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

Vlog of Emergence

Vlog – what is that? For those of you who haven’t come across that term before, it is a video blog post.  So I’m getting with the program and creating one.  Remember what I said in the last post about learning  – well this was another learning curve – of course it’s not Hollywood yet but I’m getting there. The painting in this vlog is part of my Peony series.

 

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When I get back from the visit to my Muse in New Zealand in April, I want to start filming in real-time so I can give you a more realistic look at my painting process. However it will be a little while before that happens. I’m actually at the moment in the middle of a prolonged artist’s date, enjoying the New Zealand countryside and filling up my creative backpack.

 

 

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My Creative Backpack – Thanks Tim Storrier

 

 

This Weeks Question: How did my vlog work for you? Feedback welcomed!

Look For Next Week’s Post: Return from the wilds and discoveries made there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Art Practice
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Dark, Petals Falling

My art practice involves many things, not just putting the brush to canvas. An important aspect of it is always learning and there are many areas the learning must take place. One of these areas as I mentioned on Instagram this week is the course I am doing at the moment with Cory Huff from the The Abundant Artist.  In the second module, the exercise we had to do this week was to complete a painting in one hour. Of course I went into panic mode. This is not an easy thing to do. (Not the panicking lol that’s easy !!) However what I did get out of it, although not a great painting, was a lot more insight into understanding my working process and what I really need to do before I begin I work.

The other thing this exercise did, was to give me a chance to experiment with some ideas that have been floating around in my head for a while.  Funnily enough one of these things is about exactly that – floating. I am fascinated with the way things can be made to float in space and this is something I would like to experiment with,more in my work. You may have seen the paintings below, which were playing with this concept in a different way.

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Floating Free 22 x 22″
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Floating Free incorporates these elements using the devices of tone, colour and shadows to achieve a floating effect.

Where as Suspension, below, takes an object itself that is actually floating in a three dimensional space.  What I am drawn to in this act of suspension is the way it seems to spend time itself and enters us into a timeless realm or space.

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Suspension oil on Canvas 40×40″

 

One of the things I’m finding that I really have to do is to put aside time for the thinking and development side of things. When I trained as an artist years ago there was not much emphasis put on the importance of one’s art practice and so I have always tended to ignore it somewhat, instead just going on intuition. But I’m finding now that I need to pay more attention to this neglected area my creative practice.

I am finding that as I grow as an artist, my art practice continues to expand. There is always something you need to learn. At the moment I am really focusing on finding my collectors or tribe, the people who appreciate and buy my art.

This Weeks Question: What kinds of things are you attracted to in an art work?

Look For Next Week’s Post: Follow the development of my latest artwork.

 

Social Media – the artist’s friend or foe?

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Social Media star – Pinterest – Do you love it or hate it?

Well I think I both love Pinterest and hate it. I love it because it is such an amazing resource for pictures and I hate it because once I go on there I can lose 3 hours. It’s like going on a journey and One Path leads to another and another and another and you just get caught up in the whole experience and next thing you know your morning has disappeared.

However having said that, it is a great artist’s resource and a good place to show your work.  Because of its visual platform  Instagram is particularly suited to artists I feel. The problem with all social media is that it’s just so time-consuming. Really, you have to pick the most suitable platform for your business and go with that. Get comfortable with one or two and work them well, rather than trying to cover everything.

Facebook – The problem with Facebook is that it isn’t very intuitive and not very user-friendly either.  My friend and I were trying the other day, to locate where all our likes from our business pages were on Facebook. Well do you think that was easy?  Not at all. The other annoying thing is that they keep changing the rules all the time.  How many times have you gone in to Facebook, seen a post that you were interested in, gone somewhere else to look at a different thing, come back again  and the post you were looking at has completely disappeared from your feed. How annoying is that! What I have learnt to do if I am interested in a particular post, is to save it there and then so I can come back and find it when I need to.

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One of the most useful things I’ve found about FB is its groups, facility.  It’s a great way to stay in touch with people like your mastermind group or specific interest groups of people that you belong to. You can post to your peeps in one place instead of sending out oodles of emails

The other useful thing that Facebook offers that no other platform seems to be doing quite as effectively as yet, is their advertising. You can advertise with them relatively cheaply to a very specific audience, which means that if you have identified who your audience is, you can find them without too much difficulty. Therefore you don’t waste a lot of time and money posting to a prospectively uninterested people which can happen with things like Adwords for example.

So – friend or foe? I think social media is a bit of both really.  It all comes down to self discipline, because its biggest foe potential is its time-wasting factor.

This Weeks Question: What is your favourite media, and why? Please share your thoughts …..

Look For Next Week’s Post:Taking a further look at my Art Practice.  What role does learning new things play?

Pix Credits: PeteLinforth (Pixabay)

The Art Express

This is a short video with highlights from the Art Express exhibition showing in Sydney Australia from the 16th of March to the 15th of May 2016.

 

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This exhibition by HSC students from the 2015 HSC exam contains many thought provoking and innovative of works. It is always refreshing to see what these young artists are doing. The work in this exhibition is of a very high standard and well worth seeing if you are able to get there.

Below is one of my favourite images from the exhibition.

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Taylor Hall – At Face Value

 

This Weeks Question: Do you find it inspiring to see other artist’s work?

Look For Next Week’s PostMore on social media.

Hi – Thanks for coming by – this is just a short note to let you know that I’m posting on Sundays now.  For this weeks blog post it will appear on Sunday the 10th of April. Thanks.

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Taylor Hall – At Face Value

This is a preview from the up coming post on the Art Express in Sydney.

Art Processes – the spectre of uncertainty…….

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The Spectre of Uncertainty

Art Processes, just what are they? Well, they are the many and varied steps that are involved within an art practice and one of them is concerned with the element of uncertainty. It is this uncertainty that we all wrestle with while creating, that I want to talk about today. I came across a blog post by Noula Diamantopouloson on this very subject, and I would like to share a snippet of it with you now.

“Your inadequacy comes from not seeing. Not being present from that which wishes to be expressed in your work. You are holding onto what YOU want said through this commission.

I want you to see what you are pushing away.

I want you to see what you are not letting go of.

You are to do the work not be the work. Let go of how you think it should look like. Let it be what it wants to be. Follow each cut. Place each shape down with love and honesty. Let the work surface from your hearts hands. Accept each piece that is placed. Accept me, the unknown, the uninvited.”

If you would like to read her whole article it is centred around a mosaic commission she was struggling with and she gives some great insights into our creative process.

I think the points she raises here in the quote are just so relevant to anybody who creates. The red highlights are mine, as I consider these to be the most important points.  How many times have you worked on a painting and it just doesn’t want to go where YOU want it to go. And to her point of  “you are holding on to what YOU want said,” through this artwork, well, we must learn to trust the process and allow the great creator to flow through us. It would pay us to also realise that creating is a partnership and it is necessary for us to allow the other half of this partnership its voice, because until then we will often be caught up in these, sometimes mammoth struggles, with our own work.

This is one of the more difficult art processes. I don’t know that one ever fully masters it because often it will depend how present we are on the day when we are painting.  One needs to  still the Mind’s Chatter and become immersed in the moment, fully present to the work, and allowing that work to develop, unfold and emerge as it must.  It really is a lot like giving birth.

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Art processes – birthing an idea

 

It is a painful, messy, process and what emerges is something completely separate from ourselves with a personality of its own – so do our paintings emerge to grace the world with their own beautiful personality.

This Weeks Question: How do you deal with uncertainty in your own art practice?

Look For Next Week’s PostThe Art Express Exhibition in Sydney

Photo by Treforlutions TreVizionz

Photo by Treforlutions TreVizionz

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