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

Landscapes Of The Heart

Landscapes Of The Heart

I had a realization this morning when I was thinking about the direction of my work and focusing on it becoming more heart centered. I suddenly thought – ‘ There is so much I can paint about the heart and how connected we are to things, even to the landscape itself.’ In fact, landscapes of the heart seem to me to embody the concept of new romanticism in a perfect way. In pursuit of this concept, I did a small work last week, which seems to represent really how I was feeling on that day.

Landscapes of the Heart I

Landscapes of the Heart I

Next Thursday’s Post: New paintings

Next Monday’s Post: Inside Chateau Villy

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Meursault

Meursault Village in France

Meursault is a very pretty village in the Bourgogne area of France, close to Dijon. The photo below has a wonderful piece of trompe l’oeil in it. Can you spot it?

Meursault - France

 

Well in case you missed it  – here it is.  No shortage of creativity here then!

Mersault  window

Meursault window

 

And

Meursault Wine

Wine anyone?

Here is a tricky French way of inviting you into the local wine shop…….

The local council chambers here are very fancy with turreted rooms and richly patterned tiles.

Mersault  Buildings

Council Chambers

And not to mention the pretty window boxes with matching gardens below.

A quick trip into the local church revealed a beautiful Gothic style church complete with chandelier

Church in Meursault

Local Church

And a closer look at that chandelier…..

Meursault chandelier

Chandelier

This week’s question:Where can you travel to close by to find some new inspiration?

Look For Thursday’s Post:  Somewhere in the heart.

Next Monday’s Post: Inside Chateau Tailly!!

 

A Different Kind of Abstraction

A Different Kind Of Abstraction

So this week’s abstraction is entirely different from last weeks.  Funnily enough, I came across something in Singapore that made me take a second look and reminded  me of my paintings.
Here is a photo of one of the container ships in the port at Singapore.

Container ship

Container ship

And here are the Abstracts I was working on before I went away.

Colour Field 1

Colour Field 1

 

And then a little less defined…..

Colour field 2

Colour field 2

And lastly a combination of the two….

Colour field 3

Colour field 3

So these works are small paintings working with small blocks of colour. I was amazed when the pattern of the containers on the ship in Singapore caught my eye. Here it is below.

 

Abstracts Container ship abstract patterns

Container ship abstract patterns

I could see the similarities to my small paintings and ways in which I might now push those works further- a fascinating concept.  You never know when or where you are going to find inspiration to take your work further.  I had been feeling a bit stuck with these works, but now I have some new ideas to play with in improving them.

 

Next Thursday’s Post: Somewhere in the heart.

Next Monday’s Post: Visiting Meursault.

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Fabulous France

Fabulous France!

Having just returned from a week at a French Chateau, in fabulous France, I would like to share some of the delicious sights that France had to offer.

fabulous France, Vineyards of  Burgundy

Vineyards of Burgundy

 

 

Fabulous France , Riverside Houses in Chalon

Riverside Houses in Chalon

Fabulous France, French light

French light in a small village near Beaune

 

Compare the light in the picture above to that in the image below and you will see once again the beautiful cool light in the shadows, which is so characteristic of this area of France.  The colour in the sky also mirrors this.

 

Fabulous France, Chateau Tailly

Chateau Tailly

The Chateau Tailly is where we stayed for the week and next post I will share some of the beauty of it’s interior with you.

This week’s question: Have you noticed anything unusual about the light in the area where you live? How is it different to the light you see above?

Look For Thursday’s Post:  Photographic moments in Paris

Next Monday’s Post: Inside Chateau Tailly!!

 

Abstract Painting – Beginnings

So here we have the same subject as last week handled differently.

Beginning with the drawing again…

Working drawing charcoal for Underpainting

Working drawing charcoal

and a working drawing for suggested different coloured underpainting…..

Underpainting

Working drawing

 

Then applying the paint this time using colour not too dissimilar from the under painting.

Abstract Painting -Yellow House

Abstract Painting -Yellow House

 

From this exercise you can see how the same subject can be painted quite differently indeed.It is fun to experiment with things like this – you never know just how things will turn out.  But it is also a great way to launch, or drift really into an abstract concept – this image could certainly be pushed a lot further if I wanted to.  This kind of painting is sometimes called colour blocking.

Next Thursday’s Post: A different kind of abstraction

Next Monday’s Post: Childhood causes for creative blocks

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Childhood Causes For Creative Blocks

Creative blocks – childhood events that can cause them

So let me tell you what put me off art at a very young age, the thing that formed one of my major creative blocks.  You might think I took a shine to painting from the time I could manage to hold a paint brush.
Sadly, this was not the case for me. When I was around eight I remember sitting in class one day. We had been asked to draw a portrait., which I had nearly finished doing. In fact I was feeling quite proud of that fledgling art work. The little artist in me was alive and well for about twenty minutes. Until the teacher arrived at my desk.

catholic nun teaching photo

The picture above pretty much embodies the feeling I got from the nun looking over my shoulder as she came around the room.  She stopped and remarked on everyone’s work.  However when she got to me she just stopped and said nothing.  Standing there for several moments before moving on.  Well my little artist felt the world crashing down in a deafening silence.  I felt like I’d done the worst picture in the room, it being so bad that it wasn’t worthy of any kind of comment – good or bad.

It was a long time before I tried drawing and painting again. However there were two fundamental lessons I finally learnt from this incident…..

  • One,  that we can give any meaning we like to an event and that you can therefore go back and change your perception about that event.
  • Two, that at that time I began a pattern of needing others approval to feel good about myself. At the time I felt judged and found wanting. Lack of self-worth and self-criticism crept in, two terrible twins of resistance that followed in many areas of my life  and certainly on the creative path.

However shining a light into this memory, helped me understand my error and grieve for my little artist self, which in turn enabled me to move on and begin feeling proud of my work.

This week’s question: Have you gone back and mined your childhood for information about your blocks yet?

Look For Thursday’s Post:   A different kind of abstraction

Next Monday’s Post: Fun in France!! 

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