A Showdown with Resistance: Postcards from New York

by Lisa Call on November 6, 2012

in Being an Artist

First Sightings of Postcards from New York


Since my return from New York City in mid September I have been working on my new project – Postcards from New York.

Or shall I say I’ve been trying to work on them.

First I had to deal with the post show blues.

After that was over – I pulled out my sketches for the project to see where they would lead me. I love the hand stitching of the sketches but I wanted something else for the final project.

Unfortunately all of my ideas ended up rather lackluster. I was focusing on windows and it just wasn’t happening for me as I had hoped.

I did finally make 1 piece that I liked but it was a struggle – I wasn’t sure how to reproduce it.

Resistance was raising it’s ugly head (you might know it – it’s that force that stops us from doing what we want to do).


So I stepped back and started the quilting on Portals #6.

Or at least I thought about it a lot – I was kinda stuck there also as I wanted to do something different. But I wasn’t sure what.

I procrastinated by wrapping up the finishing touches on a few other textile paintings – bindings, labels, hanging sleeves. Not the stuff of creativity but necessity.

Arg the score is now: Me – 0, Resistance – 2

And then Superstorm Sandy devastated this beloved city (interestingly my artwork from my solo show in NYC arrived home in Colorado a day after the storm hit Manhattan – hm).

I began to have doubts about pursuing this project at this time.

But I needed to do something in the studio (I’m an artist – I must make things!) so I grabbed Portals #6 and started stitching (fortunately an idea popped into my mind as I was gluing pictures of inspiring images into my sketchbook a few days back).

I’m not sure I like where I’m going with Portals #6 but that’s a thought for another post. The important thing is pushed passed the block and did something. Because just doing anything at all is better than nothing.

Score: Me – 1, Resistance – 1

The Showdown

Yesterday I was determined to go back to Postcards from NY – I promised them to the collectors that prepurchased them in November and it was time to get over it and make it happen.

Sadly I didn’t do it. Oops. I’m still working on that priority thing.

I also needed to work through my feelings and decided that honoring New York City with this project is an excellent use of my time and I’ll be donating a portion of the sales to the Red Cross to help those in need.

With that settled, this morning I went straight to my studio for a showdown with resistance.

(Okay – almost straight – I did send an email to my accountability partners with my todo list for the day – with “work in studio for 1 hour on Postcards from New York” as my most important item.)

The first half hour was a slog – creating yet another windows piece that didn’t resonate with me. In desperation I cut apart one of my first attempts and in the process figured out how to create something that I liked.

Yahoo. Score: Me – 2, Resistance – 0

I’m now excited to get back to the studio to make more and the ideas are flowing again.

I win :)

Where are you facing resistance in your life? What would happen if tomorrow morning you just went ahead and took action and ignored it?


More in Progress


Candy from Candied Fabrics November 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Ooh, ooh, ooh! Love those first 2! Can’t wait to see where this goes!

Lisa Call November 7, 2012 at 7:57 am

Thank you Candy. I’m looking forward to more studio time tonight to find out.


kellyt November 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Good for you Lisa!!! I was feeling resistance today too. I found it painful to power through it and slow. I did, in the end; make progress.

Lisa Call November 7, 2012 at 7:56 am

Hurray – congrats on making it through Kelly!

Great to put resistance in its place.


Cindy Doggett November 7, 2012 at 7:34 am

I really think these postcards are wonderful!

Lisa Call November 7, 2012 at 7:56 am

Thank you Cindy! I’m liking the direction also – it was worth the struggle :)


Lena November 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

Oh, Lisa, I am glad that you gave us a little sneak peek into your struggles. And I love the beginning of your new series. And as I have pre-bought a little one, I am glad that you are on your way. I had no doubt you will succeed with it.

Lisa Call November 9, 2012 at 8:30 am


Glad you like them! And thank you thank you for buying one! It is a huge honor when another artist purchases my artwork.

I’m cruising along pretty good in the studio making more – I’ll post another update next week.

Thank you Lena,


Hannah Hunter November 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I think you’ve done a good job describing the inevitable “after the exhibit” downtime and subsequent resistance. I always think of the seasonal cycle: you’ve grown the crop, harvested it and now you’re in that time of quiescence, of waiting for that wonderful drive to come forth.

Lisa Call November 9, 2012 at 7:06 am


I like that analogy! Nice. Thank you!


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