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

Hi – Thanks for coming by – this is just a short note to let you know that I’m posting on Sundays now.  For this weeks blog post it will appear on Sunday the 10th of April. Thanks.

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Taylor Hall – At Face Value

This is a preview from the up coming post on the Art Express in Sydney.

Art Processes – the spectre of uncertainty…….

art processes

The Spectre of Uncertainty

Art Processes, just what are they? Well, they are the many and varied steps that are involved within an art practice and one of them is concerned with the element of uncertainty. It is this uncertainty that we all wrestle with while creating, that I want to talk about today. I came across a blog post by Noula Diamantopouloson on this very subject, and I would like to share a snippet of it with you now.

“Your inadequacy comes from not seeing. Not being present from that which wishes to be expressed in your work. You are holding onto what YOU want said through this commission.

I want you to see what you are pushing away.

I want you to see what you are not letting go of.

You are to do the work not be the work. Let go of how you think it should look like. Let it be what it wants to be. Follow each cut. Place each shape down with love and honesty. Let the work surface from your hearts hands. Accept each piece that is placed. Accept me, the unknown, the uninvited.”

If you would like to read her whole article it is centred around a mosaic commission she was struggling with and she gives some great insights into our creative process.

I think the points she raises here in the quote are just so relevant to anybody who creates. The red highlights are mine, as I consider these to be the most important points.  How many times have you worked on a painting and it just doesn’t want to go where YOU want it to go. And to her point of  “you are holding on to what YOU want said,” through this artwork, well, we must learn to trust the process and allow the great creator to flow through us. It would pay us to also realise that creating is a partnership and it is necessary for us to allow the other half of this partnership its voice, because until then we will often be caught up in these, sometimes mammoth struggles, with our own work.

This is one of the more difficult art processes. I don’t know that one ever fully masters it because often it will depend how present we are on the day when we are painting.  One needs to  still the Mind’s Chatter and become immersed in the moment, fully present to the work, and allowing that work to develop, unfold and emerge as it must.  It really is a lot like giving birth.

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Art processes – birthing an idea

 

It is a painful, messy, process and what emerges is something completely separate from ourselves with a personality of its own – so do our paintings emerge to grace the world with their own beautiful personality.

This Weeks Question: How do you deal with uncertainty in your own art practice?

Look For Next Week’s PostThe Art Express Exhibition in Sydney

Photo by Treforlutions TreVizionz

Photo by Treforlutions TreVizionz

Creative Practice – Part II

Creative practice  is incorporated in a theme that I have often spoken of on the blog, this is the idea of the Artist Date. The issues I spoke of in the previous post speak directly to the value of the artist date. Why, because when you are on an artist date,  you are a lot more present and you are consciously seeking things that are going to fire your inspiration. You are putting yourselves in environments that you love, or sometimes that challenge, but generally are going to ignite your creative juices.

So to return to how one works up in image, in my own art practice I will often put an image into Photoshop and then play around with it until it feels right, and I may or may not do drawings from this. Sometimes I will print the images out and then do draw on top of the printed images for things that I haven’t been able to deal with in the computer space.

Creative Practice

Creative Practice in action

When I’m happy with the composition, I will then begin drawing the image up on the canvas.

Here is the finished painting…

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Suspension oil on Canvas 40×40″

Another element of art practice that relates directly to creating images is looking at other art work, whether this is work of the great masters, children’s art, or works on display in a local gallery. Our inspiration comes from many sources. We can look at how another artist has dealt with, for example,  light on fabric and apply the same principles in our own work. In fact in Europe there is a time honoured tradition for artists to go into galleries and make sketches and copy the works of the great masters in order to learn and study how they executed what they did. This makes life a lot easier, because you don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel. So we all have much to be thankful for in terms of our  predecessor artists and their contribution to our understanding of how to create an art work.

This Weeks Question: Have you identified the elements of your creative practice that work the best for you?

Look For Next Week’s PostArt Processes – a look at uncertainty as part of our art practice.

Creative Practice

Creative Practice – elements

creative practice

Creative Practice is a term relating to different elements in an artist’s life. Some people regard to all of these elements as creative practice however others relate this term to those things which are exclusively concerned with the creation of the art that they produce. I am going to outline some of those things that go into producing a painting, which are part of the creative process and therefore are the creative practice.

  • The first thing and I just must do is to come up with an idea for either single work or a body of works.
  • Painting can be just working on a single picture but this is an art practice that has no depth. As we develop and grow as artists, we endeavour to explore the depths of whatever subject we are examining. This often requires much thought. It can require research into ideas and techniques.
  • I will often build a mind map around certain idea – in this case – Beauty

 

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  • From that point I will take one of the branches on the mind map and explore that further. In that exploration, I might be researching into painting techniques, or looking for visuals that support my idea.
  • Once I have a rough idea of what I want to do, I may then do some preliminary drawings.

I should mention at this point that the ideas I do use, do not usually just happened on your own and are not necessarily a result of specific research. Part of one’s art practice involves things that we notice on a day-to-day basis. This might be shadows of a particular tree or possibly the lights playing on the water at the beach, will give me an idea of the colour I would like to use in the next painting.

That is why the practice of the art of presence is so important in an artist’s life….. Mindfulness has become a buzz word of late, however this practice has been used by artists for centuries. All the things that I am aware of in my external environment become part of my internal awareness which I can then bring to my canvas once I get there.

This Weeks Question: How well do you understand your own creative practice?

Look For Next Week’s Post:Creative Practice – Part II

 

Photo Credit:  stokpic (Pixabay)

 

A Taste Of Art – Sunday lunch at Bombini

 

Bombini resturant, A taste of art

The Venue

On Sunday the 28th Feb I delivered a workshop at Bombini Restaurant on the Central Coast. I was one of 3 local artists chosen to pilot this project – A Taste of Art. The concept is to have an artist delivering a workshop at the restaurant and then everyone stays for lunch.  

As you can see above, the venue is delightful, especially on a fine summer afternoon, with a hint of a sea breeze coming in from the beach.

The day went well, with participants enjoying the unique surroundings, each other’s company and a fun art project, which lasted for two hours.

Michelle experiments with drips

Michelle experiments with drips

 

 

Complementary colour abstract painting

Complementary colour abstract painting

 

A collage project

A collage project

This was followed by an excellent two course lunch with wine. The food was delicious, the service excellent.  There was attention paid to specific dietary needs and nothing was too much trouble. Thank you Hayley and Cameron, for a great experience.

Lunch at Bombini

Lunch at Bombini

 

There are more workshops coming in May and June from Felicity O’connor and Gabe Somers – check out the Bombini website for details.

This Weeks Question: When was the last time you had an arty lunch date?

Look For Next Week’s Post: Creative practice?

Mavens and Marketing

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Mavens were the topic of my previous post. I spoke about their importance to us and what we could do for them. The fostering of your mavens is an important way you can drive your art career forward. 

How does this equate with marketing, does it have anything to do with it?

While mavens can often be close friends, this is not always the case.  Often they are people who love our work and want to see us succeed. They are nearly always generous people, generous with their time and contacts and they may know many people. Therefore it makes sense for us to try to foster these friendships, not in a calculating, cold-hearted way, but rather as a reciprocal relationship. In my previous post I went into some of the ways that we could show our appreciation for their efforts.

What I would like to examine further in this post, is the idea that we have an ideal client. This person is very often the type of person who has collected our work previously. You may find that your mavens also move in circles where people collect art and may even collect your style of art.
If you think about this in more detail you will be able to identify to a much greater degree what that person looks like, where they hang out, what their leisure pursuits are, the kind of stores they shop in, the food they eat and where they travel to on a holiday. Why do you need to know these things, because this tells you the kinds of places to consider placing your art works.  

Marketing is not just sending out flyers or buying advertisements in a publication. Marketing is about building relationships, letting people know your brand story and you the person behind the brand.  One thing to be very clear about is that as an artist – you are an entrepreneur and marketing and branding is just as important for you as it is for any other business. Developing your relationships with your mavens is the easiest way to do this.

This Weeks Question: How many mavens can you bring into your circle in the next year?

Look For Next Week’s PostMore on your creative practice?

 

Pix Credits: Photo by Unsplash

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