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

Freedom and Art

Freedom and Art are two things that seem to go hand in hand. Anyone in the Western world cannot be unaware of what is happening in Syria at the moment. The desire to create, love and be free is in every human heart no matter what oppressive regime tries to stamp them out. I was very moved by this beautiful image posted on Facebook during the week.

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Klimt in Syria

 

Whether this is real or a digitally superimposed image, matters not – it is the concept that is important here. It took someone – unknown at this point, to think of the idea in the first place. What a wonderful idea, if we could beautify all the destroyed buildings with wonderful works of art. It is hard to imagine the cost, physically, mentally and emotionally, of living in such devastating conditions. Art on the other hand can be uplifting, restoring beauty where it has been torn down and giving the downtrodden hope for the future.

The ironical thing is that as soon as finances become constrained for what ever reason, the first thing to go is spending on Creativity and the Arts.  Freedom and art can become mutually exclusive in times of difficulty. Governments actively destroy great works of art during purges or just stop arts funding.  Recently Australia has undergone a round of draconian cost cutting by our government and the latest thing to fall under the axe along with education and health care funding, are many of the Arts projects. One of these is Narva  which is our national association of visual artists. There are so many benefits available to artists through this group,  including access to a large knowledge base on running an arts business and everything to do with the Arts, funding for artists, and help in so many areas for professional, practicing artists. However the government has decided in its great wisdom that artists no longer need to invest in the country’s cultural development.

The saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand word’ is so true.  A sculpture, painting or digital piece can fill us with joy every time we look at it. For example the Klimt picture above, immediately transported me back to the first time I saw the original of this work. It  is such an intensely beautiful and arresting piece of artwork that it made my heart sing.  How powerful is that? It is an experience I continue to hold within me.

When an artwork has such a strong emotional impact on the viewer, they carry that with them forever. What an amazing gift that is.  And yet artists are not encouraged in their art practices. Instead we are marginalised and told to, ‘Get a REAL job!’  As if the artist contributes nothing of value to society.

This Weeks Question: How do you think artists contribute to society? Please share your thoughts….

Look For Next Week’s Post: More on my new series of works.

Vlog – new series – emerging artworks.

You know I think artworks are always in the emerging category are they not?

Following my recent visit to New Zealand I have begun a new series of work. To introduce you to this work I am sharing a vlog which traces the development of the painting ‘You Are Welcome Here’, from its inspiration to its completion.

 

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There is more about this work ‘You Are Welcome Here’ to be found on my website. This is the second work in the series.  I have explained how this series was born as part of the description to the first painting in the series – ‘Refugee‘.

Here is the finished work.

 

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This Weeks Question: Can you leave a comment  – what are your thoughts on this art work?  I would love to hear what you think.

Look For Next Week’s Post: Freedom and Art

Art Collector,art galleries photo

So you want to be an art collector. Perhaps you think the life of an art collector is something glamorous and to be aspired to.  Well of course it is you know.  Where would we artists be without people like you to collect our art!

Collecting art is not as easy as it might seem however. There are many different kinds of collectors. Let’s have a look at some of them.

The Money Is No Object Art Collector
  • Collectors in this category well to them to them money is no obstacle.
  • However that does not mean that collecting is a breeze for them either. After all what is their taste in art – or perhaps that doesn’t matter to them. Some choices any collector might consider are :
    • Do I want to collect emerging artists in the hope that careers will Blossom and we will both do well.
    • Or should I just collect the tried and true Old Masters for instance. A 50-100 million or so for a Van Gogh these days – no sweat.

If you are a newbie at collecting art there are many things to think about.

The Newbie Collector.
  • Again has the –
    • Do I want to collect emerging artists in the hope that careers will Blossom and we will both do well.
    • What can I afford?
    • What do I like?
    • What will go with my decor?
The Rich Collector’s Wife

Here we see a different kind of art collector.

  • She often likes to follow emerging artists become friends with them and help launch their careers.
  • She likes to attend all social openings and art functions. She may belong to charities that promote emerging art and support emerging artists.
  • She knows what she likes and often has a sophisticated eye as to what will suit Modern decor and yet still be cutting edge and a noteworthy curatorial selection.
  • She enjoys her new status  within the Inner Circle of the art world. It adds meaning to her life and allows her to feel useful and a contributor to the better side of society and human development.

 

Art Collector

 

 

To answer the question   ‘How do I begin an art collection? ‘ Check back next month for the continuation of this series.

This Weeks Question: Have you begun a collection of original art works and if so what are you choosing to collect?  Please share your insights in the comment section below.

Look For Next Week’s Post: Follow the development of my latest artworks – there is a new direction happening – some fresh beginnings.

 

 

 

Photo Credits : Photo by eschipul

                           Photo by VIPevent

A Thief Stole Paintings From The Louvre

A friend emailed me this recently and – well its delightful so I really had to share it with you…..

A thief in Paris planned to steal some
Paintings from the Louvre

Louvre

After careful planning, he got
past security,  stole the paintings,
and made it safely to his van.

However, he was captured only two
blocks away when his van ran out of gas

When asked how he could mastermind
such a crime and then make such an
obvious error, he replied, 

‘Monsieur, that is the reason I stole  

the paintings.’

monet

I had no Monet

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To buy Degas

 Van Gough

 

To make the Van Gogh.

DeGaulle 

See if you have De Gaulle to

send this on to someone else….

Toulouse

 

I sent it to you because I figured

I had nothing Toulouse.

I thought this was rather clever and I hope it brings a smile to your day, just as it did to mine!

Please share it with your friends and spread some smiles around the world :)

This Weeks Question: What can you do to make someone else smile this week?

Look For Next Week’s Post: The Life of an Art Collector.

Vlog of Emergence

Vlog – what is that? For those of you who haven’t come across that term before, it is a video blog post.  So I’m getting with the program and creating one.  Remember what I said in the last post about learning  – well this was another learning curve – of course it’s not Hollywood yet but I’m getting there. The painting in this vlog is part of my Peony series.

 

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When I get back from the visit to my Muse in New Zealand in April, I want to start filming in real-time so I can give you a more realistic look at my painting process. However it will be a little while before that happens. I’m actually at the moment in the middle of a prolonged artist’s date, enjoying the New Zealand countryside and filling up my creative backpack.

 

 

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My Creative Backpack – Thanks Tim Storrier

 

 

This Weeks Question: How did my vlog work for you? Feedback welcomed!

Look For Next Week’s Post: Return from the wilds and discoveries made there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Art Practice
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Dark, Petals Falling

My art practice involves many things, not just putting the brush to canvas. An important aspect of it is always learning and there are many areas the learning must take place. One of these areas as I mentioned on Instagram this week is the course I am doing at the moment with Cory Huff from the The Abundant Artist.  In the second module, the exercise we had to do this week was to complete a painting in one hour. Of course I went into panic mode. This is not an easy thing to do. (Not the panicking lol that’s easy !!) However what I did get out of it, although not a great painting, was a lot more insight into understanding my working process and what I really need to do before I begin I work.

The other thing this exercise did, was to give me a chance to experiment with some ideas that have been floating around in my head for a while.  Funnily enough one of these things is about exactly that – floating. I am fascinated with the way things can be made to float in space and this is something I would like to experiment with,more in my work. You may have seen the paintings below, which were playing with this concept in a different way.

Studio news,Floating Free

Floating Free 22 x 22″
Oils On Canvas

 

Floating Free incorporates these elements using the devices of tone, colour and shadows to achieve a floating effect.

Where as Suspension, below, takes an object itself that is actually floating in a three dimensional space.  What I am drawn to in this act of suspension is the way it seems to spend time itself and enters us into a timeless realm or space.

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Suspension oil on Canvas 40×40″

 

One of the things I’m finding that I really have to do is to put aside time for the thinking and development side of things. When I trained as an artist years ago there was not much emphasis put on the importance of one’s art practice and so I have always tended to ignore it somewhat, instead just going on intuition. But I’m finding now that I need to pay more attention to this neglected area my creative practice.

I am finding that as I grow as an artist, my art practice continues to expand. There is always something you need to learn. At the moment I am really focusing on finding my collectors or tribe, the people who appreciate and buy my art.

This Weeks Question: What kinds of things are you attracted to in an art work?

Look For Next Week’s Post: Follow the development of my latest artwork.

 

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