Resistance is more than the brave people who worked during WWII to defeat the Nazis. I’m talking about resistance, the Nazi within. We all have it, and I think creative people have many close encounters with the beast, probably once a day or so.
As an artist, I walk into the studio every day with the hope of being productive and inspired. Many times I walk in there with the need of coffee or some other stimulant to keep myself alert.
Truth is, energy is available in vast abundance.
Resistance shows up in many ways:
Don’t try these new paints, they won’t work well.
Don’t repaint that old picture.
Cleaning your fridge would be a more effective use of time…
The studio is too dirty to work in, clean it!
Painting is an iffy proposition–at all times.
Don’t waste the paint on that old painting.
You;re too tired to paint…
It goes on and on. Why is it that so many excuses pop up when we’re about to do something that we actually enjoy. It’s like starting over every day.
Maybe creativity is that way. What will show up on the canvas is uncertain, so why even try? Every new day is a challenge.
Should I use my time better, do something that needs to be done (chore) or do I stick with the plan?
Since I made the agreement to stick with my art years ago, it has become simple to stay in the studio, but Resistance will show up in sneaky ways, holding hand with its cousin Excuses.
It’s never easy.
But what worthy endeavor is?
It’s also hard to be self motivated. We learn early on to follow orders, never questioning their importance.
Taking charge of your life and actually DOING something you love on a greater scale can be scary.
Flying without a safety net.
For many, that is a nightmare.
It is the trickster within that builds things out of proportion and say you can’t have a life that is outside the norm.
Let’s say the trickster is the ultimate expert, the father of resistance and excuses.
When you recognize these guys, just laugh.
You have enough confidence in yourself to know you’re being tricked.
A solid commitment to the art, or craft, is a must. If we haven’t made the DECISION to make art no matter what, we don’t have a strong foundation.
A strong commitment and habits to produce will strong-arm those negative voices aside. It’s really important to nurture the commitment. With time it becomes very strong.
Every painting is a risk of failure, but what isn’t?
It’s worth a try. When inspiration seems to be absent, spread some paint on a canvas anyway. It could become a good foundation for a masterpiece.
Practice allows the door to open up and magic step in.
It’s a special joy to see the process through, and the rewards can be great. You never know on any given day.
Another post that might inspire you when the negative voices are loud: My inner critic on rampage.
Another post: Who is in charge?
I’m working on this goddess painting. It will need some tweaking, but it was a great process of seeing her emerge from the chaotic background.
I don’t know what will appear today on the next canvas. Time to find out!
Have a great creative weekend!
P.S. I have lots of goodies in my etsy shop, Earth and Faery. Check it out. 🙂