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

DL Invite print

Student Exhibition Opens Tomorrow Come On In To The Opening at 2.3o pm

 

There is much excitement floating around the studio this week as we prepare for the student exhibition.  This is the first time many of them have had their works hung and that can be a bit of a scary experience.  The thing about being an artist is that you want people to see and acknowledge your work, however, at the same time you don’t want to put yourself out there.  Creating art is a very personal journey and every painting we do we share a little more of who we are and what is meaningful to us. Here are a few snippets from the week’s journey to get the studio prepared.  I want to give a big shout out to my partner John who is the ever patient, executor of my many small jobs that needed to be finished off.

Student Exhibition,Chai is on window cleaning duties, sparkling up the door

Chay is on window cleaning duties, sparkling up the door. Thanks, Chay!

 

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John Is doing fiddly bits with the tracking for the paintings. Thanks, John!

This wonderful guy went to Bunnings and bought some really cheap aluminium channelling stuff, and then made up some little bits to slot inside it, and then put it up in the studio for me, and hey presto, great studio tracking at a fraction of the cost you pay for the ready-made stuff. So if you’re ever wanting to put tracking in your studio this is a really inexpensive way to do it!

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Ironing The bookcase coverings

 

Do you ever have things that you hang on to for what seems like forever? You know, you can’t just bring yourself to throw them away or get rid of them. Well, I finally found a use for some pieces of fabric I have been holding onto for over 10 years now. I needed something to cover up the bookcases in the studio, so I could hang some extra paintings for the student exhibition. So I thought I’d dig into an old chest I have before I went out and bought something from Spotlight. And, lo and behold, I found this piece of printed silk Velvet that I made years ago, plus some unprinted velvet and an old satin sheet. Perfect!

Sculpture By The Sea

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Are We There Yet? Jane Gillings

 

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Us – Going Home

 

Sculpture by the Sea – my trip to view the Sculptures at Bondi began last Friday evening. We went to see Cirque du Soleil in Sydney. Now that is one amazing show – Toruk! We stayed in Sydney overnight and went out to Bondi for breakfast the next morning. After breakfast, we wandered down to the end of Bondi Beach and began to walk around the cliffs to Tamarama. There were some really amazing sculptures. If you can possibly get there it’s well worth it. It’s on till the 5th Nov, so you still have time to see it if you hurry.

I would like to share some of the highlights with you now….

Sculpture by the sea,Under One Sky - Stephen Marr

Under One Sky – Stephen Marr

 

Sculpture_by_the_sea,High Tide -Tsukasa Nakahara

High Tide -Tsukasa Nakahara

 

Sculpture by the sea,Phantom Vessel - Virginia King

Phantom Vessel – Virginia King

 

sculpture by the seaLeaden Hearts - Denise Pepper

Leaden Hearts – Denise Pepper – This was one of my favourites!

 

sculpture by the sea,Tenants - Barbara Licha

Tenants – Barbara Licha

Taking Imagination Seriously

Taking Imagination Seriously is a topic, brought to life in a very real way in this weeks post. Today I want to share with you a wonderful video by Janet Echelman, who creates incredible sculptures, massive in scale, and her story of how she came to this art form.

There’s a wonderful story which arose from an incident that could have been a catastrophe for her and yet she turned into it something ultimately amazing. Watch the video to see how this unfolded for her.

 

It was only through the use of the imagination that she managed to turn a problematic event into a whole new direction for her art. As she says in the video, what enabled this to happen was her being able to see something that she had seen many times before, from a completely new perspective. Being able to look at fishing nets in a whole new way she began an exploration into what I would essentially call, wind sculptures.

One of the things she shared on the video that I found amazing to visualize, was that image of a whole building full of office people coming out of their workspace and lying on the ground in their suits underneath this massive sculpture to experience something so far outside their normal daily lives. What a wonderful thing to be able to have such a massive impact on others with your vision and creative structures.

 

Here are some more images of her work..

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These two images are different views of the same work titled – Dreamcatcher.

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SKIES PAINTED WITH UNNUMBERED SPARKS, VANCOUVER, CANADA, 2014……..

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And at night it looks like this….

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I think one would have to say that Janet is certainly one who is taking imagination seriously, to a whole new level in fact. I’m staggered by the scale of these monumental works and their ephemeral beauty.

 

Whats Going On At The Studio?

DL Invite print

Well, there’s been a lot going on at the studio in the last month or so. Much preparation for the student exhibition – details in the flyer above.

I have spent time clearing out my second studio and getting it ready for the Student Exhibition, Spring Fever, which is happening on the weekend of November 11th and 12th. This proved to be rather a large task because before I could empty the studio out, I had to empty out and rearrange the storeroom, where all the paintings were going to go. I should have taken a before and after photo but of course, I forgot. Well, I do have an afterwards photo and it will have to do.

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The Store Room

It is amazing how much you can fit into a small space when you organise it properly.  I had to take everything out to make room for the new things going in there.

Empty Studio

Empty Studio

 

Then it was a case of taking the table away, and all the paintings I’d stored under it and putting them in the storeroom too. All the old paintings had to come off the wall, during the course of which, I managed to put my back out too! Not fun.

Next came all the rearranging of the storage space as the new stuff went into it. Meanwhile, John was busy in the front studio, putting up new tracking for the paintings.

New Tracking

New Tracking

 

The last task was to rearrange the rest of the studio furniture and clear the last of the clutter out of there.

Rearranging Studio Furniture

Rearranging Studio Furniture

As well as preparing for the exhibition, I have been working on a new painting, which you can see on the easel above. Then, of course, there are the weekly art classes, daily social media posts, and the bi-monthly magazine to work on. Have you seen my magazine?  I began it this year – here is a link to the previous issue.  If you like it. sign up and it will be delivered to your inbox every second month.

Vol 1 Issue 5 September October 2017

 

And all of this is part of what makes an artist tick. It’s part of the artlife journey.

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Degas, Two Dancers

So You Want To Be An Art Collector – How Do I Do That?

Be an art collector – follow your dream. Have you always wanted to collect art? If you are just beginning to be an art collector, then the best thing to do is start with an open mind. You need to develop your aesthetic sensibilities, learn how to read a work of art and be curious. Take some time to initially decide what area of art interests you, then search out the places where you might find that. Visit galleries and ask questions about the art and artists that have been showing there. If you come across an artist that appeals to you, check out more of their work.

 

You need to understand the difference between buying art and collecting it. On the surface, it might seem to be the same thing. However what often happens when you are an art buyer is that you tend to collect random works that you like and your collection doesn’t necessarily have a cohesion to it. Collecting art, on the other hand, is more of a considered and controlled activity. People have all different kinds of collections, everything from dolls to stamps, butterflies and plants. The one thing that these collections all have in common is that the collector is passionate about the subject and will often limit their selection to a particular branch of it, for example, a stamp collector might collect only 20th-century first day covers. Collectors also, usually self-educate and become quite knowledgeable about their chosen collectables. We find the same principles apply when collecting art.

Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup

Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup

For instance, if you wished to collect 60s pop art, then you would need to learn who the most famous artists of the period were.  How many works they produced, were they prolific artists, and are there still many paintings available to be bought. These and other questions like them, will help you understand the popularity of the artists.

 

Another way you might develop your collection if you want to be an art collector is by collecting landscapes of a particular period, or art movement.  As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Many collectors go to exhibitions which include emerging artists and begin following ones they like.  The might then buy a couple of smaller early works, to test the waters and follow the artist’s progress. As the artist gains in popularity, they will perhaps invest in the purchase of a major work, and then search around for artists who paint in a similar genre.  In this way, they can add to and develop their collection, so it maintains continuity.

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Photo by Prof. Mortel

Who Is At The Cutting Edge of the Creative Arts Today?

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Creative arts are many and varied. However, I believe that one of the top contenders for being at the forefront of the creative arts today is the Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du Soleil has a new show coming to Sydney in late October, the 19th to the 29th. I have been to several of their Productions now and if you want to be truly delighted and amazed their shows are always at the leading edge of creativity. They use such a variety of creative skills in their Productions, and the artists and artisans behind the scenes seem to be capable of producing endlessly new visual Delights. The sheer scale of the creations is mind-blowing.

Cirque du Soleil is home to an amazing bunch of creative people. I have been to several of their productions now, and if you want to be truly delighted and amazed, their shows are at the leading edge of creative innovation today. They use such a broad range of creative skills in their productions, and the artists and artisans behind the scenes seem to be capable of producing endlessly new visual delights.
If you enjoyed the movie Avatar, you would be sure to enjoy their latest offering, Toruk The First Flight. As always their costuming and sets are stunning and the skill level of their performances breathtaking.

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Toruk is on in Sydney at Qudos Bank Arena from Oct 19-29, 2017. 

This performance has challenged the actors to create new ways of doing things to be able to portray the 20% lower gravity found on Pandora. The lower gravity directly affects the Na’vis’ movements, making climbing up trees easier. The team found that by using a system of pulleys and placing a mattress in an upright position, the artists could learn to move like the Na’vi.

 

And of course, you remember The Tree Of Souls. Well here is the Cirque’s version….

 

I am waiting with great anticipation to see this new offering from The Cirque. Don’t miss it!!

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