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

 

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Social Media is a hot topic these days.  

Here are some more thoughts about social media for artists and the various platforms that I am using.

  • Pinterest – I have several boards. It is great for photo research and to keep your work in the public eye. I am just beginning to tap into the potential of this platform.  Pinterest now has a Pinterest Business account available if you are interested.
  • Facebook – I have a page, however the problem is that I can’t seem to find a list of all my likers here.  FB no longer lets you see them.  This makes it hard to build a relationship with them because I don’t know who they are. One of the most useful things I’ve found about FB is it’s groups, facility.  It’s a great way to stay in touch with people like your mastermind group.  You post here instead of sending out oodles of emails.
  • LinkedIn Profile – I also cross-post from my blog to this platform.  It is a biz platform and not so much for visual artists however, although there are also some art professional groups here as well.
  • Instagram – I discussed last week.
  • Twitter – Is great for keeping people up to date with what is going on.  I will often tweet posts that I put on Instagram.
  • My Google+ Again, this is a relatively new platform for me, however despite my neglectful posting, I seem to get many more views here than elsewhere. Over 8400 views so far! 

I don’t think you can be in business these days and neglect the social media side of things. This means you have to either farm it out to a third-party or get organized and do it yourself. The important thing is to do it regularly  – not one of my strong points.  I’m working on that one LOL! I will leave you with one person’s take on how to approach the different platforms – ie what voice to use.

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Social Media Explained (with Donuts) by ChrisL_AK

 

This Weeks Question: Which social media platform are you focusing on and why is this the best one for your business?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: More information on the upcoming exhibition at the Gosford Regional Art gallery and what you might expect to see there.

 

 

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Photo by ChrisL_AK

Group Exhibition In July At The Gosford Regional Gallery

Exhibition in July

The second exhibition in July I’m involved with engages another group of artists.  I will be exhibiting a different body of work from that in the ShoreThyme Exhibition.

There is a wonderful variety of works in this show, with each artist having developed their unique vision of the world. We have been working together for eighteen months now,as a group, in a studio practice under the watchful eye of John Morris, well-known Australian, new Romantic painter.

What is a ‘studio practice?’  A studio practice is the working modus operandi if you like, of the artist.  It involves beginning with an idea, which you work up through sketches, more detailed drawings and perhaps quick paint studies, before settling into the final work.  For example the charcoal drawing I did below, which then became

Working in a series - In the closet I Kadira Jennings

First closet drawing

 

the next image you see here, gives you an idea of how the process develops into a painting.

 

 

It is through this art practice that one grows and develops as an artist.

 

This Weeks Question: What are you doing on Saturday the 18th July at 2.30pm ?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: More On Social Media

 

 

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Instagram, Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest and so on – love em or hate em, they seem to have invaded our lives to the point where we can’t live without them.Social media has been the buzz word for some time now. However are we managing it or is it ruling our lives?

I have struggled to keep up with them all – I just don’t have the time or a team of people who can do it for me. Therefore, I’ve been forced to choose. So what is working for me and what isn’t? What is my biggest issue?

  • Biggest Issue : Keeping everything updated.  
  • How do I solve this problem?  I have begun keeping 1 platform up to the minute, updated and direct people to it from the other platforms if they are interested.  I also cross-post from my blog to Facebook, google+ and twitter and from Instagram to Twitter and sometimes  Facebook.
  • What works best? For me Instagram does.  It’s quick to put a post on and easy to see who’s following you and who you might be interested in.  Also people don’t tend to put what they had for breakfast etc.  It is a platform where many of the people are visual artists and photographers.
  • So if you want a fairly painless way to ease into social media I suggest you give Instagram ago. 
  • You will find the most current images, stories and snippets of my life as an artist here. #artist@work, #KadiraJ

This Weeks Question: Do you have your fingers in any of the social media pies yet?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: Another Exhibition coming up ……….

 

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Photo by Jason A. Howie

Announcing an Upcoming Exhibition in July.

In July this year I will be involved in two different group exhibitions. The first of these will be at ShoreThyme gallery  from the 7th to the 19th of July.  This exhibition will be a retrospective look at the development of my work since 2010. Prior to this date, I had been experiencing a desert in the creative landscape but began working again.

This work began with a series of paintings based around a very special place in New Zealand, Cathedral Cove.

Upcoming exhibition

Cathedral Cove Revisited

I was challenged to begin by doing a series of works with my left hand – and as I am normally right-handed, this was quite a challenge as you can imagine. Below is the first left-handed attempt. It shows a view of the opposite side of the cave.

Cathedral Cove I 19x24" Oils by Kadira Jennings

Cathedral Cove I 19×24″ Oils

This is a group exhibition with two other artists – Julie Macdonald and Esther Beaton.

Come back in a couple of weeks to see some of the other works that will be showing in the exhibition.  In the mean time, pencil the following details into your diary and come along to the  exhibition opening.

OPENS: JULY 7 – JULY 19

OPENING EVENT: Tuesday 7th July

VENUE: ShoreThyme Gallery / Restaurant

There are also some other special surprises, which I will be announcing in June.

This Weeks Question: What are you doing on Tuesday the 7th July at 6pm in the evening?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: Instagram – A great platform for visual artists.

 

Pix Credits: Top Photo – PrueT – @Prue29 on Instagram

 

 

What Kind of Business Is Art? 

Is art a real business?Are you wanting to sell your paintings?  Most artists come to a point somewhere along the way, when they decide it is time to begin looking at selling some of their work, usually for one or both of the following reasons.

  • They have run out of room to store their work.  Every wall is hung with paintings and the garage is full up and the studio is overflowing.
What Kind of Business Is Art

Too Many Paintings

  • The other reason is because you have run out of money to buy new art materials and want to keep going!

So if you are an artist – what is your business really?

  •  Is it making paintings – producing something? 
  • Is it marketing those products?
  • Or are you in the business of Selling

Well the bad news  is that –

Your business is not painting, or writing poetry, or directing movies. These are products that you are producing. 

You are in a business making products that you are SELLING – oops, there’s that horrible word again!

However what is even more important to understand is WHAT  exactly you are selling. Now you are more than likely thinking – “Is she mad? I’m selling paintings, or books or whatever the creative thing is that is being sold.”  Well actually you are not. 

This then naturally segues into a conversation about the value of art. Which I will cover in a later post.  Suffice to say for the moment that in order to sell anything well, you must understand the need that you are filling in the person who is buying that thing.

What is someone looking for when they buy an art work?  Can you answer that question? Why? Because this is what you are really selling. If your works are about children for example, you might be actually selling parent hood feelings, or nostalgia. 

 

This Weeks Question: What kind of person might want your art work?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: Announcing – An Upcoming Exhibition

 

 

10 Things Every Artist Must Have

Have you ever wondered if there are some things that an artist really ought to have?

Well here’s my list of 10 things every artist must have.
Not to say they are necessarily in order of importance, and you might want different things on your list…… well it’s a bit of fun and food for thought. Also  some of the items actually contain more than one thing, are collections perhaps?

10 things every artist must have,Kadira Jennings

Creative Thinking Hat

  1. A Creative Thinking Hat  – or some other thing that you wear or have about your person that gets you in the mood for creativity.
  2. A wonderful collection of inspiring music to listen to as you create.  This of course will be different for everyone.  Did you know that classical music of the Baroque variety, actually stimulates the creative side of the brain and gets you in the zone more easily?
  3. A support person you can rely on to prop you up when you are flagging, to kick you out of your creative doldrums or, offer a shoulder to cry on when it is all too much.
  4. A mentor, who would not be the person mentioned in number three.  This is someone more advanced than you in your chosen field, to offer you unbiased criticism and sage advice.
  5. A list of places to go and things to do on your Artist Dates.
  6. A network of people to help you on the sales side of your business.  This might include people like your accountant, web designer, gallerists and so forth.
  7. A Mastermind Group of other artists that you meet with on a regular basis and who support you in your business and creative practice.
  8. A Creative Journal which documents your ideas, thoughts, works in progress and inspirations.
10 things every artist should have,Art Journal Page

Art Journal Page

9. A fabulous, user-friendly website that must be mobile friendly as well, that showcases your work to its best advantage.

10. An awesome digital portfolio on your iPad or tablet that you take with you wherever you go and show to as many people as possible!

So that’s it.

This Weeks Question:  How many of these ten things do you have?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: Latest paintings.

 

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