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

Well, That Certainly Was A Change!

So the change I meant, wasn’t that I was giving up doing my posts. I just got a nasty surprise when I checked up and discovered how behind I am. So sorry for that. The weekend before last I was in Sydney shopping for a dress to wear to my sister’s wedding and since she was here visiting from Germany all thoughts of the blog completely flew out of my head. I was having far too much fun with her.

Anyway, I thought I should explain my absence. Life does get in the way sometimes of things like blogs. That’s the problem with social media there are so many different things to be keeping up to date, Instagram, live streaming, Facebook groups, Twitter and Pinterest – OMG no wonder we have so little time left for other things.

And last weekend I have no idea what happened. I do believe its a function of my unconnected, open head centre.  Those of you who have studied Human Design, will get what I’m talking about. I began studying human design recently and I have to tell you it is absolutely fascinating. Want a deeper insight into why you do the things you do, and how you affect other people, and how they affect you, I suggest you check it out.

Below is an example of a human design chart. As you can see they are pretty complex. And this person has an open head centre – the white spaces at the top of the chart.

 


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What’s Up Next Week: What Thought Processes Go Into a Painting?

 

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Change Is Coming – To The Blog!

Change is coming.

The Winds of Change affect us all, myself included. The time has come for a New  Direction with my blog. Not a huge change, but change nevertheless. I was considering giving up the blog altogether, however, I have invested over 6 years in it now and it seems it is not the time for a parting of the ways yet.

However, I am working on consolidating my time expenditure. In order to do this, I have decided to stop producing the magazine that I’ve been doing for the last year and put all that content on my blog.

Over the coming weeks, you can expect to see some changes. A bit of a facelift, which is probably long overdue. Here’s some of what you can expect.

  • I will have a gallery here for my student’s works and you will see more information about what’s going on at the art school.
  • Alongside that will be more in-depth conversations about my own practice and information about the online courses I am currently writing and anything else that is relevant to the ArtLife.
  • Videos of me working on current paintings as well as the short discussions on varying art topics. 
  • I would love it if you could leave some thoughts and comments beneath my posts as I go along.  Thanks

For those of you who have been subscribers to my newsletters and magazines, I thank you for being with me on this journey, and I hope that you will continue to find as much value on the blog, as you did from the magazine. 

So yes, change is coming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by dirktherabbit

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The Artistic Bent
By Guest blogger Chay Partridge

The artistic bent is a subject open to personal interpretation, like many things to do with art.  This week I bring you some thoughts about it, that you may or may not have considered before.

“One day I went a-wanderin

Down a dusty road

As dusk was casting its shadows,

Across my precious load…”

This is the beginning of a poem of mine, and to be honest, nothing external prompted it, the inspiration for it came from a place inside me where beauty resides.  As far as I am concerned, if an artwork does not even attempt to touch this place, it is merely wearing the façade of art and is not the genuine article.

I make this bold statement because I am experienced in channelling inspiration, and I have found that this place of beauty is its home.  As we complete an artwork and examine its fluidity and overall effectiveness, we can begin to see that its congruence is due to the overall beauty that has been achieved.

This is not to say that all art must be beautiful, but only exceptional technical skill can make up for a vague moment of inspiration.

Beauty is what causes us to admire things – it is what I describe as an absolute-value, as it is the nature of all beings to move toward what they are attracted to.  This attraction gives our inspiration the wings it needs to cause us to create, develop and evolve.

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Painting by Waterhouse

So how do we find it?  Does everyone have an artistic bent? Well, there are two ways to ‘get inspired’… the commonest and easiest way to do this is to look at stuff until you find what you like, then get ideas from it and come up with your own version.  The other more advanced method, for the artistic aspirant, is to find it using introspection.  We do not concentrate on looking for ideas we like in our head or finding out nice stuff to paint or write about, but rather we concentrate on self-analysis, constructive self-criticism, and reflection upon what is important in our lives.

It is definitely a slower method, but by doing this we get rid of what is unnecessary and discover that which truly makes our life meaningful.  And THAT my friends is what actually drives inspiration… it’s the meaning, the being of self and the purpose of what we are doing that gives it real grunt and long-term drive.

You will see in the Rembrandt piece, that the subject is an ugly old man, but Rembrandt’s inspiration has used characterisation, colour and compositional fluidity to capture the beauty that is inherent in life – it doesn’t focus on superficially ‘beautiful’ traits.

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Rembrandt – Portrait

There are some instances where a person may be delighted to create something grotesque and call it art, yet you will find that with all artistic movements, even surrealism and cubism, aesthetic harmony and balance are never compromised.  Because these are the essential features of beauty that give art its foundation.

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Picasso – cubism

Taking A Break

 

Taking a break today – sorry no writing – I’ll leave you with some eye candy instead.

 

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High Tide -Tsukasa Nakahara

 

Have a wonderful week – and next week I’ll be talking about work/life balance.

 

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Mythic Journey V 

Have a spectacularly creative week! 

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Gaia – Mother Earth

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Change, Love it or Hate it, You Can’t Leave it

Change seems to be my theme this week. And I guess that’s appropriate at this time of year when many of us are embracing the New Year and wishing to move forward in our lives. The creative process requires us to deal with change on a daily basis. However, unfortunately, most of us are resistant to it, in our art practice as well as our personal lives. And there are many of us who dabble in our creative processes and yet never fully own them. I am very familiar with this story because I spent many years of my life pretending I wasn’t an artist. That label artist seems to scare would be artists to death. I know all the distractions, excuses and rocky stones on this path of Resistance. They are old well-loved friends, hard to leave behind.

Here’s a list of a few of the things that might stop you from doing your true work in the world, the work that makes your soul sing, and is not work at all. That will stop you from  embracing the change that will be necessary in order for you to do so. The things on this list require us to make changes, and deal with the resistance if we are to overcome its hold on us.

  •  I’ll do it later – when I have time
  • When the kids are going to school – I’ll have time then
  • It would be selfish of me to spend that money on art supplies when my partner needs a new widget for his car
  • I’ll just do (x) before I look into it
  • Who am I kidding – me, a film director, dancer, artist ………. fill in the blank
  • I’m too old now
  • Everyone else has a head start – they will always be better than me
  • It’s just a pipe dream
  • I don’t have any talent

You see, we live in a world that preconditions us to fit into the society we are born into. If you think about schools and the things you’re forced to learn even though they may not fit your abilities and personality. We are often brainwashed into accepting a career that we don’t love, and a way of living that doesn’t suit who we are. Not only that, if you are an artist, you are caught up with all the bad press around what it means to be an artist.

I am sure you know how that goes. Artists are weird people, they get into drugs, they are lazy and wild etc. And of course, there is The Starving Artist syndrome that we are all taught, a philosophy of lack and non-abundance.

The idea of their child becoming an artist terrifies many parents.

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The thing is you see, that many artists are different, and are not understood by the general run of society. Why is this? It is because artists are agents of Change, and they often put out ideas that society at large is not ready to deal with. They point out things that need changing in the world and they are on what ‘Abraham’ calls, The Leading Edge. This means that their position in society is often not accepted because after all, people don’t want change. And yet in order to function optimally as an artist one has to deal with change on a daily basis in the course of creating an artwork, and making space for art to flourish within their lives.

 

Is never too late to follow your heart’s desire, but that will require you to make changes!

 

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For more on this topic and a deeper look at our resistance see this post

Photo credits:

TheDigitalArtist (Pixabay)

geralt (Pixabay)

 Larry Lamsa

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Looking forward To A Fabulous 2018!

2018 – A brand new year. 

Have you noticed that around this time of the year all the messages you get in your inbox encouraging you to make goals for the coming year, turn over a new leaf and all that stuff? I’m sure you’ve heard all that before, and it’s the same every year.
Well, as far as it goes, the process of writing goals for a new year etc. is not a bad thing, and perhaps you’ve even tried some of those things but they have they worked out?

  • My question is, what kind of things could really make a difference to
    How we go forward into 2018?

In my previous post, I spoke about rearranging the way we will organize for Christmas. I think one of the most difficult things about organizing 4 years planning, does that we start off with a great hurrah and as the year goes by we lose our impetus and run out of steam. One of the things that can make a big difference is really looking at and thinking deeply about one or two big goals we would like to achieve for the year. These can be personal, business, or creative goals.
So a goal in this context is not something such as, I want to complete one painting next week. Rather the goal might be, I want to have a solo show in November 2018. This goal has many elements to it and would require detailed planning and many steps before it came to fruition. This is the kind of goal I’m speaking of.

When you have something that is really concrete like this, you can then break it down into lots of manageable steps. I find the easiest way to do this often is to begin brainstorming with the Mind Map.

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This one is done using Mindjet, but you can just as easily do one by hand on a piece of paper.

As you can see, it is possible to add steps exponentially. If I have a large goal, I will make a separate, new mindmap just for that and then link the two mindmaps.

I learned this concept from millionaire entrepreneur – Rich Schefren. He plans and organizes his all his multimillion dollar businesses in this way.

The other thing I’m excited to share is a new Diary, I’ve come across. It was a crowd-funded project that I bought into, and I’m so glad I did. They have put a lot of thought into the whole concept, even down to a unique system for adding and changing pages within the diary.
It is called – The Perfect Notebook – and it almost is. I could recommend a couple of minor improvements but that’s about it.

 

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The Perfect Notebook

 

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The Perfect Notebook, Pages

 

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Unique Pages System

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