurs when you’re well into the painting,

It occurs after you’ve established the composition

It occurs once you begin to refine it,

and begin the finishing process…

the photo below is “the ugly stage” of this painting

when I began to doubt the outcome,

and how I could possibly keep it

from looking like a Kindergarten creation

but instead of giving up,

it won’t hurt to try and fix it

since you feel like it’s a lost cause anyway…

so keep going!!

I added more small leaves and grasses,

more layers of color to some of the flowers and petals

and gave the flowers dignity and definition

with a waterproof .01 micron pen…

Much better!

“Flower Dance” 9″ x 12″ watercolor on 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper

Another tip that I feel is really important is: walk away…

when you get to the point that you are feeling rushed,

or are making bad decisions, stop!

Put the painting aside and go do something else~

leave it alone for a day or two…

you will be amazed when you return with fresh eyes,

and are able to see what it needs,

sometimes it’s just a matter of a stroke here and there,

or a dash of color or one more highlight…

So Be Fearless and never give up!

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23 Responses to “Fearless Friday, The Ugly Stage”
  1. wow … the finished one is just beautiful! Keep going is definitely the right decision.

  2. BERNADETTE says:

    It is fun to get an inside glimpse of your creative process.

  3. I love the “flowers dance” painting. You definitely made the right decision to continue the process, rather than toss it. Happy Friday, Jenna

  4. I LOVE that you said it gives the flowers dignity and definition with the waterproof pen. I know that feeling intimately and you are spot on with walking away. Sometimes if you walk away and later return, you realize it really is finished and sometimes you can see more clearly what you have to do to fix it. I love this piece, Jenna. It’s very happy! Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Martha says:

    Beautiful! Have a great weekend Jenna. 🙂

  6. How whimsical this turned out—sometimes you just have to go with it…and see how it WANTS to be…grins! Sandi

  7. Rosie M. says:

    Oh my word, Jenna. Your painting actually bloomed from when you started to where you completed it! I’m so glad you kept going. Honestly, the red bloom took on such a happy personality by the time you finished! I absolutely LOVE the finished product! Bravo!

  8. pattyanneart says:

    Such great advice, Jenna! I love the added ink detail. Beautiful flowers!! 🌼🌸

  9. Cyndi Raines says:

    Even your “ugly stage” looked good to me ! 😃 However, when you added the extra details, it really came alive and I love the name, “Flower Dance”, very fitting. Well done, Miss Jenna!

  10. Your ‘Flower Dance’ is very pretty and so cheerful to look at! You’re too funny ~ kindergarten creation.

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