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

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Get your Hidden insights, into the creative process now

In gaining hidden insights into the creative process we have to consider the fact that we all process differently. What works for one person may not work for you or I. Of course has been much written about the process of creativity. There are however several key steps in this process regardless of whether you are creating a large project, a painting, design whatever it might be.

 

1.The Seed

It begins with a thought, an idea, the seed, which you have to act on. It’s a risk because you don’t know if it’s going to work but you have to go for it if you believe in it.

2. Mulling It Over

Next step can be to throw the idea out to someone else, friends, community, your mentor,  the people who are going to support you on your journey. Engage and involve them. You might not take this step at this point for a simple thing like a painting, however it might be good to take if you are thinking about putting an exhibition together with a whole series of works. Discussing your ideas with someone helps to flush them out and gives you a chance to make course corrections and so on.

3. Be A Sponge.

The creative process does not happen in a vacuum. In order to create we need input which then equals output. At this stage, you need to act like a sponge, soaking up many different ideas. Look at different mediums, other artists, go to galleries, look in magazines or trawl Pinterest. Our minds often put disparities together to create a new and wonderful thing. If there’s nothing in there to put together then you get nothing coming out. Zero IN = zero or garbage OUT!

4. Crafting

In the stage you are building the skeleton. Is the armature that everything hangs off. If you don’t have a strong foundation to your idea it will collapse. Therefore establishing structure is very important. I often use mind mapping at this point to get my creative juices flowing in some useful and quirky directions.

5. The Shadow

It is at about this time that your shadow will arrive. Fear, dread, doubt, and many other nasty little negatives will pop up, all determined to derail you. This is when you are ready to throw in the towel and that nasty little voice in your head, will try to convince you that there are a thousand reasons why you should do so, all seeming to be quite plausible. I find this stage turns up no matter what the creative thing is that I’m doing. Every painting I’ve ever painted has gone through a patch where I felt – it’s not working, it’ll never be any good, and you might as well quit while you’re ahead.

FEAR SHADOW photo

These are the first five hidden insights into the creative process. There are five more to come which I will place in next week’s Post. It is often a good thing to know where in the creative process you actually are, particularly when you get to the shadow part. To recognise this is where you are and deal with it accordingly can certainly speed up your progress.  We will explore this further next week.

This Weeks Question: Do you have any hidden insights into your own creative process you’d like to share?

Look For Next Week’s Post: More on creative Process – well my process – an update on emerging works.

 

Photo by mripp

What is the most exciting thing about the business of art?

The business of art has many strings to its bow. What many young artists wanting to become professionals don’t realise, is that they must become  entrepreneurs. There are many different ways of putting one’s foot in the door so to speak. Some of these are:

1. Become an art dealer.  Open your own space at the high end of town if you can afford to. Run your own gallery space.
2. Try your hand at teaching art.
3. Do custom airbrushing on anything from t-shirts to cars.
4. Work with stained glass if you are a mosaic artist.
5. Perhaps you have a Flair for caricature.If so this is something you can make money from at country fairs,festivals and markets
6. Start a face painting business for children’s parties and at markets
7. Many artists make a living doing tattoos these days.
8. Another artistic area is being a make-up artist. There are different ways you can pursue this with companies like Nutrimetics or Mary Kay.
9. You also might go into the world of graphic design. 1/3 of graphic designers are self employed, working from home.
10. There is always something like the silk screen business.

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Art Classes

So you can see there are many ways to support yourself as an artist and still be able to follow your passion in whatever area that might be.

So perhaps the most exciting thing about the business of art is that there is so much choice, to follow your passions and make money at the same time.

Let’s face it, there are very few artists who survives by full time painting, sculpting or whatever their art practice is. However that doesn’t mean you have to work at an ordinary nine to five job. I spend 14 hours a week working teaching classes and the rest of the time I split between my art practice and running both businesses. This provides me with a comfortable income and I get to do something I love everyday.

This Weeks Question:What art business can you engage in to support your art practice?

Look For Next Week’s Post: Accessing your creativity

What Is The Best Place To Buy Art From?

What Is The Best Place To Buy Art From? That’s a valid question.

These days there are many different  kinds of venues we can buy it from. The question is, is it better to buy from one place rather than another.
Let’s take a look at some of the places you might purchase art from. To be clear, we’re speaking of Originals not prints, which can be purchased from practically any department store these days.

  • Galleries
  • Coffee shops
  • Online galleries
  • Gift shops
  • Markets
  • EBay
  • Open Studio exhibitions
  • Boutique Hotels

Of course this list is not by any means exhaustive. The venues on this list will often have quite different types of art works at different price points. For example, in a  boutique hotel, the artist may be showing their art for free and receiving a no commission sale if the work sells. However this kind of venue is more generally favoured by emerging artists.

So if you were looking to collect emerging artists this type of venue might be a good place to start looking. Providing you understand what type of artist you are collecting and have some idea of the provenance of their works thus far, then you might be lucky enough to collect a Rising Star.  Another place you can often find emerging or experimental artists, is in group exhibitions held in artist run spaces. Many of the larger galleries will keep an eye on these venues and often collect artists from them for their own stables.

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107 Project Sydney

If on the other hand you are more interested in a well established artist then you would be looking too explore the more established galleries. The higher end the gallery then obviously the larger the price ticket that will be attached to the works, and possibly the more secure your investment.

This Weeks Question: What is your priority when collecting art?

Look For Next Week’s Post: What is the most exciting thing about the business of art?

 

New Horizons Triptych  Fully Revealed

Finally I can show you the New Horizons Triptych finished.  It was rather a marathon effort I have to say.  My previous post on the subject revealed the latter moments of the second panel. This week I am sharing my vlog of the third and final panel and a photo of the whole thing completed at the end.

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You will see the journey of the refugee, from a troubled homeland to a new homeland in the third and final panel.  Some of the other paintings in this series deal with specific difficulties faced by the refugees such as we see in  The Boat People below.

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The Boat People

One of the terrors faced by these refugees is capsizing and drowning amidst raging seas and flying flotsam – as depicted in this work. An amazing story of such bravery recently came to light in the Olympics when the story of Yusra  Mardini,

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Yusra Mardini

one of the Olympic athletes, was revealed.  She escaped war-torn Syria with her sister last year but after making it to Turkey they struck trouble when they set off for Greece. The sisters saved their own lives and 18 others, preventing their sinking boat from capsizing in the Aegean Sea. When the motor failed they leaped over the side and into the freezing waters, pushing the boat for three hours to safety. 

My work is a tribute the bravery of all those who flee their homes, looking for a safer, better life.

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New Horizons

This Weeks Question: What can you do to help refugees?

Look For Next Week’s PostMore handy tips for art collectors.

 

 

See Frida Kahlo now!

Frida Kahlo has enjoyed a great resurgence in popularity in recent times. Her work is currently being shown at the New South Wales art gallery in Sydney. There is a movie out about her life, simply called Frida which is well worth watching. It gives some great background to this exceptional artist. The film is a biography of her life.  She was an artist who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. She was married to equally famous artist and mentor the muralist – Diego Rivera.

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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera 1932, in a photograph by Carl Van Vechten

Her relationship with Rivera was stormy to say the least.  Discovering her husband’s infidelity led her to an illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky. Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life.  She was an artistic, political and sexual revolutionary.  Furthermore, not only did she have affairs with men but she also indulged in provocative, romantic and at the time, scandalous, entanglements with women.

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Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

Kahlo painted the above self-portrait after her divorce from Diego Rivera and at the end of her affair with photographer Nickolas Muray. Many of her works were self portraits, which she painted for friends. While we may admire her feisty nature and passionate story, we can appreciate how this informs her works. The other aspect we see popping up frequently within her work were images driven by the pain she endured from the accident she had as a young woman.

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This Weeks Question: Did you see the exhibition and if so what really stood out for you?

Look For Next Week’s Post: New Horizons Triptych fully revealed!

Pix Credits – Wiki

 

 

Ignite Your Art Practice To New Levels

Now how might I do that – ignite my art practice to new levels?

To understand this, you must first understand what an artist’s practice is.

Your art practice refers to both the conceptual and making processes of an artwork. Below are some thoughts and questions about the content and quality of an art practice.  What drives it and what kind of things should be considered? 

It examines:

  • How you develop your ideas,and concepts
  • What the influences both global and personal are, that impact your art making?
  • How do other artists and their movements inform your art practice?
  • This process is about how you define and refine ideas.  How do you develop and come to recognise your own style?
  • Is your practice about personal, societal or global issues?
  • Do you experiment with new ideas, media or technical challenges?
  • Do you  experiment and challenge your  audience? How do you help your audience to gain entrance into the meaning behind your works?
  • Is your work political, meditative or a rebellion? 

 

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The way we work as artists and the meaning behind our work is often driven by a deep desire to express something within us that words just fail to express. 

Once you gain an understanding of the subtleties that underpin your practice you then have the power to create an impactful story with your artwork. This is how you ignite your art practice to new and more powerful levels. Gaining deep insight into your own processes helps  you more clearly put your passion and your power out onto the canvas.

 

This Weeks Question: Can you identify the main elements in your own art practice?

Look For Next Week’s Post: See Frida Kahlo now! Be astonished, amazed and delighted!

 

 

Photo by Daquella manera

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