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

Pop Up Gallery @ Tuggerah

Pop up gallery at Tuggerah.

On Saturday we will see the first pop up gallery at Tuggerah out the Central Coast NSW. Throughout the month of November, The Central Coast Collective will be the first group involved in a joint project between Westfield Tuggerah and Wyong Council. This will involve a pop-up gallery in a store situated outside in the restaurant precinct. The show will open at 9 am on Saturday the first of December. The artists involved delivered their art works on the Saturday last weekend and on Tuesday we began the bump out of the works.

Pop Up  Gallery Tuggerah

Bumping out the show

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Hanging any exhibition is always a bit of a juggle when you have work from twenty different artists, it is quite a challenge to get them all looking good together!

Next Thursday’s Post: More on the exhibition

Next Monday’s Post: What is your artistic fingerprint and do you have one?

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

 

Art Marketing

Art Marketing – Your own business

Art Marketing is something you can’t get away from if you are an artist. There are so many different aspects to it and I will be covering some of them in this and up coming posts. I guess the first thing you need to decide is how seriously you really want to get into selling your art.  Only you can decide that.  However, having decided that yes, you’d like to be able to make some money from your creative endeavours – whether you are a painter, sculptor writer or what ever, the second most important thing to recognize is, that if you are going to be successful at this then you are creating / starting your own business.

art marketing - exhibition photo

 

For some of you this is not what you are going to want to hear.  Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at things, it is no longer enough to just have a couple of galleries to show your work, or a publisher willing to publish your book.  We live in the age of social marketing and self promotion  and even if someone takes you on, they will be expecting you to do your bit too.  This of course means a lot of different things depending on how ‘successful’ you wish to become.  Here are some questions to think about.

  • What business are you in?
  • Who is your customer – is it The Gallery, the person in the street – Who????
  • Does your product have its own fingerprint?
  • How much time can you spend marketing your work?
  • How much time should  you spend marketing your work?
  • Do you have a marketing plan?

In future posts I will go into some of these thorny questions and hopefully throw a bit of light on the subject for you.

This week’s question: What business are you in?

Look For Thursday’s Post: Wardrobe cancelled for Breaking News ……!!!!!!

Next Monday’s Post: What is a fingerprint?…..

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

 

Photo by jmmcdgll

Learning the Craft of Painting

The craft of painting – what is it?

Well it has many aspects to it not the least of which are having courage and being brave.
Painting, painting, – and then there was more. Well, one likes to think so anyway.
I started back at John Morris’ class this week. One has to challenge ones-self you know.

John Morris

John Morris

 

And it is – challenging to throw yourself into a class where there is no quarter given – really – if that’s what you ask for – which I do. Still, you have to be prepared to not be precious about what you are producing or bringing along for a critique.
Do you have a teacher like that? If you don’t, you need to get one. If you really want to get serious about the business of art – you need to get over yourself enough to accept critical help, sign posts and pointers along the way.

Next Thursday’s Post: Preliminary drawings

Next Monday’s Post: Art Marketing ?

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Mindset – What Is Yours?

Mindset – What is it?

So after last Thursday’s chat I was inspired to buy and read a fascinating book  called, ” Mindset: How can you fulfill Your Potential?”  Thank you Prue!

During our conversation we were discussing how people get stuck. Have you ever wondered why you get stuck? Well this is a new take on it.  Its got nothing to do with whether  you are dumb or smart, creative or scientific, successful or not, although whether you are successful will depend on this. However that also depends on what your definition of success is.

success photo

 

Basically the premiss of the book is that there are two different kinds of mindset – you either have one or the other. Now you might be thinking – that’s a bit limiting – but is it?  Ask your self what you feel about these statements – true or false?

 

  1. I am born with a certain intelligence and that’s what I’ve got – can’t really do much about it.
  2. As I progress through life I have limited abilities which can only take me so far.
  3. I can grow my abilities and add new ones
  4. I have genetic limitations on what is possible for me.
  5. OK that didn’t work for the 10th time, I wonder what would happen if I just did…..
  6. I need to prove that I am smart and successful – this makes me feel validated
  7. Failure means I have been rejected and I’m not smart or talented
  8. Failure means I have a new opportunity for growth – and that I am currently not fulfilling my potential.

 

Now the two different mind sets are basically

  • The Fixed Mindset and

success photo

  • The Growth mindset

 

Getting back to the statements above  – if you felt an alignment with statements 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 you have a FIXED MINDSET

If you felt aligned with statements 3,  5 and 8 You have a GROWTH MINDSET

This book offers so much hope and possibility for all of us. I encourage you very energetically – please, please do yourself a favour and READ IT!!

Even those of you who already feel you have a growth mindset, I’m sure that like me you will be able to identify areas of your life where you don’t and you could do better.  After all let’s face it – we all have the ability to improve on what we do in some way even by the smallest amount.  After all as we all know…….

mindset photo

The longest journey can begin with a very, very small step!

I would like to thank Dr. Carol S Dweck  for the wonderful gift she has given us – an amazing contribution to the growth of the human race!!!

To buy this wonderful book  just click the link above.

This week’s question: What is YOUR MINDSET?

Look For Thursday’s Post: Learning the craft of painting

Next Monday’s Post: Art Marketing …..

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Photo by Celestine Chua

Photo by Celestine Chua

Photo by symphony of love

Photo by symphony of love

Photo by symphony of love

 

Transparency: Please note if you buy this book through this link, I will receive a commission on it.

James Watt – Creator Extraordinaire

You may wonder when you look at today’s painting, what on earth it has to do with James Watt. Well as it turns out, quite a bit really.

You see when my partner John, and I, were visiting the Science Museum in London recently, we had a wander around the section that had exhibits to do with James Watt. It seems that, Johns great-grandfather five times removed was James Watt and John was very keen to take a look at the exhibits. Which we did.

James Watt's Workshop

James Watt’s Workshop

 

Part of the display was a recreation of his workshop – the whole thing transported, lock, stock and barrel and reset up in the museum.  Here are some photos of the space.

James Watt's Workshop

Busts and Jars

 

And next up is the photo which inspired the following painting. I loved the colours and the abstract patterns made by the machine and it’s shadows!

James Watt's Workshop

 

The Painting……………

 

James Watt Studio Painting

 

This week’s question:  What can you find an abstraction in?

Look For Thursday’s Post: In the closet

Next Monday’s Post: Mindset – what is yours?

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Mental Health Exhibition

Well there is some exciting news this week. It is Mental Health Awareness Month here on the Central coast and they hold an annual art exhibition to celebrate this. There are several prize categories awarded to different recipients as there are many people in the community involved in the whole Mental Health side of things. The exciting news is that one of my students won an award  for her entry in the ‘Wisdom of Ageing’ category.  CONGRATULATIONS Brenda!!! Brenda received $300 in prize money for her entry.

Mental Health art award

Brenda Wortley receiving her award

In fact 60% of our families in this region will be affected at some time by the effects of mental health issues. Sadly my family is also a part of that statistic.  This is a huge problem in our community and ranges from drug and alcohol abuse to depression and other mental illnesses. It would seem that there has been an exponential rise in mental health issues as we see pressures both social and financial affecting more and more of our families and the sad fact is that our young people are not immune either.
The number of young people self harming, being put on medication and youth suicides is alarming to say the least.

Mental Health Awareness week is an attempt to bring these issues into the light of day, celebrate the survivors, to encourage and support them and to open discussion within the community.

The often unsung heroes in these dramas are the family members who end up caring for their loved ones suffering from mental illness.  This is an often challenging and thankless task.  It drives partners apart and leaves grandparents often picking up the shattered pieces of their children’s and grandchildren’s lives. On the Central Coast alone there are more than 6000 grandparents raising one or more of their grandchildren – this is my story too.

Below is Brenda’s prize-winning entry and she rang me yesterday to say that it looks as though she has also sold it!!  How exciting!!

mental health Gift No.1

Gift No.1

This week’s question:  How can painting help us work though our challenges in life?

Look For Thursday’s Post:  James Watt – creator extraordinaire….

Next Monday’s Post: Mindset – what is yours?

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

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