Have you ever noticed how some children go through an ugly stage? I've grown old enough now to watch others grow up and noticed how some people's children (not mine of course) looked downright homely, or ugly at some stages in their lives. But, as they grew up, they became quite beautiful. Just like the ugly duckling story, sometimes we just gotta give things time to work themselves out.
Paintings go through an ugly stage too, as you are building up the layers, a little at a time, until the whole thing begins to emerge. I have been working on a painting that was just giving me fits. I just couldn't get the water right, but, I kept working at it. I've noticed that new artists give up too soon. They don't realize that paintings go through stages of development. Although the beginning stages may look "ugly", they are necessary for the development of the painting. I'm still working on my "child", but, I think it is beginning to come together now.
Here is a picture of my "child". It still has a ways to go, but, I have high hopes for it.
It was birthed at church a few weeks ago, and I have been working on it now at home. I guess you could say that Church was the hospital where it was born, and now I am raising it at home. ha ha.
See some of my other art that was "birthed" at church...