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Ugly phase of painting and how to move past it!

Ugly phase of painting and how to move past it!

The painting, Bloom True that sits below might look okay, now that it's in its final form but believe me, the ugly phase was well and truly making an appearance!

The Ugly Phase of painting
The Ugly Phase of painting

If you are a creative and have felt disheartened and perhaps downright put off, I'm here to tell you that the ugly phase will be here to stay but it doesn't have to paralyse you.  I know it's soul destroying but today I'm going to tackle it head on!

See below for some tips...

the ugly phase and how to overcome
the ugly phase and how to overcome

Ideas for tackling the 'ugly' phase:

  1. Take a break!  I'm not that good at taking my advice on this but really it's true.  Those times when I just keep going and going don't usually go well.  Sometimes we can get tunnel vision and refuse to 'give in' to the ugly phase and that's when it can 'bite you on the bum' and persist!
  2. Sleep on it - no, not on the painting (couldn't resist) but put the 'treasured' painting to one side knowing that it will 'wait' for you.
  3. Know that the 'ugly phase' happens to all creatives and that it does not reflect on your creative talent - it's just a part of the process.
  4. Try to relax (I know, it's the last thing you want to do in the ugly phase but really when you let go a teeny weeny bit, something amazing will emerge.
  5. Don't compromise yourself and just 'do anything' with the piece to get it through - that's sometimes tempting but sitting back and reassessing 'calmly' can be really helpful and soon you'll be on the other side of the ugly.
  6. Keep forging ahead one painting at a time and before you know it, you'll have amassed some personal ways of doing battle with the ugly phase.
  7. Don't be afraid to paint over your piece, gesso over as Tara Leaver describes and even toss it away if need be.  Yes, seriously.  Confession - I've ripped a canvas that I hated and funnily enough created something else from it that I loved!
  8. Take a photo is another tip because it sums the painting up for you in a 'simpler form' that takes a little of the fussiness away.  If I gave you a £ for every photo I take of a piece of in-progress artwork and then look at my phone whilst waiting for our boys to come out of school, you'd be rich!
Bloom True - how to overcome the ugly phase
Bloom True - how to overcome the ugly phase

So next time you encounter the ugly phase, take heart, breathe deeply, make a cuppa and try some of my tips out.  If you have some other tips, we'd love to know - please leave a comment.  It all helps...

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Sale ART 7-9pm Tues, 17th June

Jane's Virtual Art Market Sale

My first LIVE online artwork sale!

I will be hosting this live sale event tomorrow evening via my Facebook Page (UK time) at 7pm-9pm (Tuesday, 17th June).  You are ALL invited to join me and as you drink a glass of wine or cup of tea, you can enjoy browsing through some of my original artworks that are for sale.  Most pieces are about 30+% off!  The prices are valid only whilst the sale is live though - just for TWO hours!  This is a really great opportunity for purchasing some one of a kind, signed original artwork for your home or as a present for a loved one.

Below are the paintings that will be available via my etsy shop: artwork online saleBelow are the prices and other details in connection with this live worldwide online artwork sale!

prices online sale

I do hope you will join me...

 

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Virtual Art Market Sale + 1st Muse News

Jane's 1st Virtual Art Market SALE!

Muse News - June!

Jane's Virtual Art Market Sale

I've thought for a while now, that it would be nice to put together a video once per month with up-to-date news on artwork, any sale items and discounts, ecourse info., coaching info., in-progress commissioned artwork and favourite art products, current inspiration etc.  I'm calling it Muse News and so here is the first installment for June.

June: Muse News from Jane Hinchliffe on Vimeo.

 

As mentioned in the video, I'm going to be hosting my first ever Jane's Virtual Art Market Sale event via Facebook which will be held on:

Tuesday, June 17th 7-9pm (GMT - UK Summer Time)

So, please put the date into your phone, on your calendar and by all means let your friends or loved ones know too.  Might be an idea to make yourself a cup of tea, or enjoy a glass of wine whilst purchasing some lovely original artwork.

Here is my Facebook page and the event page so that you don't miss a thing!  By following the link, you will find information on the artwork pieces that will be available that night.  Prices will be added to the page shortly.  Here is a link to my Etsy Shop, should you wish to look at these pieces in detail prior to the event.

If there are any pieces unsold after the event, they will return to their original price - so if you are interested, it might be an idea to get them at a great price during those 2 hours on June 17th.

 

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