Creative Processes – talking about Resistance

Unfortunately most of us don’t recognize our resistance. Instead we sit safely in denial, in our illusion, pretending that the art class or the lessons in stage makeup are just something else that we are filling up our lives with. I know this because I spent 40 odd years of my life pretending I wasn’t an artist. I know all the distractions, excuses and rocky stones on this path of Resistance.  They are old well-loved friends, hard to leave behind. Here’s a list of a few of the things that will stop you from doing your true work in the world.

  •  I’ll do it later – when I have time
  • When the kids are going to school – I’ll have time then
  • It would be selfish of me to spend that money when my partner needs a new widget for his car
  • I’ll just do (x) before I look into it
  • Who am I kidding – me, a film director, dancer, artist ………. fill in the blank
  • I’m too old now
  • Everyone else has a head start – they will always be better than me
  • It’s just a pipe dream

This True Work –   It’s what I call SOUL WORK.

This has nothing to do with religion.  It has everything to do with developing the deepest core of your self, which is why we are all so afraid of it.

Now Resistance and Self worth kind of over lap, because often resistance occurs owing to our lack of self-worth.  How does this manifest?

Well unfortunately, often owing to religious beliefs, we have been taught that we are worthless. We have been conditioned to decry our gifts, to exalt our unworthiness and so give away our power. This is why creative people are often found on the fringes of society.

Sadly we often, must disown our tribes, be they familial, political or religious, in order to move forward, free from the strictures that want to contain our creative spirits.  Creativity threatens the tribe because by its very nature it is perceived as anarchy.  It brings with it change and horror of horrors GROWTH!!  And Growth ALWAYS  challenges the status quo and threatens those in power.

creative-freedom resistance

creative freedom


You see, creative spirits need to be free. They cannot create within the bound confines of strangling political and religious systems. It is the work of creatives to push at the boundaries of human understanding. Which of course why so many of them are not recognized as a genius until after they are dead. Society takes a while to catch up and because it does, and for all the reasons stated above, creatives and free thinkers are considered revolutionaries ( which of course they are) and are often persecuted.

Stepping out of Resistance

Stepping out of Resistance

Therefore we have resistance.  We want to hide.  We don’t want to be different. The call of the tribe is strong.  We don’t want to take up the responsibility because it means admitting who we really are and then doing something about it. Sometimes hiding from ourselves seems a lot safer.

This Week’s Question: Can you list at least 5  forms of resistance you are currently using to avoid your creative calling?

Next Thursday’s Post: Waitete Revisited

Next Monday’s Post: Colour Mixing – The Blues

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Pix Credits: Creative Freedom, Business design


The Craft Of Creating – thoughts on the processes of creativity and art making.

Much has been written on the processes of creativity and painting.  About both the more esoteric and the technical skills that we need to acquire along the way. What do I mean by esoteric skills? These are those things which extend beyond the range of what brush to use or how to manipulate your materials. Rather they are those unseen gremlins that litter the creative path, whether you are a writer, painter, sculptor or film maker.

These are the demons of :

  • Resistance
  • Lack of self-worth
  • Perfectionism

There are probably many more, however many other things fall under the umbrella of these, which I like to call, The Big Three. So lets take a look at them individually. One of the really important things about being on the creative journey is that we

A. Recognize that we are on it and

B. Having recognized it, we Embrace it.

Even if you are only attending an art class or going to a creative writing group, stop and think for a moment – WHY are you doing that?

the craft of creating

Taking a Workshop

Most people will rationalize that away by saying something like “It’s just a hobby” or “it’s my time out away from the kids, spouse or whatever.”  However my question to you is,  WHY have you chosen to do that particular thing? Why didn’t you feel called to be an athlete or a deep-sea diver or anything else you might care to name? Well the reason is that you have felt the inner calling of your creative self. We are all called to do something in this world. We have a unique raison d’etre as the French say.  A reason for being that no one else can fulfill because they are not us.

Your turning up at an art class or a creative writing weekend is no accident. You have taken your first steps on the journey. The next post on this topic, will look at Resistance and how we do that.  What kind of behaviours can we identify as coming from Resistance? Check back in two weeks to find answers to these thoughts.

This Week’s Question: How then can you grab hold of your creative fledgling and bring it up to be the beautiful swan it was meant to be?

Next Thursday’s Post:The Dance of  Life Continued

Next Monday’s Post: Colour Mixing – Yellows

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

I wish you a Joyful and Abundant New Year. And what does that have to do with the War of Art?

So here we are again – a New Year has rolled around and we are all wondering where the last one went and thinking about what’s coming up.

We reach for our diaries and journals and madly make lists and vow to turn over a new leaf.  Well that’s all vey fine in theory, however we must ask ourselves – why do we keep putting the same things on the list year after year and never seem to get them done. Well there’s a very good reason for this you see.  It’s called Resistance.  I have just read the most wonderful book, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield .

The War of Art is a MUST READ.  If you do nothing else this year to enhance your creative flow, get this book and read it. Why am I so passionate about it? This quote says it all really… “ Most of us have two lives.  The life we live, and the unlived life within us.  Between the two stands Resistance.

”The book then goes on to identify Resistance, our relationship to it and what we might do about it. It says, ‘Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. …. To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit.  It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be.”

“What does resistance feel like?

First, unhappiness. We feel like hell. A low-grade misery pervades everything. We’re bored; we’re restless. We can’t get no satisfaction. There’s guilt, but we can’t put our finger on the source. We want to go back to bed; we want to get up and party. We feel unloved and unlovable. We’re disgusted. We hate our lives. We hate ourselves. Unalleviated, Resistance mounts to a pitch that becomes unendurable. At this point, vices kick in. Dope, adultery, web surfing .”

I think that after you have read this book you will have a much better handle on why you just cant get to – that painting, replanting the rose garden, setting up your studio or any other creative endeavour you are ‘wanting ‘ to do.

This Week’s Question:What are your biggest Resistance greeblies?

Look For Thursday’s Post: Recent work from Kadira – Golden Light

Next Monday’s Post: Emotions in art – a way towards abstraction

Posted by : Kadira Jennings

Get Adobe Flash player