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

Exhibition is Unhung and Intriguing Evolutions for 2017
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What goes Up Must Come Down!

 

Unhung it is!  The exhibition has ended and I hope you managed to drop by and see it. You might think that taking down an exhibition would be quick and easy. Well, not so easy I would have to say.  I thought it was only going to take me half an hour or so.  Nope. It turned into two hours, by the time I took all the labels off the wall,

 

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took the paintings down and then wrapped them all up and put them in the car. And don’t the walls look bare…..

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Intriguing Evolutions for 2017

So a New Year has arrived, and as always – new beginnings. One big change I have coming soon is to my newsletters.  I am going to combine them into a magazine format that you can read on-line. I am excited about this change, as it will allow me to have more pages and an updated look.  There will be regular features popping up each month as well as different features, such as exhibition reviews and interviews with different creative people. 

So if you are expecting your regular newsletter in the next week or so, I’m sorry to say it wont be arriving.  However there is something bigger and better to look forward to.

 

This Weeks Question: What evolution are you unfolding in the coming year, either in your personal life, or your business?

Look For Next Week’s Post: What is the secret to Intuitive Marketing?

Sparkling New Year

A Sparkling New Year Has Arrived!

Of course, we all wonder what a Sparkling New Year might hold and breathe a sigh of relief that the previous one is finally done.  Things will get better we cheerfully tell ourselves.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favour of optimism.  However optimism on its own rarely achieves anything.

Looking back at 2016, we are not left with a very pretty sight. The world was beset by so many senseless acts of terrorism, bloody debilitating wars, and poverty and slavery on a global scale.  Then of course we had the ongoing battle with giant corporations backed by greedy men doing incredibly damaging things to the health of our planet, like fracking, chopping down huge areas of trees and manufacturing pesticides highly toxic to bees.  On top of this our world financial system is on the verge of collapse and it seems that no one really knows quite what to do about that.

However is this necessarily a bad thing – the fact that it’s collapsing? Sometimes we need to experience radical change in our lives in order to move onto something better. If we are too afraid to make the changes ourselves then we often find that some outside event will force our hand, which can be even more traumatic. Therefore we need to look at what changes we can make, before other things force us to do so.

We are global citizens now and can no longer really hide from that fact.  As artists and creators it is my belief that we have  a twofold, sacred,  responsibility; to mirror back to others the world we live in, or some aspect of it and to offer an alternative vision of hope and beauty.  Artists have long been on the cutting edge of protests against tyranny and the erosion of freedom. And of course the curbing of free speech and  the creative arts is one of the first things oppressive systems try to shut down, be they political, religious or philosophical movements. Why else do you think there were moves afoot this last year by governments and large corporations,  to try to curb the internet – control what we can say and do on it.

“I was very impressed by Avaaz’s massive 2.8-million person petition. Citizens’ concerns have been taken seriously by the European Parliament.”

Now of course many of you may be thinking, what can I do?  I am just one small voice. Well here is something we can all do.  Have you heard of a movement called AVAAZ?  It currently has 43,381,600 members and is growing daily.  It is supported solely by individual donations. Corporations are not allowed to join.  It makes your voice heard – so why don’t you join them this year. This is how you and I can help to keep the world safe, to safeguard free speech, end human trafficking, drug trafficking, fight big pharma, protect our climate and so much more.

So my challenge to you at the beginning of this Sparkling New Year, is – what are you going to do, not just for yourself, but for this beautiful planet we live on? How will you contribute to the wellbeing of humanity and the global community? How can your art practice support change and freedom in the world?

Today’s Other Question: What are you focusing on that will become your reality in 2017?

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

and wishing you

AN ABUNDANT AND JOY FILLED 2017.

See you in the New Year!!

Best Wishes From

KADIRA

What’s next? Now all the Excitement’s Over….

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 Well that’s a very good question.  What is next? About now most people are running around madly trying to get Christmas shopping done, and wondering how they are going to fit in all the work functions, relations visiting, Christmas cooking and mow the lawns.  On top of all that, if you run a business, there is all the business stuff to do before Christmas and then thinking about next year, which is nearly  upon us.

I belong to a master mind group of artists and we have decided to get together between Christmas and New Year and do some vision boards together so we can really get a handle on what’s next for the coming year.  This is not a new idea, but is something that can help focus you  on what you really want, throughout your day.

Is there a secret to creating a vision board that works? In a word YES: Your vision board needs to focus on how you want to feel.  It ought not to focus on just the stuff you want like new cars and houses etc. it’s great to include the material stuff, however where many people go wrong is that those are the things they focus on, the actual things themselves.The most important  thing about manifesting is often not taught to people.  And to repeat it again…. It is all about how you feel. 

Part of that is connected to how in alignment you are with the thing you are wanting.  For example, lets say, that I’m wanting to go on a trip to France.  However, I might be scared of flying or get very nervous about being in a place where I don’t speak the language.  I might have ten different fears around travelling.  Now I can have that picture of France on my vision board, and the plane to get there and the place I’m wanting to stay, however it won’t manifest because my fear will be constantly pushing it away. You would need to focus very strongly on the wonderful feeling you would have standing gazing at the Eiffel Tower – or what ever floats your boat.

Eiffel tower photo

If you want to read a bit more about vision boards check out this article in The Huffington Post

Pix Credits : Eiffel Tower: Pexels

                       Christmas tree : Geralt

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The Opening

 

A Fantastic Exhibition Opening

Well the day finally arrived! So much work, and then the party! No wonder we artists need a party to celebrate the hanging of an exhibition. After weeks of isolation as we diligently paint away and push nosy people out the studio door – especially spouses and children. I call them the Time Vampires. Its amazing how many people want to come and chat while you’re trying to paint. If you’re feeling nice you might mumble a reply, grunt or nod your head at the appropriate places. However if the painting is misbehaving, you will probably yell at them to get-out and give you some space, and they will slink off with hurt feelings. Sigh!

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The Gallery

The show was opened by celebrated Newcastle Artist, John Morris who has many gongs to his name, including winner of the Gosford, Norville and Maitland Art Prizes.  He has also been a selected finalist in many other competitions. John spoke about … The processes and development of an artists vision.  He stated that the artist always puts a part of themselves out there on show  and that there is no way they can avoid doing so. Before he spoke, I introduced refugee worker Pari, to speak a little on the refugee situation here on the Central Coast and the work they do.

There was a great turn out. – Thank you all for coming and making it a great success. 

A special thanks go to Ava and Prue  who both bought art works…. and several people purchased prints and cards of the works.

I am thrilled with the way the exhibition looks.  The interesting thing is that once all the works are in place the exhibition seems to take on an energy of its own. It is not just a collection of single works, the theme pulls them together and a bit like a symphony orchestra it creates something greater than itself.

I would like to thank everyone who helped me make this event possible, Simone Dennis – the gallery owner, John Morris, Pari  and Chay my daughter for her help with doing all the fiddly things like putting strings on the backs of paintings and painting around the sides of all the works, Esther, Hannah and Prue for taking photos, my partner John for helping with transport and putting the triptych together and everyone who turned up to support me.  I really appreciate each and everyone of you – Thank you.

Success! The Exhibition is Up and Looks Fantastic

Exhibition fever! Wow what a week – which of course is why my post is running late. So here is a peek behind the scenes in pictures of whats been happening this week….

 

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Packing the Paintings for Delivery

 

That’s the first step – then of course packing them into the car.  We had to take both John’s and my car as I’ve only got a fairly small Hyundai Accent.  Mind you though I’m quite amazed at what I can actually fit in the back of that car when the seat is down!

Once we arrived at the gallery there was the  taking down of the previous show as a first item to do.

 

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Simone takes down the previous show – an exhibition of her beautiful photographs

 

The next step was to place the paintings all around the walls, in some sort of vague order of where they might go. This then required much walking around and around the room, swapping paintings to get them to all talk nicely to each other.  It’s very important that they all feel good together and look like a cohesive unit.

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Early placement of the paintings

 

The next task was tricky and time-consuming. It involved blue tack, and a tape measure. Each work had to be measured to find the middle and the and then the desired eye level height on the wall also had to be measured . You can see my little bits of blue tack here waiting to be evened up.

 

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Getting the height just right

 

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Simone up the ladder doing a balancing act to move the hanging wires.

 

It was really tricky getting this baby up onto the wall.  Defnitely not a one woman job!

 

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It all comes together

 

Bit of a cheesy grin – Sorry – Simone took forever to press the shutter ! You Know how it is!!

 

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The wall of Prints

 

And when is the opening – Just to remind you in case you missed the details before ….

WHEN: Exhibition runs from 1-31 December 2016

THE OFFICIAL OPENING: 11th December 2pm – Being opened by noted Newcastle Artist John Morris, winner of the Gosford Art Prize and many other awards 

THE VENUE: Ruby Samadhi Gallery, 6,11-13 Cochrone Street, Kincumber, NSW

Kincumber, Central Coast NSW

 

RSVP: Kadira 04144 38121 if you would like to attend the opening.

I look forward to seeing you there.

This Weeks Question: Are you coming to the opening?

Look For Next Week’s Post: Update on the opening

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