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

Refugees

Refugees in New Zealand have been warmly welcomed, as I mentioned in the previous post. As I worked my way through the first painting, ‘Refugee‘,  I thought more and more about the whole subject. What makes a person a refugee, is there only one kind of refugee and are refugees always created by forceful displacement?

The dictionary definition of a refugee is – “a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.”  I believe there are degrees of refugees.  Those as described already, and people who have been displaced from their native environment by choice, only to find they cannot return, for various reasons. In my next post I shall examine these ideas further.

As the painting developed, you will see in the vlog below, the struggles I had to get the image to work.

 

 

In this painting the refugees have arrived and are being welcomed by their new country – New Zealand, in this case.  I am working very intuitively at the moment, and being constantly surprised at what is coming out onto the canvas.  The images are very powerful and I feel they are taking on a life of their own.  The large figure on the left – the spirit of the land ended up having such an amazing feeling coming from him.  I was really excited by  this piece and it is my favourite so far.

Something else that has me really fired up about this body of work, is that I am going to donate 10% of all profits from the works to The Syrian Refuge Crisis Appeal  ( Care Australia).

It is a way that I, as an artist can support the refugees, while at the same time, sharing that with those who buy my work. So if you would like to purchase this work you can do so here.

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This Weeks Question: What are your thoughts on the refugee crisis? Please Share…..

Look For Next Week’s Post: My 8 day Instagram challenge.

 

 

Refugee Crisis –

The worldwide refugee crisis is a phenomenon that we can no longer ignore. It seems that every time you turn on the TV you see people transitioning in some way. There are millions of displaced people traveling across Europe, looking for new homes as their land has become uninhabitable due to war and terrorism.

I was in  New Zealand listening to a news report about the town of Dunedin in the South Island where the whole city turned out to welcome a plane load of Syrian refugees. There was a wonderful air of support, compassion  and simple human kindness being offered by the citizens, to these refugees, who have been through such harrowing experiences.  We cannot even imagine the pain and suffering they have been through.

Now you might wonder what all this has to do with art. Well as it turns out it actually has quite a lot to do with art and in particular my art.  What follows is an interesting insight into how the subconscious mind works, and how creativity flows.

During my recent New Zealand trip I visited Rotorua and took several photos of the hot pools there.  On returning home I used some of these photos as source material for some abstract paintings.

The first work used this photo as it’s source.

Refugee Crisis,Rotorua hot pool

When I was about three-quarters of the way through the work  I was wondering what title to give it when the word refugee popped into my head. At the time I couldn’t figure why, why refugee???

 

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I could see that the figures in the middle of the painting looked very frightened and harrowed.The funny thing is that I was talking to one of my students about the painting and we had previously been discussing how I would like to return to live in New Zealand (I currently live in Australia.) But at this point in time that is not possible for me. So when I was telling her about the painting being called Refugee, she looked at me and looked at the painting and said ‘but you’re a refugee, aren’t you? ‘ This was quite astonishing because I’d never thought of myself as such.

This got me to thinking further about refugees, the refugee crisis and displaced persons in general…… and so began the birth of a new series – the Art of Transitioning.

This Weeks Question: What are your thoughts on the refugee crisis? 

Look For Next Week’s Post: A vlog of the second painting in this series and more on refugees.

Freedom and Art

Freedom and Art are two things that seem to go hand in hand. Anyone in the Western world cannot be unaware of what is happening in Syria at the moment. The desire to create, love and be free is in every human heart no matter what oppressive regime tries to stamp them out. I was very moved by this beautiful image posted on Facebook during the week.

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Klimt in Syria

 

Whether this is real or a digitally superimposed image, matters not – it is the concept that is important here. It took someone – unknown at this point, to think of the idea in the first place. What a wonderful idea, if we could beautify all the destroyed buildings with wonderful works of art. It is hard to imagine the cost, physically, mentally and emotionally, of living in such devastating conditions. Art on the other hand can be uplifting, restoring beauty where it has been torn down and giving the downtrodden hope for the future.

The ironical thing is that as soon as finances become constrained for what ever reason, the first thing to go is spending on Creativity and the Arts.  Freedom and art can become mutually exclusive in times of difficulty. Governments actively destroy great works of art during purges or just stop arts funding.  Recently Australia has undergone a round of draconian cost cutting by our government and the latest thing to fall under the axe along with education and health care funding, are many of the Arts projects. One of these is Narva  which is our national association of visual artists. There are so many benefits available to artists through this group,  including access to a large knowledge base on running an arts business and everything to do with the Arts, funding for artists, and help in so many areas for professional, practicing artists. However the government has decided in its great wisdom that artists no longer need to invest in the country’s cultural development.

The saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand word’ is so true.  A sculpture, painting or digital piece can fill us with joy every time we look at it. For example the Klimt picture above, immediately transported me back to the first time I saw the original of this work. It  is such an intensely beautiful and arresting piece of artwork that it made my heart sing.  How powerful is that? It is an experience I continue to hold within me.

When an artwork has such a strong emotional impact on the viewer, they carry that with them forever. What an amazing gift that is.  And yet artists are not encouraged in their art practices. Instead we are marginalised and told to, ‘Get a REAL job!’  As if the artist contributes nothing of value to society.

This Weeks Question: How do you think artists contribute to society? Please share your thoughts….

Look For Next Week’s Post: More on my new series of works.

Vlog – new series – emerging artworks.

You know I think artworks are always in the emerging category are they not?

Following my recent visit to New Zealand I have begun a new series of work. To introduce you to this work I am sharing a vlog which traces the development of the painting ‘You Are Welcome Here’, from its inspiration to its completion.

 

 

There is more about this work ‘You Are Welcome Here’ to be found on my website. This is the second work in the series.  I have explained how this series was born as part of the description to the first painting in the series – ‘Refugee‘.

Here is the finished work.

 

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This Weeks Question: Can you leave a comment  – what are your thoughts on this art work?  I would love to hear what you think.

Look For Next Week’s Post: Freedom and Art

Art Collector,art galleries photo

So you want to be an art collector. Perhaps you think the life of an art collector is something glamorous and to be aspired to.  Well of course it is you know.  Where would we artists be without people like you to collect our art!

Collecting art is not as easy as it might seem however. There are many different kinds of collectors. Let’s have a look at some of them.

The Money Is No Object Art Collector
  • Collectors in this category well to them to them money is no obstacle.
  • However that does not mean that collecting is a breeze for them either. After all what is their taste in art – or perhaps that doesn’t matter to them. Some choices any collector might consider are :
    • Do I want to collect emerging artists in the hope that careers will Blossom and we will both do well.
    • Or should I just collect the tried and true Old Masters for instance. A 50-100 million or so for a Van Gogh these days – no sweat.

If you are a newbie at collecting art there are many things to think about.

The Newbie Collector.
  • Again has the –
    • Do I want to collect emerging artists in the hope that careers will Blossom and we will both do well.
    • What can I afford?
    • What do I like?
    • What will go with my decor?
The Rich Collector’s Wife

Here we see a different kind of art collector.

  • She often likes to follow emerging artists become friends with them and help launch their careers.
  • She likes to attend all social openings and art functions. She may belong to charities that promote emerging art and support emerging artists.
  • She knows what she likes and often has a sophisticated eye as to what will suit Modern decor and yet still be cutting edge and a noteworthy curatorial selection.
  • She enjoys her new status  within the Inner Circle of the art world. It adds meaning to her life and allows her to feel useful and a contributor to the better side of society and human development.

 

Art Collector

 

 

To answer the question   ‘How do I begin an art collection? ‘ Check back next month for the continuation of this series.

This Weeks Question: Have you begun a collection of original art works and if so what are you choosing to collect?  Please share your insights in the comment section below.

Look For Next Week’s Post: Follow the development of my latest artworks – there is a new direction happening – some fresh beginnings.

 

 

 

Photo Credits : Photo by eschipul

                           Photo by VIPevent

A Thief Stole Paintings From The Louvre

A friend emailed me this recently and – well its delightful so I really had to share it with you…..

A thief in Paris planned to steal some
Paintings from the Louvre

Louvre

After careful planning, he got
past security,  stole the paintings,
and made it safely to his van.

However, he was captured only two
blocks away when his van ran out of gas

When asked how he could mastermind
such a crime and then make such an
obvious error, he replied, 

‘Monsieur, that is the reason I stole  

the paintings.’

monet

I had no Monet

degas-self-portrait-pastel-1895

 

To buy Degas

 Van Gough

 

To make the Van Gogh.

DeGaulle 

See if you have De Gaulle to

send this on to someone else….

Toulouse

 

I sent it to you because I figured

I had nothing Toulouse.

I thought this was rather clever and I hope it brings a smile to your day, just as it did to mine!

Please share it with your friends and spread some smiles around the world :)

This Weeks Question: What can you do to make someone else smile this week?

Look For Next Week’s Post: The Life of an Art Collector.

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