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

morning pages,fountain pen photo,kadira jenningsUnlock The Magic Of Morning Pages

Morning Pages – what are they? Why all the fuss about them? You may already know about Morning Pages but for those of you who don’t I will fill you in.
Before I do that however, if you do know about Morning Pages my question to you is, are you doing them still? If not – why do you think that might be?

Morning pages are simply 2-3 pages of freehand writing, done first thing in the morning. The idea behind them is that they offer a place to get rid of a lot of unneeded thoughts that roll around in your head and fill up your memory space. Morning Pages allow us to write whatever we want. Since they are for your eyes only, if you want to gripe about your partner, whinge about your kids or generally feel sorry for yourself, this is the place to do it. Morning Pages allow you the luxury of being truly honest in how you feel about yourself and others. This freedom can lead to great Insights and Clarity about what is going on in your life. 

I find that even if I don’t have time to write three Pages longhand that I might only do one or two. The still gives me an opportunity to get some thoughts down.
I have also taken to having a highlighter or red pen with me as I write because sometimes I glean great information as I go along and want to be able to get back to that place quickly. It is amazing some of the Insights and inspiration that can come to you when you are doing this practice.

I use the word practice quite deliberately here.  It is a practice – something you need to do over and over again.As you do them you find out what is really important to you and  what is not.  They can comfort and prioritize for you, as well as giving you a safe place to vent. 

There are only two rules really.  The first is to be real and honest.  Don’t pull any punches.  If you feel undervalued, ignored or sidelined say so.  If you are proud of your achievements, praise yourself.  How often do you do that? Praising ourselves is kind of frowned upon in our culture, but why shouldnt we be proud of what we’ve done. So Morning Pages are a great place for self acknowledgement.

The second is that you must write longhand, with a pen or pencil in your hand. The reason for this is that there is some strange magic that happens when we put pen to paper. There is a tactile energy that we do not awaken when we type. Even if your handwriting is pretty bad like mine is,  allow yourself to practice.

 

I would like to acknowledge that I was not the person to dream this process up, rather it was world-famous author, Julia Cameron. She has written many books on creative practice some of which I will review in later blog posts.

And that my friends is the wonderful tool of Morning Pages.  

 

morning pages,fountain pen photo,kadira jennings,writing photo

 

 

This Weeks Question: When will you begin your Morning Pages?

Look For Next Week’s Post: What is the key to a great studio practice? 

Photo by mrsdkrebs

How To Find Your Perfect Exhibition Space

Perfect Exhibition Space,Community gallery - Gosford Regional Gallery

Community gallery – Gosford Regional Gallery

 

The perfect exhibition space is not the same for everyone. Here are some things to consider when looking for your perfect exhibition space.

  • Do you want to exhibit in your home town, or are you looking for representation further afield?
  • Do you want a solo show or a group exhibition?
  • What type of space to you want to exhibit in?
    • An artist run cooperative
    • A main stream well-known gallery
    • A coffee shop type gallery
    • A  vanity gallery
    • A space you hire and set up as a temporary gallery
    • A studio exhibition
    • A pop up gallery
  • What budget do you want to allow for your exhibition 
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The Louvre

 

  • Do you want a bricks and mortar exhibition or a virtual one with an online gallery?
  • How big are your works, are you going to need a large space to exhibit them or will a smaller one do?

As you can see there are many different options and you need to consider all of them to find the perfect exhibition space for you.

This Weeks Question: How Do You Unlock The Magic Of Morning Pages?

Next Weeks Post: An update on my new series?

Pix Credit:  Unsplash (Pixabay)

 

Discover New Insights By Mentoring Others

Discover New Insights By Mentoring OthersDiscover New Insights By Mentoring Others

Mentoring others. This is something we can all do no matter what stage of life we are at or what our life path is. Mentoring is a great way for us to understand what we know about ourselves and the subject at hand. If you have never taught I believe that mentoring is invaluable in discovering more about your own journey. Here are some key points about mentoring…..

  • If you are a creative who teaches, then you are already mentoring others.
  • Traditionally mentoring was a non paid activity, where you took  someone under your wing and showed them the ropes.
  • It is not dissimilar to an apprenticeship. However, apprentices are usually paid a small amount and in return they perform some of the more menial tasks of the job.
  • If you cannot afford to pay an apprentice you may still find that there are those new to your profession who will appreciate a hand in learning the basics, and who are willing to help you with the tasks of your art business in return.
  • The fact is, that you are teaching them what they need to know from the invaluable perspective of  where you have been. You are able to help them through the minefield of mistakes you have already made so they do not have to make them.
  • All importantly, you are showing them what works and what doesn’t.

Not only should you consider mentoring others, I would ask whether or not you have a mentor yourself. Sometimes a mentor may be found not in a single person, but rather, within the supportive environment of an online group. There are many of these on Facebook. Obviously you will need to test the waters so to speak, for  while where are some amazing groups out there, there are also many that are not so good. The other thing these groups are good for is extending your network and increasing your own support system.

Mentoring Others

Mentoring Others

For an in-depth analysis of the benefits of mentoring others I suggest you take a look at this page on mentoring others.  Although it is written from a business perspective, it gives you many ideas to think about.

 

This Weeks Question: Do you need to find a mentor for yourself or to become one?

Next Weeks Post: Exhibiting – how to find the perfect space?

 

Pic Credits: Photo by leovalente

colour mixing freedom,colour mixing workshop,Colour Mixing Freedom Now.

Colour mixing freedom is something all new artists long for. If you want the short road, then frankly you need to get some tuition on it. I spent many years painting and it wasn’t until I went to a professional artist to get some help with my drawing that I realised I actually had a completely wrong concept about colour mixing. I am not going to say it is easy. It isn’t. However once you understand the principles behind colour mixing you have some powerful tools in your toolbox. It’s only then that you can begin to really these tools and  get the colour mixing results that you could only dream of before. When you do not understand the principles involved in colour mixing, it always seems to be such a hit and miss affair. A bit of a lottery really.

You see, the issue is a scientific one, and until you actually understand the science behind it you cannot truly understand what happens when you mix two of your paints together. It is for this reason that I have put together two colour mixing workshops. There is a beginners and an advanced. A couple of weeks ago I told you about beginners workshop. Today I’m going to fill you in on what we do in the second Workshop. So if you have already done the beginning one and you are wondering if you really need to do the more advanced one, this post should help you to make that decision.

In the Advanced Workshop you will learn:

How to understand more advanced colour mixing knowledge. In order to attend this workshop you will have had to have done the introductory workshop first.

  • More on colour values
  • Mixing dominant and subordinate colour
  • Abstract Complementaries
  • Colour discords
  • Analogous colours and split complementaries
  • The psychology of colour
  • We will look at relationships between colours, how they affect each other and how you can use this to your advantage.

 

Colour mixing freedom,Colour Workshop,

Playing with complementary colours

 

A Payment plan is also available. You may spread the payments over 3, monthly payments of $80 per month for each workshop.

TIME: Workshops are from 9am—4pm. It is a full day so you will need to bring lunch.  Morning and afternoon tea are provided.

VENUE: Studio 1—60 Maitland Rd, Springfield

WHAT TO BRING: Once you have paid your deposit you will receive a follow-up email with details of what you will need to bring.  If you have any questions, please call or email me.

NB: When you have booked please email me that you have done so and I will email you a list of the materials you will need to bring.

CONTACT DETAILS: Kadira Ph: 04144 38121 or email kadira@artclassescentralcoast.com

The bank details are below –

Please put your FIRST NAME, LAST INITIAL and the following codes depending on what you are attending ….    WKSHP I, WKSHP II  or BOTH WKSHP on your deposit I look forward to seeing you there and helping you navigate the minefield of achieving colour mixing freedom.Art Classes Central Coast

BANK: (Westpac Erina)

BSB: 032564

A/C:  255662

I look forward to seeing you there and helping you navigate the minefield of achieving colour mixing freedom.

 

This Weeks Question: Where are the gaps in your colour mixing knowledge?

Next Weeks Post: Discover New Insights By Mentoring Others!

 

Pix Credit: Photo by 422737 (Pixabay)

A New Series is Blasting Its Way To The Canvas.

A New Series is on its way – finally. At the moment it is blasting its way through Photoshop, as I fiddle and tweak multiple images in an attempt to come up with some satisfying images. I could continue with the refugee theme, however I feel I’ve done my dash with that one, and I would like to revisit the recurring themes in some of my other work.

 

Art Processes

Inspiration for preliminary drawings

 

 

So what are these recurring themes. Well the main one that has constantly presented itself in a variety of ways, is the theme of layering. I think the reason for this is that I perceive the world as being multidimensional. Consciousness exists in different dimensions, i.e. our waking consciousness and our subconscious mind. How societies contain many layers was in them from the privileged to the underprivileged. And our world itself has many country at different levels of advancement both physical spiritual and technological.
Of course as well as this, scientist’s have recently discovered the whole existence of the quantum field. The workings of this field fascinates me and I have done several courses with Dr Jean Houston  Ph.D. on how we can access and use it. She is a scholar, philosopher and researcher in Human Capacities, and is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. She is long regarded as one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. 

Her work with quantum physics has given me to a completely different understanding of my relationship with my creativity. She has opened my eyes to the possibilities of co-creation with the vast creative potential the universe.
So this next body of work is being produced from a very different base level. At the moment I am working on becoming much more partnered with my intuition, working with embodying my ideas through movement and dance before attempting to place them on the canvas.

 

dance

 

 

In the next post I will share with you a portion of a recent channeling on this subject.

And I might add to the above quote – “If you dance with your heart, your body will follow and your brush will execute the dance of your heart.”

This Weeks Question: What is your creative process?  Are you familiar with it and does it work for you?

Next Weeks Post: What don’t you about colour – Colour workshop coming up?

 

 

Pix Credit: Shrimp Salad Circus

How To Get Your Art Biz On Track Now!

Get your art biz on track. Are you an artist or creative  entrepreneur? Are you struggling with the biz side of things and are quite frankly feeling like – ‘I’d RATHER be in the studio’. There is so much to do when you are an artpreneur. After all you are not just being an artist and creating wonderful creations, you are also a business person and if you’re anything like me there are times when you need help with that. Even the top people in their fields have mentors. So do you have one? Or perhaps a business coach?

Get Your Art Biz On Track,Crista Cloutier,working artist
Many artists feel quite overwhelmed when it comes to getting the art out the studio door, and I’ve been no exception to that one. I have done a few different online business courses for artists and today I’d like to share with you the one that I think is the top of the pick.
This course,The Working Artist, is run by Crista Cloutier. What is unique about her is that she has been on both sides of the art world. She began her career, working in a fine art print gallery in the United States. She ended up managing this gallery and later moved on to start her own gallery. She is also an artist herself and therefore has a unique perspective, being able to understand the art world from both points of view.

She says, “My gift lies in empowering artists like you to gain the clarity, direction, and focus to transform your art-making practice into an authentic and rewarding career. You can have sell-out shows, have work collected by museums, and draw a faithful collector base. This is an incredible time to be an artist! “

Get Your Art Biz On Track,Crista Cloutier,working artist

Crista Cloutier

I took her online course last year and found it to be the best I have ever done.  It wasn’t that I didn’t know much of the material she presented, rather I think a large contributing factor was the way it was delivered.  Her ‘Working Artist’ platform, is the best on-line platform I have ever worked with.  It allowed me to proceed at my own pace and yet also had a great accountability tool, which I am still using to keep track of where I’m at and what I still need to do. I also had the opportunity to have a personal coaching call with her, where we went over my art biz with a fine tooth comb.  This was invaluable! Crista delivers everything and much more than she promises. 

If you are interested, and want to get your art biz on track, join her mailing list to get an update on when her next course is scheduled for. She also has a great blog, called Jump, packed with information for working artists. I highly recommend this course.

This Weeks Question: Do you need to learn more about the business of being an artist?

Next Weeks Post: A new series of work coming up!

 

Photo by RichardBowen

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