That's where what I see on the canvas doesn't match what's in my imagination. Not by a long shot. In fact, I've long given it an official name: The Ugly Stage.
Don't believe me? Here are some examples from my archives... I'll give one shot of The Ugly Stage, and then the finished painting: (can click pics to enlarge)
What's the antidote for getting past The Ugly Stage without dumping all your paints in the trash in frustration??
That's it, really. No magic, no big deep esoteric formula.
Just believe in yourself.
Believe in the process.
Believe that if you don't give up, you'll see progress.
Trust in your process.
It's so easy to doubt yourself during The Ugly Stage. Don't Listen!!
Believe in yourself, in your potential.
Oh sure, there are times I DO say "oops, that was a learning experience!" That's part of the fun of learning and trying new things, new ideas and techniques. But most of the time, for me I find it's simply The Ugly Stage.
So... I stubbornly refuse to give up, and keep going with my initial concept in my mind, believing that it will appear.
I don't usually totally meet the expectations of my Imagination... but I keep trying. The payoff is when once in a great while, something actually exceeds my expectations, and I almost have tears of joy.
Such is the case with my current project. I'm not at liberty yet to share it... it's a commission. I know, I know! In my last post I said I didn't enjoy commission work! What can I say? When along comes a project that calls to your heart... the only answer to give is... Yes. :-}
Happy painting, even through the Ugly Stages,