Have you ever gotten to a point in a project where you feel like you’ve made a bigger mess than you started out with or that it’s going to be a complete and utter failure? I can’t tell you how many times I’ll start an organizing/decluttering project and when I see everything everywhere, I start to panic and get mad because this is NOT what I wanted to do and I should have just left it alone to begin with.
But then you work through it, and it gets better. Piles form, they get put away, and the space is cleaner and even if it’s not quite perfect, it feels like a breath of fresh air whenever you look at it.
Working on any of my art pieces feels like that. There is ALWAYS a point in the piece where it looks HORRIBLE. I feel like there is no way in the world that this is going to look anything like I imagined and that I’m the worst artist ever. If you’re an artist, you can probably relate to this.
But then the wise words of Mrs. Lee enter my brain:
“It has to get worse before it can get better.”
I may change it up to “It has to look worse before it can look better,” but the idea is still the same!
Who’s Mrs. Lee you may ask? Oh, just my high school math teacher! I’m almost positive that we were working through the quadratic formula or some calculus problem of doom whenever she’d mention this, usually prompted by the look of panic in our eyes. Little did she know that someday, one of her math students would become an artist, repeating this mantra as she created in her basement studio.
I was working on a brand new painting this morning and I got to this point. I wanted to throw the canvas out the window, wipe the paint off of it, burn it, whatever I could do to get rid of it. But I said those words and pushed through…
It had to get worse before it got better.
And guys, it’s gorgeous. I can’t wait until it’s dry so I can share it with you!
Are there any phrases or words of wisdom that you repeat to yourself?