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

Buying art comes in many forms. 

This is something that we can begin with a few dollars or thousands of dollars. However the process, whether we spend a large amount or a small one is essentially the same. There are four main steps to buying art, and there are two main ways of going about it that you might consider. The first way is  that of buying randomly, whatever takes your fancy.  The second is that you spend some time, do some research and take an ordered approach, so that you end up with the best possible outcome.

Step 1: The first thing you need to think about is what kind of art you like and whether or not you are only collecting art for your own personal enjoyment or whether you are investing with a view to buying and selling the works and make you a profit. You also need to put some thought into what kind of art really speaks to your soul, particularly if you are following the first approach to collecting. You don’t want to invest in something you will get tired of quickly.   There are so many different types of art these days, from paintings and sculpture to digital artwork and installations. On top of that there are all the different artistic styles – do you like contemporary abstract painting, or are you a fan of photo realism?
Another thing to think about is whether or not you want to spread your investment over a range of different types of artworks, as suggested above. Some collectors take this approach as they feel they are not putting all their eggs in one basket so to speak.

Buying Art,Girl With A Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Girl With A Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Other collectors, ones that have an open bank account, may specialize in collecting a particular art genre like Old Masters.

Step 2: This step involves a lot more. When you have decided what kind of art you wish to collect you now have to search for and select the individual artworks that you would like to add to your collection, that are aligned with the guidelines that you established in Step 1. To be able to do this you will need to dip your toe into the mysterious and fascinating world of art dealers, art galleries, artists and the art community in general. You will need to familiarise yourself with the buyer’s role in purchasing art, if you are looking at putting together a serious collection which will grow in value over time.

In a future blog post I will go into steps three and four and look at steps one and two in more depth.  However you have enough information to begin the process with steps one and two.

This Weeks Question: How much thought have you put into establishing or growing your art collection?

Look For Next Week’s Post: What is the biggest colour challenge for  artists? Colour workshops coming up.

What is the secret to Intuitive Marketing?

Did you know there is such thing as intuitive marketing? Sometimes people get a bit funny when you talk about intuition, they think it is just a woman thing. However if  you speak to many entrepreneurs, you will discover that at the end of the day they rely quite heavily on their intuition. And whats more they will tell you that they rely on it to help them to make good decisions in their businesses. First they listen to advice from others and then follow their intuition on that advice.

Intuitive marketing, Intuition

I did a course recently on intuitive marketing and it can be applied to any business. In fact it can be applied to any area of your life really, well the intuition part. I believe that artists should be very good at this form of marketing, as many of us rely on our intuitive responses to the canvas as we paint. It is something that we get good at over time listening to that feeling, is this a good move or bad one?

So how can we apply it to the marketing process. Well it is all about decisions really. And those decisions rely on questions. The better the quality of your questions the better your intuitive decisions will be. How does this process work?

Let’s look at an example. You may have a choice of two galleries you want to submit your work to,  so the question to ask in this case would be…..

How successful will my art business be in 5 years time if, I sign up with Gallery A? Now, as you ask this question, you need to pay careful attention to how you feel. What you need to be aware of when you ask the question is, do you feel a heaviness around that question, or in your body, or does your mind feel cloudy or heavy when you think about that option? Or does it feel light, do you feel energized and eager to move forward with it? Then go through the same process for gallery B and compare your feelings related to the two galleries. Decide which feels lighter and follow the lightness.

And that’s it! I know it just sounds deceptively simple, however, don’t be fooled, this is a very powerful technique! 

Also don’t leave out the 5 years piece either.  This is an essential part of what helps us to tap into that intuitive stream, as it takes us out of focusing on short-term fears and problems or even goals, that may be leading us in the wrong direction.

The key to it is learning to feel which question feels heavier and which one feels lighter.  And the process can be done for anything at all, with a little tweaking of the question.

This Weeks Question: What marketing decision are you making this year that you could apply the intuitive marketing process to??

Look For Next Week’s PostWhat Is The Art of Buying Art?

 

Exhibition is Unhung and Intriguing Evolutions for 2017
TakeDown, Studio Unhung,kadira Jennings, exhibition ends

What goes Up Must Come Down!

 

Unhung it is!  The exhibition has ended and I hope you managed to drop by and see it. You might think that taking down an exhibition would be quick and easy. Well, not so easy I would have to say.  I thought it was only going to take me half an hour or so.  Nope. It turned into two hours, by the time I took all the labels off the wall,

 

Exhibition Unhung,TakeDown, Studio Unhung,kadira Jennings, exhibition ends

 

took the paintings down and then wrapped them all up and put them in the car. And don’t the walls look bare…..

Exhibition Unhung,TakeDown, Studio Unhung,kadira Jennings, exhibition ends

 

Intriguing Evolutions for 2017

So a New Year has arrived, and as always – new beginnings. One big change I have coming soon is to my newsletters.  I am going to combine them into a magazine format that you can read on-line. I am excited about this change, as it will allow me to have more pages and an updated look.  There will be regular features popping up each month as well as different features, such as exhibition reviews and interviews with different creative people. 

So if you are expecting your regular newsletter in the next week or so, I’m sorry to say it wont be arriving.  However there is something bigger and better to look forward to.

 

This Weeks Question: What evolution are you unfolding in the coming year, either in your personal life, or your business?

Look For Next Week’s Post: What is the secret to Intuitive Marketing?

Sparkling New Year

A Sparkling New Year Has Arrived!

Of course, we all wonder what a Sparkling New Year might hold and breathe a sigh of relief that the previous one is finally done.  Things will get better we cheerfully tell ourselves.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favour of optimism.  However optimism on its own rarely achieves anything.

Looking back at 2016, we are not left with a very pretty sight. The world was beset by so many senseless acts of terrorism, bloody debilitating wars, and poverty and slavery on a global scale.  Then of course we had the ongoing battle with giant corporations backed by greedy men doing incredibly damaging things to the health of our planet, like fracking, chopping down huge areas of trees and manufacturing pesticides highly toxic to bees.  On top of this our world financial system is on the verge of collapse and it seems that no one really knows quite what to do about that.

However is this necessarily a bad thing – the fact that it’s collapsing? Sometimes we need to experience radical change in our lives in order to move onto something better. If we are too afraid to make the changes ourselves then we often find that some outside event will force our hand, which can be even more traumatic. Therefore we need to look at what changes we can make, before other things force us to do so.

We are global citizens now and can no longer really hide from that fact.  As artists and creators it is my belief that we have  a twofold, sacred,  responsibility; to mirror back to others the world we live in, or some aspect of it and to offer an alternative vision of hope and beauty.  Artists have long been on the cutting edge of protests against tyranny and the erosion of freedom. And of course the curbing of free speech and  the creative arts is one of the first things oppressive systems try to shut down, be they political, religious or philosophical movements. Why else do you think there were moves afoot this last year by governments and large corporations,  to try to curb the internet – control what we can say and do on it.

“I was very impressed by Avaaz’s massive 2.8-million person petition. Citizens’ concerns have been taken seriously by the European Parliament.”

Now of course many of you may be thinking, what can I do?  I am just one small voice. Well here is something we can all do.  Have you heard of a movement called AVAAZ?  It currently has 43,381,600 members and is growing daily.  It is supported solely by individual donations. Corporations are not allowed to join.  It makes your voice heard – so why don’t you join them this year. This is how you and I can help to keep the world safe, to safeguard free speech, end human trafficking, drug trafficking, fight big pharma, protect our climate and so much more.

So my challenge to you at the beginning of this Sparkling New Year, is – what are you going to do, not just for yourself, but for this beautiful planet we live on? How will you contribute to the wellbeing of humanity and the global community? How can your art practice support change and freedom in the world?

Today’s Other Question: What are you focusing on that will become your reality in 2017?

Happy Christmas,Merry Christmas,Xmas

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

and wishing you

AN ABUNDANT AND JOY FILLED 2017.

See you in the New Year!!

Best Wishes From

KADIRA

What’s next? Now all the Excitement’s Over….

What's next,christmas tree

 Well that’s a very good question.  What is next? About now most people are running around madly trying to get Christmas shopping done, and wondering how they are going to fit in all the work functions, relations visiting, Christmas cooking and mow the lawns.  On top of all that, if you run a business, there is all the business stuff to do before Christmas and then thinking about next year, which is nearly  upon us.

I belong to a master mind group of artists and we have decided to get together between Christmas and New Year and do some vision boards together so we can really get a handle on what’s next for the coming year.  This is not a new idea, but is something that can help focus you  on what you really want, throughout your day.

Is there a secret to creating a vision board that works? In a word YES: Your vision board needs to focus on how you want to feel.  It ought not to focus on just the stuff you want like new cars and houses etc. it’s great to include the material stuff, however where many people go wrong is that those are the things they focus on, the actual things themselves.The most important  thing about manifesting is often not taught to people.  And to repeat it again…. It is all about how you feel. 

Part of that is connected to how in alignment you are with the thing you are wanting.  For example, lets say, that I’m wanting to go on a trip to France.  However, I might be scared of flying or get very nervous about being in a place where I don’t speak the language.  I might have ten different fears around travelling.  Now I can have that picture of France on my vision board, and the plane to get there and the place I’m wanting to stay, however it won’t manifest because my fear will be constantly pushing it away. You would need to focus very strongly on the wonderful feeling you would have standing gazing at the Eiffel Tower – or what ever floats your boat.

Eiffel tower photo

If you want to read a bit more about vision boards check out this article in The Huffington Post

Pix Credits : Eiffel Tower: Pexels

                       Christmas tree : Geralt

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