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

Hello From The Coromandel Peninsula

So it’s hello and goodbye to the Coromandel Peninsula. Parts of this place are like heaven on earth and I feel very blessed to have had the privilege of growing up and holidaying here as a youngster and later coming back to own a little piece of it. They say Home is where the heart is and this beautiful piece of land will always have a special place in my heart.

Today I leave these green shores for arid OZ. Although I have to say that before I came the weather in OZ had been spectacularly wet. More like NZ weather really.

So this post is really offering some images of things experienced in the last 10 days and wanting to share some of the beauty…..

Coromandel,Pine cones in the sand

Pine cones in the sand

 

 

 

Coromandel,Sail Rock

Sail Rock

 

Coromandel,Pohutakawas on the cliff top

Pohutakawas on the cliff top

 

And so it is goodbye to the land of the long white cloud until I can return once more.

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: More highlights from journeys across the water

 

The Heroines Journey Continues

The Heroines Journey Continues.

So this Heroines journey  has literally taken her across the water – a big ditch that separates Australia from New Zealand. I am on a mythic heroines journey here, tracing the story of my re-emerging creative self which had it’s seeds sown back in May 2013…..

It all began here….

heroines journey cathedral cove

and what followed was a series of intuitive paintings – completed with my non dominant hand. Take a look at my earlier posts on this journey.

In this return journey a friend – budding film maker – Prue Kelsey and I, are exploring these beginnings and making a series of short videos tracing the ‘artists journey’ and development.  As these interviews are completed I will be putting them up on the website for you to see.

 Heroines Journey Cathedral Cove

The above image is one small painting from this series.

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: Snippets from New Zealand

The Mythic Journey

Mythic Journey

Of course the Mythic Journey began a long time ago, both yours and mine. It is the story of our live’s struggles, tragedies and triumphs. You may not feel your life is this grand, however it is a unique story. It is your story, no one elses. You get to say what happens, no one else.

Abandoned rollercoaster

Abandoned roller coaster

I once thought my roller coaster, out of control life was other people’s fault – how could it possibly be mine? This is a common perception in the early stage of the Mythic Journey. The young hero or heroine, cannot see/understand that their emotional focus and desires drives towards them, the events of their lives.  Thus they cannot take personal responsibility and therefore cannot fix what is wrong.  Because they blame others for their problems, they have given away their power and cannot change the things that are happening to them because they think they require others to change, not themselves.

Well that was very pithy for a Thursday morning!

However this is such an important subject and my current series of works is a reflection of this subject in my own life. Working on the retrospective story,  I’ve come to discover that it seems, no matter what I’m painting there is a reflection of whats happening in my life and often a story that is mythic in association with those events. My heroine is telling that story through the paint, even though I may not realize it at the time.

On to imagery – Last week’s work completes itself!

Mythic Journey V a

Mythic Journey V  nearly done

Well not really, it seems I did have some input on that!

And here is the finished work….

Mythic Journey V b - Kadira Jennings

Mythic Journey V

As usual, it is hard to photograph a work with a lot of dark in it, to do justice to both the highlights and the shadows.

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: The Mythic Journey continues , tracing roots back to Coromandel and filming the birth of a painting series.

Pix Credits: Roller coaster image sourced from Pinterest

Brush Work – Mileage Upon The Canvas

Brush Work  – Mileage Upon The Canvas

Have you ever wondered how many miles an artist covers on a canvas when they are painting a work of art? Depending on your artistic discipline, the brush mileage may differ somewhat. There are often different types of brush work within the one painting. You will see here that I am beginning with what is called the fat over lean principle.  This means that I lay down very thin layers of paint at the start.

Brush Work

So this week saw, the beginning of a new work. It is similar to the last one, continuing the story of the soul’s journey into the light. Having left the dark night of the soul – I haven’t quite painted that one fully yet, for now I have moved further into the light.

Mythic Journey 2a

Brush Strokes - Mythic Journey Kadira Jennings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above are the preliminary drawings …….

Below is the first paint, I begin by blocking in the dark and then putting a first layer of pale grey over the light area….

Brush Strokes - Mythic Journey Kadira Jennings Brush Strokes - Mythic Journey Kadira Jennings

 

You will note that in the last picture I have also painted a tonal study of the folds of the fabric, in preparation for the upper fabric layers.  At this stage, I’m still deciding on what the final dress colour will be.

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: Come back and see what the finished painting looks like.

Pix Credits: Photo of brushes  by jenni from the block

Latest Work From Kadiras Easel


My Latest work is a continuation of the dress series, which is an allegory of the Mythic Journey. What is the Mythic Journey? If you have been following this series, you will have noticed that the dresses are emerging slowly from the darkness into the light.

Dancing In The Dark, Kadira Jennings

Dancing In The Dark

Dancing In The Dark I

Dancing In The Dark I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mythic Journey often referred to as The Hero’s Journey is perhaps.  a handbook to human life. The journey often takes the hero from the conflicts of family and childhood, through problems of love, intimacy, and ambition, and ultimately to the point when we must face our own mortality. The Hero discovers that;

  • True self-knowledge comes through facing life’s challenges with courage and strength.
  • Beauty, power,  wealth and talent, all bring their own forms of suffering.
  • Our hero or heroine discovers that in the darkness of loneliness, failure, and loss, one can always discovered new light and new hope.

We are all somewhere on this journey. Although not many want to admit it.

This journey was highlighted for me by the revelations of the first painting . This was a deep grief around giving up dancing in my early teens which had been hidden deep down for years. In fact i had no idea until i began work on the painting.

I am now working on the emergence from the dark.  The dark night of the soul.  Here are the preliminary workings..

Latest works Mythic Journey 1aLatest Works Mythic Journey 1b

And so it slowly unfolds…..

Kadiras Works Mythic Journey 1c

Mythic Journey 1d

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stroke by stroke….. until it’s finished!

 

Mythic Journey 1eMythic Journey 1f

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: Take a look at the next work in this series.

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Creating Art

Creating Art is something creative people are driven to do. Well yes, I know that’s stating the obvious, however it is important and hence the emphasis.
Art touches our lives – all our lives, in some way every day. You know that’s a thought I’ve only just had! Have you ever thought about that? How many things have you looked at, used  or noticed today, that were involved in the creative process in some way?  Well If you can’t think of anything, look again – every single thing in this world, whether made by man or God, began as a creative thought in someone’s head. God is Creating Art on a grand scale, while we mostly offer up a pale imitation of that.  Well that’s to be expected don’t you think – we’re working with finite resources after all!

Creating Art -  cathedral cove photo

Creating art – the ultimate Creator at work!

Of course there is the age-old debate about what is art, real art, and so forth.  So much of what is ‘accepted’ in the ‘Art World’, the world of galleries and museums, is all about who you know and how much BS you can rave on about.

Creating art - the Pieta photo

The Pieta – a truly moving work of art. Standing in the presence of this sculpture, one experiences a profound connection to the piece – it is extraordinary.

 

Some art will demand an emotional response from us – depending on where our hearts are, at the time, this response may be joyful or painful – it is different for everyone. Truly great art will stand the test of time, however unfortunately, much of it never sees the light of day, or is hidden away in people’s private collections.

Consider how people line up around the block and camp out overnight to buy a new iPhone when it comes out.  What drives them to do this? We don’t quite see this level of passion when it comes to buying the art work of well-known living artists. However truly admired ones will have their shows sell out before the opening night even. I believe many of these buyers, although they may like the artist’s work a lot, really have just as much of an eye on the potential of the piece to gain in value.  It is an investment. An iPhone is a shiny plaything!

Although I said last week that I would be posting more about the dresses this week, I have decided to put that off till next week.  As I’ve changed somewhat, how I’m posting on the blog, I’ve decided to keep you updated with my work every second week and on the other week to post my usual content about Art Practice, Creativity and general things of interest to creative folk.

This week’s question: What creative works ignite your passion and inspire you to create art?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: Works in progress. Where are the dresses going?

Posted by: Kadira Jennings

 

 

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