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

Childhood Causes For Creative Blocks

Creative blocks – childhood events that can cause them

So let me tell you what put me off art at a very young age, the thing that formed one of my major creative blocks.  You might think I took a shine to painting from the time I could manage to hold a paint brush.
Sadly, this was not the case for me. When I was around eight I remember sitting in class one day. We had been asked to draw a portrait., which I had nearly finished doing. In fact I was feeling quite proud of that fledgling art work. The little artist in me was alive and well for about twenty minutes. Until the teacher arrived at my desk.

catholic nun teaching photo

The picture above pretty much embodies the feeling I got from the nun looking over my shoulder as she came around the room.  She stopped and remarked on everyone’s work.  However when she got to me she just stopped and said nothing.  Standing there for several moments before moving on.  Well my little artist felt the world crashing down in a deafening silence.  I felt like I’d done the worst picture in the room, it being so bad that it wasn’t worthy of any kind of comment – good or bad.

It was a long time before I tried drawing and painting again. However there were two fundamental lessons I finally learnt from this incident…..

  • One,  that we can give any meaning we like to an event and that you can therefore go back and change your perception about that event.
  • Two, that at that time I began a pattern of needing others approval to feel good about myself. At the time I felt judged and found wanting. Lack of self-worth and self-criticism crept in, two terrible twins of resistance that followed in many areas of my life  and certainly on the creative path.

However shining a light into this memory, helped me understand my error and grieve for my little artist self, which in turn enabled me to move on and begin feeling proud of my work.

This week’s question: Have you gone back and mined your childhood for information about your blocks yet?

Look For Thursday’s Post:   A different kind of abstraction

Next Monday’s Post: Fun in France!! 

Photo by www.audio-luci-store.it

Abstracts And Underpainting

Underpainting and abstracts

This post looks at the further use of underpainting and how it can influence our work in quite dramatic ways. The paintings you see here are underpaintings done in preparation for a colour blocking technique. The finished version of this appears later in the post.

Working drawing charcoal for Underpainting

Working drawing charcoal


  • A simple place to start is to get the real estate pages out of the paper and go through the houses for sale.  Look at the images until you find one that has shapes that appeal to you.
  • Then do some preliminary drawings until you find an arrangement of shapes that you like as in the above drawing.
  • Then you paint an under painting of your working drawing – this is version I
Magenta House underpainting

Magenta House underpainting

  • You might experiment with different colours on top of your underpainting.
  • Or take the same composition and give it a totally different colour palette.  You can see what a different effect you can get by doing this .
  • See how by placing different tones and colours in the same position, you take the viewer’s eye to a different place.
  • For extra emphasis separate the colour blocks with thick or thin or uneven black or coloured lines

And then you have the finished painting

Magenta house  - finished

Magenta house – finished

To see the same subject handled differently – check out next weeks post……

Next Thursday’s Post: Developing an abstract painting continued

Next Monday’s Post: Childhood causes for creative blocks

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Secrets about How To Deal With Fear

How to deal with fear?

This is one of the best kept secrets in the world I think.  Well the technique deals with any emotion really, but in this case we are addressing getting rid of your fear.

fear photo

Did you know that the best thing to do when you are experiencing fear of something is to actually go into the feeling of the fear and just ‘be’  with that feeling until it peaks and dissipates.  The odd thing is, that if you actually allow yourself to experience your fear in this way,  you will no longer have the fear. It’s like it burns itself out.  Fear itself can’t hurt you.

Like any other ‘emotion’  fear is just a form of energy in motion.  This is why ‘they’ say to feel the fear and do the thing anyway. If you observe little children, they experience their emotions immediately.  We are the ones who teach them to push them down, bottle them up and not feel them. The problem with this is that we get so good at it, we then have difficulty even figuring out what we are feeling.

temper tantrums photo

Now all this becomes important when trying to understand what your fears are in relation to unfolding your creativity. Unless you know what you are specifically afraid of, how can you bring it back, feel it and let it go so you are free to move on and open up your creative box?  No one can tell you this.  You have to figure it out for your self and the answers will more than likely be found in your child hood.

For example it took me a long time to figure out that a very big fear around my creativity came from a child hood experience I had……. to be continued  in the next post.

This weeks question: Can you access the childhood fear that is keeping you stuck?

Look For Thursday’s Post:  Developing an abstract painting

Next Monday’s Post: Childhood causes for creative blocks

Posted By:  Kadira Jennings


Photo by Lara Cores

Photo by LizaWasHere


Southland Studies Finished

Southland studies

Well I did get the studies finished, however I’m undecided still as to whether I not I’m going to take these further into a bigger work. – Not quite happy with them really. Check last weeks post to see the underpainting.

Southland Studies 1 Kadira Jennings

Southland Study 1

And the second one …….


Southland Studies 2 Kadora Jennings

Southland Study 2

And that’s it for this week.

Next Thursday’s Post: Developing an abstract painting

Next Monday’s Post: Fear and Creating

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Called To Create

Called to create – are you?

Continuing our discussion from last week, lets take a look at the question that was posed.

What is the invisible box hindering your creativity?

So you have a unique ability and don’t really want to share it with the world.  Well that’s OK. However this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do your best to develop it. And the thing is that even if you don’t personally get around to sharing it, some one at some point will and others will benefit.  There are so many artists down through history, who didn’t become famous till after they had died.

What if Van Gogh had decided not to keep on painting, despite the lack of recognition he received when he was alive.  We would not be able to see his beautiful works today. But he didn’t hold back.  He kept on working until the end of his life.  Do we have the right to do any less?

Well, we all have free will you might argue, and certainly we do, and you may say there are other things you have to do. Be that as it may, my question is, why don’t you want to do the thing you are best in the world at?

In a word it all comes back to  fear. Fear can take many forms, and it will nearly always stop us from doing something that we want to do. The thing is to understand what you are afraid of, because then you can deal with it.. As the saying goes – ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’.

One of the best kept secrets in the world is that of how to deal with fear.  So I would suggest that your invisible box more than likely has a rather fancy wrapping paper  of fear around it.

gift wrapped box photo

Check out next week’s post for more on fear.

This weeks question: What are you afraid of?  What fear is keeping you stuck or away from your art?

Look For Thursday’s Post:  Southland Studies

Next Monday’s Post: Fear and Creating

Posted By:  Kadira Jennings

Photo by Muffet

Studies for Southland Series

I have been working on the Southland Series, working up one of the areas of the Southern Hills II painting in some small trial paintings, with a view to doing a larger version a bit further down the track.. There is an area of the original painting that I think bears further exploration, and may become almost abstract in the process….. see below

Studies For Southland Series

Southern Hills snippet

So I’m looking at a couple of different ways to treat this area.

Here are the first stages of that….

Southland Series - Study I

And this…..

Southland Series - Study 2 -Underpainting

Study 2 -Underpainting


Southland Series Study  2 -Underpainting

Southland Study 2 -Underpainting further on…


Next Thursday’s Post: Southland Studies Finished

Next Monday’s Post: Called To Create

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

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