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

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could reach the end of the year with the same kind of momentum, excitement, hope and possibilities that we launch into the New Year with?

Unfortunately, the end of the year always seems to end in a frenetic, flurry of trying to wrap up work projects and somehow fit in Christmas shopping and attend end of year school functions if you have children, and not to mention the ballet recitals, drama productions and everything else that goes along with having kids. How many times do you hear people say these days, I wish we could forget about Christmas.

  • My question is, what kind of things could really make a difference to
    How we experience the end of the year?

So let’s take a look at Xmas. Of course, if you want to change the way things are, then you have to be prepared to change what you are doing now. And for something as big as Christmas, this will require firstly, changing how you think and secondly a major shift in your organisational planning.
Some of what I’m going to suggest, may not be new and some of it is, so you may or may not be familiar with it, however, if you can manage to implement it, it will de-stress Christmas to a very large degree. So what to do?

1. Begin NOW – Well EARLY JANUARY, by making a list of all the people you would like to honour next Christmas. Divide them into four categories of how you intend to do that, with either

  • a card
  • a present
  • an email or
  • a Christmas catch up

2. The people you want to catch up with, put them into your calendar NOW, yes 11 months ahead. And then take that one step further and talk to them about it. Now, this already gives you a clear idea of what space you have left at Christmas for other things. Of course some flexibility needs to be built into this process, however, it is a start. And you can now forget about it until around October when you need to revisit it and just check in with everyone that they are still ok with those dates. I would suggest that you might get some resistance from your friends about such forward planning, however, you can point out to them the advantages and doing this, of being able to make time for what is really important in life.

3. Next, make a list those you would like to buy presents for. This list will not change much during the year, you may add one or two people, or a few may drop off that list, but usually, it stays much the same.

  • With this list, put beside each person’s name, a gift you might give them
  • Now all you have to do is keep your eye out for that item during the year.   This will allow you to save money by sourcing it cheap online or buying in a super sale during the year.
  • Decide on a date you will have purchased all the items by say – the end of October and review all your purchases then, making sure you have all the items needed.
  • This will also, still give you time to get anything that’s missing off your list.

4. You can buy your Christmas cards now, in the after Christmas sales and keep them ready for next year. All you will need to do is fill them out and post them. Put a reminder in your phone to visit this task in mid-November.

5. With the emails, again put a reminder in your phone, this time to visit the task in mid-to-late December.

 

And that is Christmas taken care of – no rush, no fuss. What do you think? Start 2018, by getting the end of the year in order. How does it get any better than that!

Creativity At Christmas

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Gingerbread House

 

Creativity At Christmas – One thing I love about Christmas, is that it is a time when many people dip into their creativity. There are numerous ways that we can be creative at Christmas. Here are a few of them:

  • Making our own Christmas cards 
  • Preparing delightful dishes for Christmas dinner
  • Making our presents for others
  • Taking time to wrap gifts thoughtfully
  • Gingerbread houses

We have all become so embroiled in the commercialization of Christmas that it is difficult to retain sight of the fact that Christmas is about giving and receiving. I should add to that the all-important word MINDFULLY, giving and receiving. How often do we leave everything to the last-minute and rush about trying to find something appropriate to give this person and that, not having a clue what they would really like? And that is something else again – why don’t we know what they would really like.  Have we asked them? Our lives are so busy, so rushed – when do we have time to mindfully stop and really consider what we are doing? Gifting creativity at Christmas seems to have gone out of fashion and become steamrollered into quantity versus quality amidst the frantic pace of our 21st-century lifestyles.

Sometimes I think we lose sight of what’s important. This year I took a night off work so I could take my granddaughter to a gingerbread house making night. This was great fun for both of us and we spent time together, working and playing together, with her bossing me around as she loves to do. However, she also came to the realisation that in order to complete the task we had to co-operate. (So important learning was also given within this experience.)

I have not attended one of these events before, and it was great to see a whole room full of people, many of whom didn’t know each other, collaborating and having fun together. It was a night of belonging to a tribe, the tribe of gingerbread house makers. And importantly it was a night of creativity at Christmas. There was no competition involved, just everybody creating the most delightful houses that they could.

The less is more principle springs to mind. When you think about the joy we have on receiving a handmade present from one of our children compared to a cheap mass-produced item, there is no comparison really. One year a friend gave me an exquisitely hand embroidered bag that she had made and I was so moved by this gift. There were hours of work in it and the fact that she had made this for me was actually quite overwhelming. This bag must be 30 years old now and I still remember the beautiful feeling I had on opening it.  My friend gave me something far more than just a bag the day she gave me this gift. She gave me a gift that has kept on giving to me for 30 years and it was a gift that said to me – I see you, I know your heart, I love you and value our friendship. 

 

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Hand Embroidered Bag

 

This friend has given me many beautiful treasures over the years, I still have them all, and my heart is filled with joy and gratitude every time I look at them.

When someone takes the time to create something for you, it is a measure of their care and love. It is not about how good the gift is, how ‘perfectly made’, or it will ruin my decor or will I look geeky  if I wear this chunky bracelet – these judgments are all about us not the giver of the gift. 

However, I think we should take note that many of these things are falling by the wayside now, for example, a lot of people now send their Christmas cards by email. Many of my students were remarking just today that they hardly ever get Christmas cards anymore and they were quite delighted to receive mine. Not that I actually made them mind you, well they weren’t hand done, but they were digital images that I created and then had printed on cards, so there was still an element of my own creativity there.  The funny thing was, that they opened them together and didn’t work out right away that I had created the images on the cards until one of them turned one over and saw my logo on the back. Then everyone went back and had a second look at their cards which were all different, and you could see the delight on their faces at something that wasn’t just bought from the store. You can see how gifting creativity at Christmas, rewards both the giver and the receiver.

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I think there is also another really important point here, which is illustrated by the example I just gave. If we think for a moment about how the students received those cards, at first really only giving them a cursory glance until someone else discovered that they might have more meaning. It was only then that they went back and actually had a really good look at the cards. So we have here a lesson in receiving as well. If you think about how children open their Christmas presents, they rip through them going on to the next thing and the next, and until they’re all gone. And the more presents they receive the less appreciation there actually is for each gift. I wonder what Christmas would be like, if we only gave handmade gifts, which also means that we would probably get far less of them. But how much more might we appreciate them and how much longer might those gifts keep on giving to us if they were specially made just for us.

This, of course, means that we need to be a lot more organised, we would have to begin creating these gifts at the beginning of the year not rushing out to buy them three days before Christmas. We would have to put a lot more thought into what we actually want to give them, and what we think they might like. Then of course, we might have to give up some of our precious time in order to create it. However, the gift in that for us is that we get to use our own creativity, and experience the joy that there is within that activity, that fills the soul like nothing else.

 

 

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What Does It Take To Dive Deeper Into Your Art Practice?

Deepen Your Art Practice a free group hosted by me on Facebook.
It is a place for artists of all stages to Dive Deeper, Create and Connect –
If you want to dive deeper into your Art Practice and learn to create powerful artworks while balancing your creative and business energies, come over and join in the conversation at  Deepen Your Art Practice.

Why would you want to Join this group? As you know, there are a lot of art groups out there and what is one more artist’s group? Well, one of the things I noticed that was lacking was a group that really goes deeper into an artist’s life and their Art Practice.  Most groups out there are sharing paintings, business tips and techniques.  I feel that the most important side of our Art Practice is being neglected, so I established this group to start the conversation around what is, really important.

A lot of this conversation will focus on topics like:

  • What it means to be an artist.
  • How do we manage those internal conflicts that arise between our normal life and our artlife?
  • The power of gratitude.
  • Looking at the pros and cons of working in a series.
  • What happens when we only ‘paint to sell’ 
  • The conflict between what we want to paint and what we think we should paint.

 

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  • How does the medium I choose to paint in reflect what my soul is trying to express?

These topics are just a few of the areas I plan to open a discussion on.

Black Kale

How Do You Name A Painting?

This is a great dilemma for many artists. How to pack meaning into a couple of words, a meaning that will travel with that painting for the rest of its life. I have just completed the painting above and, yes, I’m looking for a title.  I’ve decided to see what others think.  So I thought it might be fun to have a – ‘Name The Painting’ contest, and the lucky winner will receive a print of the painting.

Black Kale

So if you would like to enter – DM me on FB https://www.facebook.com/kadirajennings/ or Instagram kadira_jennings  with your entry and I will be in touch if you are the lucky winner.

 

 

The Salvatore Mundi is a name relatively unknown until a few weeks ago.  Now it has hit the world headlines. Why? 

Leonardo da Vinci – a name that is known by millions of people from around the world,  he is the painter of The Salvatore Mundi.

Leonardo da Vinci was part of the Italian Renaissance, but he wasn’t just an artist. In fact, he only painted about 30 works that we know of, during his lifetime.  He was also a scientist, mathematician, and inventor. He is credited with the inventions of tanks, helicopters and parachutes as well as many scientific discoveries. 

 

 

What would it be like to own a Leonardo Da Vinci – I wonder. You may have recently heard that there was an opportunity for one lucky, very wealthy person to do just that.
The work – Salvator Mundi sold for AU$592,000,000. Is any work of art worth that much – I wonder? What do you think?

There has been a lot of controversy about this work since it came to light again in 2005. It was owned by King Charles I of England in the mid-1600s and auctioned by the son of the Duke of Buckingham in 1763. It then disappeared until 1900, when it resurfaced and was acquired by a British collector and was thought at that time, to be done by one of Leonardo’s apprentices.
The painting was sold again in 1958,  for $60 at an auction in London.  At that time it was not recognized as a da Vinci work. It came to light again briefly in 2005, badly damaged and partly painted-over, by various art dealers. 

In 2011, it was again rediscovered and authenticated as one of da Vinci’s works.

 

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The Salvatore Mundi – Leonardo da Vinci

The main thing that the experts are hotly debating over, in relation to the Salvatore Mundi’s authenticity, is the glass orb.  Walter Isaacson writes in his biography of the artist, “It’s especially puzzling because da Vinci was famously fastidious about the reflection and refraction of light in his work. At the time he made “Salvator Mundi,” he was “deep into his optics studies” and filled his notebooks with diagrams of light bouncing at different angles.”

Isaacson writes, “Solid glass or crystal, whether shaped like an orb or a lens, produces magnified, inverted, and reversed images, instead, Leonardo painted the orb as if it were a hollow glass bubble that does not refract or distort the light passing through it.”

Isaacson himself believes it was an intentional decision to paint it that way and does not believe the Salvatore Mundi is a fake.

While the painting was widely confirmed as a da Vinci in 2011, some scholars have suggested that “Salvator Mundi” was a product of da Vinci’s workshop, or was made by another follower without the master’s talent.

The debate is still raging as to its authenticity. If you want to find out more about Leonardo, there is a newly released book about him if you are interested. See below for a link to the book. There is also a movie coming soon with Leonardo DiCaprio playing Leonardo da Vinci.

 

 

Student Exhibition A Great Success

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Outside The Studio

 

The Student Exhibition – So here we are, the scene is set, and Gilta is putting the finishing touches on the wine and bikkies table. As you can see from the photo it was a beautiful day.

Many thanks to all the helpers on the opening day, which allowed the event run smoothly.

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Studio 1 Paintings

It was amazing to see all the works hanging on the wall from all the different classes. The students got a real buzz seeing their work up, there as well as having a chance to meet students from other classes.

 

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More Paintings in Studio 1

 

There was such a variety of work ranging from, abstract to quite detailed realism, impressionistic works and of course drawings and watercolours.

 

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Studio one – The Green Corner

 

As you can imagine it took quite a while to curate and hang this exhibition. I’d like to say thank you to the bumping in crew, Gilta, Rick, Yuley and John, and a special thanks to John, my partner, who put up all the railing in the studio. great job people!

 

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The Bumping In Crew

 

Also thanks to those who helped bump out on Sunday – which took way less time than the bumping in. I’m not sure how many of you there were as it was quite chaotic at the time, however, just know that if you helped, I’m very grateful. 

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Wine and Nibblies

And look at the lovely spread – more thank yous to everyone who brought something along! – It was quite a feast.

 

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My Awesomeness Moment

 

And of course, here is me being awesomely overwhelmed, when Gilta presented me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a bag of goodies, from the students.  Thank you so much Gilta for that wonderful surprise. And thanks to Stephanie for being the photographer of the day …………

Last but not least, we were very excited to sell four of the student’s works. That was a real buzz for them, especially as they were bought by strangers.  Congratulations to everyone who took a big step forward and allowed me to hang their work, and a really big congratulations to those of you who sold work. 

There will be more photos in the next issue of The Art Life.  If you don’t already receive the bi-monthly magazine, here is a link to take a look at this months issue. The ArtLife

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