The Ugly Phase

UWhen I took painting lessons (art not house) the instructor warned us there would be an ugly phase when we would just hate our painting. He reminded us not to give up on it, but not keep going then and ruin it. So I would take a break, go for a walk, and come back to it later. Most of the time I ended up with something I was pleased with.

There was one painting I remember as “The Broccoli” that I threw out eventually. Maybe I kept going when I should have stopped. The assignment was to draw the silhouette of a shadow and paint it in contrasting colors. The green part of my image looked like a head of broccoli against a red background. I don’t even remember what the object was that I traced. For my next attempt, I traced the outline of a plant and painted it yellow and purple. It turned out to be one of my favorite paintings from the class.

I imagine this could be applied to life. Are you on the borderline of the ugly phase of something? In the middle of it? Can you step away?


This blog post is part of the April 2016 A-Z  Challenge which involves writing a blog post every day (except for Sunday) with a theme based on the letters of the alphabet (April 1-A, April 2-B, etc.). I will be focusing on wellness. 
You can click here to find other participants. Please feel free to leave a link to your blog with your comments so I can visit you too.



Published by Cherrie Ali

I live in Miami and I enjoy writing, traveling, dogs, and geocaching.

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  1. I think in most pursuits there is the ugly phase. I am an artist and I have thrown more things away than I can remember.
    I am currently remodeling my house (room by room.) I have been working one project since March that I never intended. I had to box in a new vanity to hide plumbing that had been put in a weird place. Ive created a one of a kind vanity that has hand made, hand stained trim. It really is lovely tho it’s pushed all of my projects behind. I guess I cant throw my house away and start over (smiles)
    Thanks for your visit


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