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

Called To Create

Called to create – are you?

Continuing our discussion from last week, lets take a look at the question that was posed.

What is the invisible box hindering your creativity?

So you have a unique ability and don’t really want to share it with the world.  Well that’s OK. However this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do your best to develop it. And the thing is that even if you don’t personally get around to sharing it, some one at some point will and others will benefit.  There are so many artists down through history, who didn’t become famous till after they had died.

What if Van Gogh had decided not to keep on painting, despite the lack of recognition he received when he was alive.  We would not be able to see his beautiful works today. But he didn’t hold back.  He kept on working until the end of his life.  Do we have the right to do any less?

Well, we all have free will you might argue, and certainly we do, and you may say there are other things you have to do. Be that as it may, my question is, why don’t you want to do the thing you are best in the world at?

In a word it all comes back to  fear. Fear can take many forms, and it will nearly always stop us from doing something that we want to do. The thing is to understand what you are afraid of, because then you can deal with it.. As the saying goes – ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’.

One of the best kept secrets in the world is that of how to deal with fear.  So I would suggest that your invisible box more than likely has a rather fancy wrapping paper  of fear around it.

gift wrapped box photo

Check out next week’s post for more on fear.

This weeks question: What are you afraid of?  What fear is keeping you stuck or away from your art?

Look For Thursday’s Post:  Southland Studies

Next Monday’s Post: Fear and Creating

Posted By:  Kadira Jennings

Photo by Muffet

Studies for Southland Series

I have been working on the Southland Series, working up one of the areas of the Southern Hills II painting in some small trial paintings, with a view to doing a larger version a bit further down the track.. There is an area of the original painting that I think bears further exploration, and may become almost abstract in the process….. see below

Studies For Southland Series

Southern Hills snippet

So I’m looking at a couple of different ways to treat this area.

Here are the first stages of that….

Southland Series - Study I

And this…..

Southland Series - Study 2 -Underpainting

Study 2 -Underpainting

 

Southland Series Study  2 -Underpainting

Southland Study 2 -Underpainting further on…

 

Next Thursday’s Post: Southland Studies Finished

Next Monday’s Post: Called To Create

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

The Calling To Create

The calling to create can be stunted so long as you are sitting inside an invisible box that has boundaries of unworthiness -

The Calling To Create - invisible boxes

The Tattered Box of Unworthiness that hems you in and you can’t see.

 

 

it is very difficult to believe in yourself enough to take up that brush or pen. The older you get, the more responsibilities you have, the harder it is,  yet again.

You see, the minute you acknowledge that you are a creative being, is the minute that you start down the road of  - society, religions, families and tribes perceiving you to be selfish because you can no longer be devoted solely to them. And you know what – creativity is a selfish pursuit. IT IS!!

However, stop a moment and consider this…. what is selfishness?  Is it a bad thing, and what is the difference between that and self-worth. Are they mutually exclusive or inclusive?

You know most of us have grown up with the idea that putting yourself first is a bad thing, it is wrong and even worse it is soul damaging. This immediately creates all kinds of emotional problems for the aspiring artist within you.

Enter – Stumbling Block Number One!…. by its very nature the creative process is often a solitary one. We need time to be alone, to process and allow interaction with our muse.

The Calling To Create

Finding Inspiration

Now to follow this path, I am immediately forced into a decision that will take me away from the twin distraction demons of Family and Friends. You ask your self if you are being selfish by leaving your partner to mind the kids while you spend an hour in the studio. However, also ask your self, if you are not being selfish, by refusing to develop your unique talents and gifts, that, I might add, no one – ie NO ONE else in the world has.  You are unique.  What right do you have to deny the world the opportunity to experience the creations that no one else can make?

This of course creates another whole set of questions, feelings and problems which I will discuss in the next post.

This Week’s Question: What is your invisible box, that is hindering your creativity?

Next Thursday’s Post:Studies for the Southland Series

Next Monday’s Post: Selling Your Art

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Pix Credits: Box of Inspiration by xJason.Rogersx , Pixabay

 

Songs of the Sea – finished

Songs of the Sea – finished

To continue following the path of this work you can see that
I have deliberately left the dark, running, underpainting visible, through the layers of water, as I think this gives the work that mysterious depth in the water, that you get from an aerial perspective.

Songs Of The Sea

Waves are in!

I loved the abstract way the waves wash the top of the image.  It throws your sense of perspective and makes it difficult to figure out just exactly what you are looking at. the waves and sand have been painted in here and there are only a few finishing touches to go.  And here is the finished painting…..

Songs Of The Sea - Kadira Jennings

As you can see there has been a lot more depth added to the colour of the painting in both the sand and the sea, to give it a final impact and depth.

If you would like to see more of my completed work, head on over to my on line portfolio.

Next Thursday’s Post: Dabbling with some new ideas

Next Monday’s Post:  The Calling To Create

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Guerilla Marketing For Artists

Guerilla Marketing For Artists – a review of Barney Davey’s book.

Barney Davey has many years experience in the art print market and has held workshops in art marketing.  This book ‘ Guerilla Marketing For Artists’ outlines a different approach for artists to selling their work in today’s diverse art selling ground. This book is well worth the small investment of buying it, if you are considering selling your art.

These days we are fortunate because there are many different avenues that we can use to market our work. Barney’s book looks at how art marketing has evolved over recent years.  He discusses how the internet has made a huge difference to methods of buying and selling art and discusses the importance of every artist having their own website.

When it comes down to it, business practices have changed in recent years for everyone.  With the advent of social media, it has become more important than ever to develop a relationship with your buyers and collectors.  This has both advantages and pitfalls for the artist  and ‘Guerilla Marketing For Artists’ covers this in chapter 7 – Marketing You.

If you want to sell your art then you need to understand what business you are in, what you are selling to people and why you are your own best promoter.

If you are looking for help in the area of selling your work, Barney’s book is a great place to begin. Below is a link to Barney’s book if you’d like to get it.

This Week’s Question: Do you have a plan for selling your work?

Next Thursday’s Post: Songs Of The Sea

Next Monday’s Post: The Calling To Create

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Songs Of The Sea

SONGS OF THE SEA

As always – I began with an underpainting. – burnt sienna and then blocked in with the French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna mix as usual.  I have begun with the sand area at the top of the painting.

Songs of the sea - under painting

Under painting

This work is taken off an image I shot while on a helicopter ride one day. Near where I live is a place called The Entrance where a narrow sea inlet feeds into a large lake system.  The day I took this image I was flying of a stretch of dunes and water just to the north of this area.

Songs Of The Sea - green blocked in

First layer of the ocean has been applied now

This painting involved several thin layers of paint to establish the almost translucent look of the water. I used a lot of medium with the paint.  By the next post you will see the finished work.

If you would like to see more of my completed work, head on over to my on line portfolio.

Next Thursday’s Post: Songs of the Sea Finished

Next Monday’s Post:  Guerrilla Marketing – a book review

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

 

 

 

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