You could ditch it, rip it up, scribble over it…you could adapt adapt adapt.
What if there’s a gulf between the astoundingly beautiful vision in your head and the muck that’s appearing on the canvas? This is The Gap.
Creativity lives in The Gap.
If you keep going, you have two fundamental choices.
Keep trying to make your picture (or life) resemble the perfection of your imaginings. This likely leads to a wrestling match with your Inner Critic, your art-esteem, your materials, your existing picture (or life).
and/or you could…
Adapt adapt adapt. Follow your brush or gesture or what’s already appeared. Surrender to the Art of Emergence. Trust the process and the flow of your picture (or life). This option is far easier said than done. It goes against the grain of all we’re taught in our outcome-driven, get-it-right-or-die dominant culture.
Neither of these choices is right or wrong. Much art-making (and life) is a dance between
1. trying to make it like your mind’s eye vision and
2. making the most of what you’re dished up.
It takes courage to create (and live). That’s for sure.