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April 01, 2012



great article! what a fun topic. I love ugly art!

Misty Kirkland

I really wish you'd quit diggin around in my mind, lol. You hit the nail on the head. That's always been my big hang up. When I create a real "stinker"- that really puts me off for a while. It really makes me mad when something that I've been thinking about for a long time & really excited about doesn't turn out no matter what I try. Hard to just scrap that idea. Or like a couple of my paintings- it take a year or two to finally see the big picture & finish them.


Thank you for a really well written article. I completely recognize myself in every word and struggle to put that first mark on the white paper, every time! I like the idea of bringing in some ugly to let myself grow. I will do so. Today. Thank you!


This is great, thanks! I know exactly what you mean! Some time ago, I read on someone's blog that she made at least 100 ugly paintings before she started making ones she liked. So I gave myself permission to do just that. Instead of thinking I don't know how to paint, I just do it. And it's fun!!! I think I have about 8 (quite bad...) paintings so far, and they make me smile. I'm going to have to remember that bit about pinterest, though ;-)

Dawn Supina

Good thoughts Debra ~ reminds me of an excellent quote by Vincent Van Gogh on facing a blank canvas: "Just slap anything on when you see a blank canvas staring you in the face like some imbecile. You don't know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas is, which says to the painter, ‘You can't do a thing’. The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerizes some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves. Many painters are afraid in front of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares and who has broken the spell of `you can't' once and for all.”

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