Ugly paintings

Having a lot of bad ideas doesn’t make you a bad artist. It just means that you have a lot of bad ideas.

Here’s an ugly painting.

10.-Woman-III-by-Willem-de-Kooning

Was this ugly painting a bad idea?

No. It’s just an ugly painting. The artist probably thought, “I want to paint and it’s going to be ugly.” Not, “I want to paint, but it’s going to be ugly, so I’m not going to.” If everything were supposed to be pretty, art would be boring.

The trick to creativity is having more ‘and’ and less ‘but.’

I have all these ideas for a coffee blog and I’m going to wake up earlier to draft the design before I go to work.

I have all these ideas for a podcast about the life of Sigismund Schlomo Freud and I’m going to cold email local psychoanalysts if they want to be a guest.

The ‘and’ makes you feel like working on that idea today. You can’t help but feel inspired when you hear somebody say, “I really wanna do this and I’m gonna to start today even though I have an 8 hour shift at this job that I hate.”

Now, consider the but.

I have all these ideas for a coffee blog but I’m too busy. (Do you feel the oxygen being sucked out of the room?)

I have all these ideas for this oh it’s nothing, it would just be some dumb podcast about this weird guy named Sigmund. But even if I started working on it nobody would…

Enough. There’s magic buried underneath the dirt of your excuses and insecurities.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

And I hope that your ugly creations are beautiful to you.

 

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