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

Art And Fear – A Book Review

Art And Fear – a book review

Art And Fear (Art & Fear) is a small book, written by David Bayles & Ted Orlando, sub titled – Observations on the perils (and rewards) of ARTMAKING.  This little gem is 118 information packed pages every artist needs.  Not only every artist but every creative person really.  Why do I need it – you might ask?

artist photo

The problem with making art is that it’s process is littered with assumptions, old wives tales, gobbledygook and out right lies. How can we distinguish fact from fiction?   Let me share with you some of the chapter titles….

  • The Nature of the Problem
  • Art And Fear
  • Fears About Yourself
  • Fears About Others
  • Finding Your Work

Some of the questions the book addresses are -

  • How does art get done?
  • Why, often, does it not get done?
  • What is the nature of the difficulties that stop so many who start?

This is another of those MUST READ books, if you read nothing else apart from the books I have recommended this year LOL  - please read this one.

You can get it here


Look For Thursday’s Post:  Lake Ohau

Next Monday’s Post: Art and Fear

Post by : Kadira Jennings

In the interests of transparency, if you purchase the book via the above link, I may receive a commission on the sale.

Photo by Celestine Chua

Southern Hills II

Southern Hills II

This painting is a work up from the first work – Southern Hills I.

Southern Hills II,Southland New Zealand,Kadira Jennings

Southern Hills II

Southern Hills II

Oils on Canvas


What drew me to this work was the line of dark pines against the golden hills.

If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website Kadira’s Work

Next Thursday’s Post: Lake Ohau

Next Monday’s Post: Art and Fear – A Book Review

 Post By: Kadira Jennings

Art Fear And Money

Art  Fear and Money

There have been books written of the subject of Art Fear and Money.

What I’d like to address today is a fear that many of us have and try to ignore. It is more often than not a fear that we have learnt from our parents. Many of the decisions we make in life are based on our fears around money. This is why our parents don’t encourage to take up careers in the Arts.

My question for you is, how much are your choices around your creativity driven by your relationship with money or the lack of it? How many times have you chosen not to do something because you ‘lack’ the money to do it? i.e. – taking that course you wanted to do, or not paying for a babysitter so you can take an art class etc.

How long do we ignore the creative cries of our soul because we are putting everyone else before ourselves? We can’t afford to buy our art materials because Jamie needs a new bike and so we push the frustration down and pretend that all is well.

When are we going to value ourselves enough to do what we need to do, to love and honour our own needs. Much of the reason we don’t do this is all tied up with money and lack of self worth.

One of the most difficult lessons to learn, I’ve found, is to take the step towards something and have the faith that the universe/God will line up with us on that and send what ever we need. Let me tell you a little story about this…….

Ten years ago a girlfriend and I decided to stop talking about going to Europe and actually do it instead. I had no clue where the money was going to come from – I only had enough for a deposit on the airfare. So I put the money down. Within the week I received a $2000 commission for an art work!! All of my airfare.

Art and fear - Venetian canal

Veetian Canal

Later I was give over $2000 by other people and I had more than enough for accommodation and spending money. I was blown away. My dream came true with very little effort on my part. The trick however is to take that first step and Trust that the rest will fall into place.

My last thought – What are you not doing creatively because of money and how might you change that?

Next Thursday’s Post: Southern Hills II

Next Monday’s Post: Art & Fear – A book review

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Pix Credits: Kadira Jennings



Southern Hills I

Southern Hills

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to drive through the Southern Hills of Southland, in the South Island of NewZealand, with my sister. It seems to have almost a brooding kind of energy to it.  At the same time parts of it are overwhelmingly immense.  The skies are often lowering and the hills remote.  One feels the immensity of nature and the insignificance of man.  The photo below reflects this I think – even though it’s on the coast line.

Southland Beach,NZ

Southland Beach


The first of my paintings of this area was begun, as you see below.  This is the underpainting which I showed you a couple of weeks ago…..

Underpainting - Southland

Underpainting – Southland

The painting which follows was drawn from images of that trip – the hills in the foreground are fat and rolling, while the ones in the background seem to almost be marching towards you, being pushed by the clouds from behind.

Southern Hills I, Kadira Jennings

Southern Hills I

18″ x 18″

Oil on Canvas


If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website Kadira’s Work

Next Thursday’s Post: Southern Hills II

Next Monday’s Post: Art Fear and Money

 Post By: Kadira Jennings

Enhancing Creativity II

Enhancing Creativity II

So how did you go with enhancing your creativity last week?  Did you manage to toss TV for the whole week?  How did that feel for you? For some people it is really, really hard to do – it’s like giving up a drug for a week.  Did you feel a great sense of achievement at the end of the week?

We need to break the mold and make a new one.

So what now – you may ask?  The creative process often requires subtraction rather than addition in our lives.  This is what you have been doing the last week, if you followed my suggestions.  We often need to subtract in order to be able to add our creativity.

This week, I suggest you take this process a step further.  Ask your self the following questions and write down the answers, and do the following tasks.

  • Make a list of the biggest distractions in your life.
  • Make a pact with yourself to do without them for a week.
  • Observe how you feel when you consider doing this – do you get panicky, what fears come up for you, where do you feel it in your body?
  • At the end of the week, or even during your week  - write down your observations of what comes up for you.  What are the positives?  What’s on the downside?

What might some of these distractions be? Here are some suggestions….

  • Watching DVD’s
  • Movies
  • Email
  • Multi tasking
  • Reading
  • Music – unless you are a musician
  • Radio
  • TV
  • Your Mobile Phone
  • Your Kids, family or partners
  • socializing
  • House hold chores that don’t really need to be done – ie ironing handkerchiefs or teatowels

And I’m sure there are many, many more.

Subtracting your dependence on some of the things you take for granted, increases your independence.  It’s liberating, forcing you to rely on your own ability rather than your customary crutches.” Tywla Tharp.

Look For Thursday’s Post:  Southland

Next Monday’s Post: Art, fear and money

Post by : Kadira Jennings

Pix Credit: Inspiration Mind

Mt Taranaki

Mt Taranaki…

….was finished this week after a bit of a rework – not a major one though.   Mt Taranaki, which I must confess I still think fondly of as Mt Egmont is a volcano on the West Coast of the North Island in New Zealand.  Here is the painting in it’s various incarnations.

The Underpainting ……

Underpainting - Mt Taranaki II

Mt Taranaki II

Is it finished yet?

Mt Taranaki

Mt Taranaki II


Not quite…..

A bit more tweaking is required.

Mt Taranaki

Mt Taranaki II Oils on Canvas  22″x18″


It is interesting, the evolvement – is that a word ( I wonder),  of a painting.  Why take the trees out and change the light .  The question becomes – what is the painting about.  As soon as you put a poplar tree in there, the hand of man is felt.  It is a distraction from the essence of the landscape. The painting is still about the light, but more subtly. It is about the bones of the land, it’s magic and it’s majesty perhaps….. or it could be about something else entirely – as the viewer – you must decide.


Next Thursday’s Post: Southland

Next Monday’s Post: Enhancing Your Creativity Part II

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

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