Celebrating Creativity

Hi I'm Kadira Jennings, welcome to Unfolding Creativity, a portal to Abundance Through Creativity.

I am a creative artist celebrating and encouraging the creative in all of us.

My blog is a discussion, and creativity resource. Please take your time, look around and join the conversation if you would like to.
It is my passionate belief that we all have deep within us a creative genius just waiting for half a chance to get out no matter what field we work or play in.

''There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.''
Martha Graham

Creative Entrepreneur Journal Page,Kadira Jennings,Lisa Sonora Beam

Creative Entrepreneur Journal Page

Creative Entrepreneurship

Did you know that being an artist is an entrepreneurial activity? The creative entrepreneur is in some ways no different to a normal kind of entrepreneur. You have a business and it is up to you to make it happen. If you don’t, nobody else will. The creative entrepreneur needs to know her market and be willing to take risks. She must not only produce a product but will also be her greatest proponent of it as well.

Let’s take a look at the dictionary definition of entrepreneur…. Dictionary.com tells us – 

An entrepreneur is a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially business, usually with considerable initiative and risk

Doesn’t that sound like you – the artist, the creative entrepreneur?

There is a book I particularly like, which is a great read for artists. It is called, oddly enough ‘The Creative Entrepreneur’, written by Lisa Sonora Beam.It is one of those books that you really want to own a hard copy of. I have one.  It is a, ‘DIY Visual Guide book for making business ideas real’ and because it is made specifically for the creative person.  It’s very visual in its presentation. 

This book has been around awhile. It was printed in 2008. At this time, Art Journaling was not really all the rage but this book was written using those principles. One of the things that an artist often finds difficult, is sustainable business practices, so it is refreshing to find a book that’s about business, in a way that tickles one’s creative sensibilities. Here is my affiliate link to the book on Amazon.

Below is my take on a great concept of hers – the Creative Entrepreneur Mandala….

Entrepreneur Mandala

In the text she unpacks each axis of the mandala and gives you journaling prompts to help you tease out your own information. It is an easy read, not too complex and there is plenty of encouragement for reflection and putting ideas into practice.If you are interested, Lisa also has some other wonderful Creative Practice Programs. I am doing one at the moment as well as the Creative Entrepreneur material. 


This Weeks Question: Do you have a business plan, one that you use and follow? 

Look For Next Monday’s Post: Review of Colour Workshop Number 2

Works in Progress – November
Kadira Jennings,Pink Lily 24"x 22" Oil on Canvas

Pink Lily 24″x 22″ Oil on Canvas

Wow the months just whizz around and here we are again. What have I done this last month – well quite a bit as it turns out. There have been a few paintings completed and there are several more in the pipeline.

A bit later this month there will be a part 2 of the colour workshop series on the 22nd of November.

October saw the beginning of a new series of works and it took me some time to decide what I was actually going to explore. This is beginning as a revelation of the beauty of the natural world, using flowers in particular.  I am also exploring within this series, our normal perceptions and expectations.  I wish to create spaces that hold time in abeyance and take you into the quantum reality that the artist experiences as they work on a piece.

In order to experience this the viewer must take time to look at and feel the image.

Suspension 1 40"x 40" Oils On Canvas

Suspension 1 40″x 40″ Oils On Canvas


A quick glance will not do it – the work must be given time to work its magic upon you. Each painting is a meditation in itself. 

Each work will have two aspects. The first is a semi realistic version and the second is an abstraction of the first painting which is done largely from memory and intuition. The reason for the second painting is to try to capture the essence of the previous work in a more fluid and instinctive way.

My favourite was finished yesterday…..

Works in progress,Peony Perfection

Peony Perfection      40″x 40″ Oils On Canvas

This Week’s Question: How do you define beauty? I would love you to post your thoughts on this subject

Look For Next Week’s Post: The Creative Entrepreneur….



Felicity O'Connor

Emmersion at Eli, 91x91cm, $800

Central Coast Artists Series Part 1

I have decided to do a series of posts on artists from the Central Coast of  New South Wales Australia, as there are many talented artists living locally.  Today I want to bring to your attention the work of Felicity O’Connor an abstract artist who seems to be anywhere and everywhere at the moment as she has back-to-back successful shows in Sydney and on Central Coast.
Felicity is one of the artists who take part in the Five Lands Art Trail which provides the opportunity for the public to come and view the artists in their working environment. This takes place a couple of times during the year.  She’s just completed a successful show at the Depot II Gallery. 2 Danks Street Waterloo, in Sydney with several sales under her belt.

Coming up from 15th to 20th of December Felicity also has an exhibition at Hunters Hill art gallery in Sydney. She has had many successes in recent years, including being a five time finalist in the Gosford art prize. She was also awarded a highly commended for the ‘art on board prize at Art Shine gallery Sydney in July 2015.


Of her work, Felicity says,

“My paintings are a personal exploration of both literal and emotional places I’ve been to. Through abstraction I can re-experience these places beyond a literal or realistic translation through finding a connection or memory through marks, gestures, colour and relationships of space. Art for me has always been about telling the truth about myself.”

This Weeks Question: Have you ever visited an artist’s studio before

Look For Next Monday’s Post: Works in progress from Kadira’s easel

Wamberal Beach

Wamberal Beach

Have you been to the beautiful Central Coast 80Ks north of Sydney? Not only are there stunning beaches but there are also many things to see and do, ranging from whale watching to tree top climbing Adventures.  Something else you may not have considered is the vibrant arts community to explore, with many hidden galleries and eclectic art studios.

One  of the events which takes place regularly on the Central Coast is the Five Lands Art Trail which is coming up this weekend on the seventh and eighth of November. Several artists on the Central Coast will open their studios for the public to come and have a look at . So if you have a couple of hours why not take a trip, visit some great artist studios and take in some of the local cafes to make a day of it. One of my favourite cafes on the coast is the Two Birds Gallery Cafe at Toowoon Bay.  They have great food and coffee, as well as an intriguing range of hand crafted gifts and paintings. 

five lands art trail cafes

The Five Lands Artists Collective Inc is a non-profit group of over 30 visual, performing and literary artists located on the Central Coast in NSW.  In addition to performances and exhibitions, as part of the 5 LANDS WALK, they initiated this exciting 5 Lands Art Trail in 2012, where art lovers can meet the artists and see their studios first hand!

Here is a list of the artists whose studios will be open this weekend.

This Weeks Question: Have you ever visited an artist’s studio before and seen the processes behind the paintings

Look For Next Monday’s Post: Central Coast Artist Series: Felicity O’connor

Where Have All The Art Blogs Gone?

I have been looking at sharing some of the art blogs on the web and it has turned out to be rather problematic. Why?
Well simply put,

abandoned room photo

so many of the blogs out there are just no longer current. I don’t know what’s going on with Google’s search results but many of the blogs that come up on page one have not been posted to recently – some of them had a last post in 2012 or 2013.
Really?? This is annoying, particularly when one’s own blog is not coming up on page one and many of those that do, have not only relapsed,  but many of them are just electrifyingly bad!

Anyway, despite the fact that some of them are old, and seem to be sitting out there collecting dust in cyberspace, they still have some good posts on them.

I was however excited to find this blog –  Cory Huff’s – The Abundant Artist 

“This is a Web site not only about selling art, but about dispelling the starving artist myth.” – It’s definitely worth taking a look at. As Cory says –

“My goal is to teach artists to be empowered to take charge of their own art business, and to not let others dictate to them whether or not their work is good enough, commercial enough, or fits some pre-determined mold of what an art career should be.

On this site you’ll  find hundreds of free articles, videos, and podcasts designed to help you:

  • Build a Better Artist Website
  • Sell Your Art Online
  • Effectively market with social media
  • Design your own ideal life style
  • Become more business savvy
  • Find the right community that will help you grow as an artist”

If you are an artist – I’m sure you will find something here that you are looking for. 

This Weeks Question: Have you read any great artist blogs recently that you would like to share with us?? 

Look For Next Monday’s Post: The Five Lands Art Trail

Photo by coda

As seems to be the case with most Art competitions these days the Gosford Art Prize is no exception to having a controversial winner.

Below is this years winning painting by central coast artist Pamela Honeyfield, who had not one but two works selected.

Gosford Art Prize

Nightfall Across The Flinders

Many people do not understand this style of painting, however as with all art any judgment is really subjective. You either like it or you don’t.  You understand it or you don’t and even if some one was to explain such a work to you still may not ‘get it’.

Pamela is certainly an artist who is very in alignment with the value of her own work as this is the second year running that she has won the major Gosford Art Prize.

Her thoughts on her own work, “I don’t always have the words, so I like to express myself through art. For me, art is not about placing a price tag, it’s about discovering something of yourself and the world as you move through the process of creating, and sometimes the result, the product of that process is aesthetically pleasing to yourself and to others.”  Last year she submitted the entry below….


Gosford Art Prize

Fields of Gold In Memory of Christine 2013 Oil on Canvas H152cm x W122cm SOLD

For which she received as much criticism as accolades.   This work has a pretty impressive list of accolades however ….  (Finalist Blacktown Art Prize 2013) also a (Finalist for the International Women’s Day Art Prize 2013) (Finalist for the Hunters Hill Art Prize 2014) and (Finalist for the 2014 Gosford Art Prize) – OVERALL WINNER 2014 $10,000 Gosford Art Prize – Special Merit Award on the Online Gallery Light Space Time – Theme – ‘Seasons’

So even if you didn’t like it plenty of others did!

At the end of the day she’s laughing all the way to the bank!

If you haven’t been in to see this years entries – it’s worth taking a look.  It will be interesting to see who takes out the peoples choice award at the close of the exhibition. Go and have your say if you don’t like this winner.

This Weeks Question: Who would you have liked to see as the Gosford Art Prize winner?

Look For Next Monday’s Post:Where have all the art blogs gone??

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