Archive for June 16, 2018


Here and there, I have been posting about this massive art project I’m working on. The one that should take me at least a year to complete—the one that is forcing this speed painter, whose spent most of his career having to work fast, to slow down and work very methodically. Well, by my calculations (and calculations don’t always go well with me), I’m about a 16th of the way through the process. Here’s the truth, I’m not sure I like it. I’m not sure it’s working and there’s part of me that wonders if I should do the other 15/16 or if it’s time to give up, salvage the canvas and do something else. Yes folks my piece has hit the awkward phase.

Most projects (*especially if you’re trying something you’ve never done before) hit an awkward phase. To some degree even God is not immune. Consider His greatest work, humanity, you hit an awkward phase, *unless you’re one of those disgusting people who was beautiful all the way through adolescence. Most of us hit that phase, our body parts grew at different paces, we get sort of gangly and awkward. Here’s the thing, we also know God knows exactly what He’s doing and even what we see as the awkward phase is really just a natural part of his omniscient design. We go through that phase to get to where we are supposed to be. What we see as awkward is actually an essential part of our development. We have to pass through it. Maybe your work is the same way.

Now of course you’re not God, and there is always the possibility that you are botching your project. Consider for a moment though that your creation isn’t damaged. Maybe it’s just going through a phase. Don’t give up on it. It may well be a natural part of it’s development. Keep going and see it through. Finish what you started. Maybe it’s just the awkward phase. Beauty is happening. It might just take a little while.

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