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

Learning the Craft of Painting

The craft of painting – what is it?

Well it has many aspects to it not the least of which are having courage and being brave.
Painting, painting, – and then there was more. Well, one likes to think so anyway.
I started back at John Morris’ class this week. One has to challenge ones-self you know.

John Morris

John Morris

 

And it is – challenging to throw yourself into a class where there is no quarter given – really – if that’s what you ask for – which I do. Still, you have to be prepared to not be precious about what you are producing or bringing along for a critique.
Do you have a teacher like that? If you don’t, you need to get one. If you really want to get serious about the business of art – you need to get over yourself enough to accept critical help, sign posts and pointers along the way.

Next Thursday’s Post: Preliminary drawings

Next Monday’s Post: Art Marketing ?

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Mindset – What Is Yours?

Mindset – What is it?

So after last Thursday’s chat I was inspired to buy and read a fascinating book  called, ” Mindset: How can you fulfill Your Potential?”  Thank you Prue!

During our conversation we were discussing how people get stuck. Have you ever wondered why you get stuck? Well this is a new take on it.  Its got nothing to do with whether  you are dumb or smart, creative or scientific, successful or not, although whether you are successful will depend on this. However that also depends on what your definition of success is.

success photo

 

Basically the premiss of the book is that there are two different kinds of mindset – you either have one or the other. Now you might be thinking – that’s a bit limiting – but is it?  Ask your self what you feel about these statements – true or false?

 

  1. I am born with a certain intelligence and that’s what I’ve got – can’t really do much about it.
  2. As I progress through life I have limited abilities which can only take me so far.
  3. I can grow my abilities and add new ones
  4. I have genetic limitations on what is possible for me.
  5. OK that didn’t work for the 10th time, I wonder what would happen if I just did…..
  6. I need to prove that I am smart and successful – this makes me feel validated
  7. Failure means I have been rejected and I’m not smart or talented
  8. Failure means I have a new opportunity for growth – and that I am currently not fulfilling my potential.

 

Now the two different mind sets are basically

  • The Fixed Mindset and

success photo

  • The Growth mindset

 

Getting back to the statements above  – if you felt an alignment with statements 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 you have a FIXED MINDSET

If you felt aligned with statements 3,  5 and 8 You have a GROWTH MINDSET

This book offers so much hope and possibility for all of us. I encourage you very energetically – please, please do yourself a favour and READ IT!!

Even those of you who already feel you have a growth mindset, I’m sure that like me you will be able to identify areas of your life where you don’t and you could do better.  After all let’s face it – we all have the ability to improve on what we do in some way even by the smallest amount.  After all as we all know…….

mindset photo

The longest journey can begin with a very, very small step!

I would like to thank Dr. Carol S Dweck  for the wonderful gift she has given us – an amazing contribution to the growth of the human race!!!

To buy this wonderful book  just click the link above.

This week’s question: What is YOUR MINDSET?

Look For Thursday’s Post: Learning the craft of painting

Next Monday’s Post: Art Marketing …..

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Photo by Celestine Chua

Photo by Celestine Chua

Photo by symphony of love

Photo by symphony of love

Photo by symphony of love

 

Transparency: Please note if you buy this book through this link, I will receive a commission on it.

James Watt – Creator Extraordinaire

You may wonder when you look at today’s painting, what on earth it has to do with James Watt. Well as it turns out, quite a bit really.

You see when my partner John, and I, were visiting the Science Museum in London recently, we had a wander around the section that had exhibits to do with James Watt. It seems that, Johns great-grandfather five times removed was James Watt and John was very keen to take a look at the exhibits. Which we did.

James Watt's Workshop

James Watt’s Workshop

 

Part of the display was a recreation of his workshop – the whole thing transported, lock, stock and barrel and reset up in the museum.  Here are some photos of the space.

James Watt's Workshop

Busts and Jars

 

And next up is the photo which inspired the following painting. I loved the colours and the abstract patterns made by the machine and it’s shadows!

James Watt's Workshop

 

The Painting……………

 

James Watt Studio Painting

 

This week’s question:  What can you find an abstraction in?

Look For Thursday’s Post: In the closet

Next Monday’s Post: Mindset – what is yours?

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Mental Health Exhibition

Well there is some exciting news this week. It is Mental Health Awareness Month here on the Central coast and they hold an annual art exhibition to celebrate this. There are several prize categories awarded to different recipients as there are many people in the community involved in the whole Mental Health side of things. The exciting news is that one of my students won an award  for her entry in the ‘Wisdom of Ageing’ category.  CONGRATULATIONS Brenda!!! Brenda received $300 in prize money for her entry.

Mental Health art award

Brenda Wortley receiving her award

In fact 60% of our families in this region will be affected at some time by the effects of mental health issues. Sadly my family is also a part of that statistic.  This is a huge problem in our community and ranges from drug and alcohol abuse to depression and other mental illnesses. It would seem that there has been an exponential rise in mental health issues as we see pressures both social and financial affecting more and more of our families and the sad fact is that our young people are not immune either.
The number of young people self harming, being put on medication and youth suicides is alarming to say the least.

Mental Health Awareness week is an attempt to bring these issues into the light of day, celebrate the survivors, to encourage and support them and to open discussion within the community.

The often unsung heroes in these dramas are the family members who end up caring for their loved ones suffering from mental illness.  This is an often challenging and thankless task.  It drives partners apart and leaves grandparents often picking up the shattered pieces of their children’s and grandchildren’s lives. On the Central Coast alone there are more than 6000 grandparents raising one or more of their grandchildren – this is my story too.

Below is Brenda’s prize-winning entry and she rang me yesterday to say that it looks as though she has also sold it!!  How exciting!!

mental health Gift No.1

Gift No.1

This week’s question:  How can painting help us work though our challenges in life?

Look For Thursday’s Post:  James Watt – creator extraordinaire….

Next Monday’s Post: Mindset – what is yours?

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Landscapes of the Heart II

This is the second painting of this Landscapes of the Heart series that stands in its own right. Again it is about emotional processing – a little more optimistic perhaps than the first one – perhaps. Here I have personified the heart within its own landscape. I don’t have a lot to say about it – I must let the image speak for itself here…..

Landscapes of the Heart II, Kadira Jennings

Landscapes of the Heart II

 

 

This week’s question:  How does it make you feel? What emotion does it bring up for you?

Look For Thursday’s Post: In the closet

Next Monday’s Post: Mental Health Art awards – exhibition

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Creativity Conversations

Creativity Conversations

To continue with last week’s conversation – I wanted to share some of the thoughts that came up this week as we explored ideas for our video bytes.  One of the key points in our conversation was the following thought….

‘It’s process, it’s all about process’

creativity conversations

Now what does that mean?  Well that small word actually encompasses several different ideas.

  • The first step in any process begins in the mind
  • Process can mean the actual steps in a task that one takes to do something
  • It also encompasses the whole entirety of a task in all its facets
  • Being a creative person is not just about each piece that you create, it is also about your entire journey and development as an artist.
  • When you look back on that journey, can you identify major Y forks in the road where a certain decision has led you down a particular path?
  • If you had your time over, would you do the same thing again and if not why not?

creativity conversations

 

 

  • Are you a recording artist, a live performer  or a combination of both? Why do you do what you do?

 

creativity conversations

 

  • Are you a plein air painter or a studio artist? What is important about your process?

This week’s question:  What is YOUR process and how well does it serve you?

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

Next Monday’s Post: Mental Health Art awards – exhibition

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

 

 

 

 

Photo by christian.senger

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