Conversations on Creativity – vulnerability

Conversations on Creativity is part of an ongoing discussion, containing snippets of interest from conversations with my friend, creative writer and film maker Prue.

This week we were discussing a Ted talk on connection and how that is impacted by our fear that we aren’t worthy of it. This lack of self-esteem,  in turn leads to links between the cause of the shame and fear and our inability to allow ourselves to be vulnerable.

As artists and creative people. these are issues that repeatedly surface for us. SO I recommend you put aside the 20 minutes to listen to Brene and hear what she has to say.  In fact this information relates to every area of our lives, not just our creative selves.

I am unable to embed the video as it’s too big for my blog, however you can view it here – The Power of Vulnerability

Brene Brown - vulnerability

Brene Brown


As artists, to be truly authentic in our work, means to also be vulnerable, to paint our truth, our story. Why? Simply because no one else can do it. We have to find the courage to keep showing up, to keep putting pen to paper or brush to canvas. That’s the first part. The second part is then having courage to own our vulnerability by sharing what we have created. Let yourself be seen.

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This week’s question: How are you showing up? What vulnerability are you hiding?

Look For Thursday’s Post: Developing a series of works.

Next Monday’s Post: Hmmm – not quite up to that yet – check Thursdays post for an update…..

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Image Credits: Susannah Conway

Photo by zigwamp

Creativity Conversations

To continue with last week’s conversation – I wanted to share some of the thoughts that came up this week as we explored ideas for our video bytes.  One of the key points in our conversation was the following thought….

‘It’s process, it’s all about process’

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Now what does that mean?  Well that small word actually encompasses several different ideas.

  • The first step in any process begins in the mind
  • Process can mean the actual steps in a task that one takes to do something
  • It also encompasses the whole entirety of a task in all its facets
  • Being a creative person is not just about each piece that you create, it is also about your entire journey and development as an artist.
  • When you look back on that journey, can you identify major Y forks in the road where a certain decision has led you down a particular path?
  • If you had your time over, would you do the same thing again and if not why not?

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  • Are you a recording artist, a live performer  or a combination of both? Why do you do what you do?


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  • Are you a plein air painter or a studio artist? What is important about your process?

This week’s question:  What is YOUR process and how well does it serve you?

Look For Thursday’s Post:  Somewhere in the heart contd.

Next Monday’s Post: Mental Health Art awards – exhibition

Posted By: Kadira Jennings





Photo by christian.senger

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