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.''
Fantastic News This Week – Award Winning Painting Dauntless Resilience, makes a splash at the online gallery Light, Space, Time’s annual Landscape competition. It received a Special Merit award. The work was chosen from 658 entries which were submitted from 19 different countries around the world.
This came as a highlight in a very busy week, the least of which was hanging the exhibition which opened on Saturday at The Art Studios Gallery – 391 Mann St, North Gosford. The exhibition runs until 4pm on Sunday 14th May.
Cracking the creativity code. One of the biggest problems we face as creativesare finding the time to actually do it! We have great intentions, however, there is usually a host of reasons, that all lineup and look like a giant army of reasons as to why we don’t have that time.These include things like:
A bad mental space
Lack of physical space
Unwieldy or unhelpful creative habits
And a whole bunch of other things
I would like to share with you this week, a book I came across recently called, Creative Time And Space – Making room for making art by Rice Freeman-Zachery
This is a fantastic little book with contributions from 14 different creatives and their perspective on how to manage your creativity – specifically how to find the time and space for it.
Here are some examples of the wisdom found within.
Carter has a great idea – something that might not readily spring to mind. He puts forward the idea of buying meal helpers, such as – pre-cooked lentils and already cooked beets. This cuts down meal preparation time and earns you some precious minutes.
But it’s not all about the list above either. Just as important is filling up your creative well. Going to plays, art retreats, films, and other creative events, is like a breath of fresh air and is all about cracking the creativity code.
Another idea I like suggests a tweak to your meditation practice – if you have one, (and beginning one if you don’t). The suggestion is to set up a low table in front of your meditation area with objects that represent your creative work. Eg. if you are an artist, you might put some paintbrushes in a favourite container, something you’ve created, a small painting or drawing, and some treasures that you have lying around in your studio. Choose things that please you and are associated with your creative energy.
Put lighted candles on the table and take a few moments before you begin meditating, to look at your arrangement of art and light and ask for its energy to infuse your practice.
This Weeks Question: What is one thing you can put into place that will give you more time to create this week?
Look For Next Week’s Post: A video and look at a recent painting
There have been a few paintings coming off the easel this month, as I geared up for the May Exhibition which is only a week away.
So here is an invite to the exhibition. As you can see the opening is on Sat 6th May from 2-4 pm. We would love to see you there. There will be quite a variety of different styles on display.
‘Nature’s Expression’ is a collaborative exhibition from the artists of the Central Coast artists mastermind group. This group has over 150 years of combined professional practice! The group comprises four visual artists from diverse backgrounds, practices, and media. Meeting every three weeks, the group collaborate, challenge, brainstorm and support each other’s creative practices and direction using the Mastermind concept originally established by Napoleon Hill 1920’s. Commitment and accountability act as catalysts to encourage each member to work through challenges and overcome blocks to achieve their creative and professional goals. But more than this, the power of the mastermind is the power of the group dynamic toward personal creative growth. It’s about ‘plugging into’ a group energy which allows for exciting new insights, ideas and creative work to emerge. Using a combination of contemporary and traditional art practices, the group expresses their shared passion for the natural world via the media of photography, digital art, mixed media, oils, acrylics, inks, and printmaking. ‘Nature’s Expression’ is a lush collaborative interpretation and response to the elements of nature that surround us and to our relationship with the natural world. It is also the unfolding of what compels each of us individually, as women and as artists, to express our experience of the natural world. An emphasis will be the close connection each of the group has with landscape, land, light, water and memory. The artists are: Kadira Jennings Julie McDonald Kate Landsberry Lisa McArthur-Edwards
The minimalist mindset trap?? What the heck is that you might be thinking. Well, this week’s post takes a look at the creative mindset and the different traps we can fall into as creatives.
Let’s begin with the minimalist mindset trap. This is a mode of thinking where you have pared down so much in your life and your work that you have little room left to move. Now, what does that look like in your daily life?
There are different ways this shows up – here are two of the main ones.
There is not enough – is the main catch cry of this particular aspect of the minimalist mindset. This can encompass a whole range of things such as there’s not enough – time, money, support, materials, space, light, inspiration and on and on. There not being enough of something is the perfect excuse to either not do something or fail at it.
The blame game. This goes hand in hand with the not enough syndrome and falls into one of three categories – you either blame yourself, others or circumstances. Of these three the last two are the perfect way to self-sabotage. Why? Because if the blame lands on someone else or outside circumstances, you have no control over it and therefore can’t fix it. If it falls on yourself, you can either let it cripple you or you can say, ‘ there is no blame, only consequences.’ Realizing this you can move on to looking at those consequences and seeing how a different set of actions might lead to a different outcome. Blaming anyone or thing or yourself for a particular outcome is truly a waste of energy. Rather, expand your mindset, allow the ‘failure’ to drive you on to better efforts.
So what do these two ways of thinking have in common? They keep us from our creative birthright. They stop creativity in its tracks. They pare you down, limit your choices and narrow your possibilities and once you are in that minimalist mindset, it is so easy to give up.
How do I know this? Well, you guessed it, I’m very familiar with this beast. We’ve been on intimate terms for a lot of my life. Only, now I recognize when it is creeping up on me and take steps to nip it in the bud before it gets a chance to spread its poisonous pollen all over me.
This Weeks Question: Can you see a minimalist mindset working against you in your creative life?
Look For Next Week’s Post: Ramping up to the may exhibition
Traps and Tricks In Seeking Gallery Representation
Gallery representation is no longer the be all and end all for artists.These days we have so many different choices available to us when marketing our art. Even 10 years ago we did not have much choice. Traditionally the artist has to rely on the art gallery, or even further back in time the salon.
Of course there are still bricks-and-mortar galleries, but an artist no longer need rely on this one outlet for people to see their art. Let’s make a list of places where your art can be seen, or sold from. This is by no means a closed list. In no particular order, these are some of the better known places you might display your work.
Bricks and mortar Galleries
Your own website/gallery
There are so many different options now available, that it can often be difficult to decide which road to take. Of course they all have different advantages or disadvantages associated with them.
Out of all these choices, however there is one that stands out as absolutely essential for the modern artist and that is number nine on the list. You must have your own website. This is not really a choice in today’s world. The first thing people who are interested in your work will do is google you. If you don’t have your own piece of internet real estate, you will not generally be perceived as being professional and serious about your work.
So even if you haven’t been painting long, this is something you can begin working on. Now you may ask, why can’t I just put my work on Facebook or some other online gallery? Well you can certainly do that, however the risk with only relying on a space that someone else owns, is that if they decide to close that space, there goes your representation. I have exhibited in several galleries that no longer exist, one of which ran for over 20 years. There is more and more art being bought on-line these days, it is convenient and easy for buyers to research the artists they are interested in.
Also a space you control, can be set up to however you like. You determine what happens in that space.
This Weeks Question: What are your top three choices for showing your art?
Look For Next Week’s Post: Mindset – How To Avoid The Minimalist Mindset Trap
Beginning A New Painting – A review of this month’ s work in the studio
Well what is exciting about beginning a new painting? I think that perhaps the most exciting thing about it is the potential. A famous Artist once said that the greatest painting you will ever do is your next one. So that’s pretty exciting really, because it means whenever you start a new painting you have the possibility of it being better than the last one. Not only that it might be best one that you will ever do.
Detail of Matheson Bay painting
So I’ve had a few exciting moments over the last month or so, with four new opportunities for beginning a new painting. Of these, three are now completed works and another one is on the way. The subject matter is one of my favourite subjects to paint – New Zealand. I haven’t done any landscapes for a while, so it makes a nice change to do something like these works.
The inspiration for some of the paintings comes from my trip to New Zealand around this time last year. Also a friend kindly allowed me to use one of her photos as source material. Although I have painted many landscapes I haven’t actually painted very many Seascapes. So it’s been an interesting exercise to work on these paintings which so far all contain a lot of water. The painting above is the last one that I completed and probably my favourite so far. What inspired me to have a go at this one was the amazing colours in the water and sky. I have to say that trying to mix the colour for the water was pretty tricky. I think I had about 20 different shades of blue and green on my palette at one point.
I’ve never been much of a one for painting sunsets or sunrises, as I think they often tend to look very Chocolate Boxy, and kind of fake. This little scene however, has something very special about it. The delicate shade of pink in the sky, with the amazing shades of aqua water below create a scene of great serenity.
The other works I’ve completed are of the inlet near Colville on the Coromandel peninsula. The fascination for these two works was the misty hills and the beautiful reflections in the water.
Snippet of Colville II
The works are almost monochromatic. There is colour in them, but very subtle. When the mist is heavy on the hills much of the colour leaches out of the subject, as there is no strong sunlight to bring it out. However I think there is always great beauty in these landscapes. They are serene, gentle and quite meditative.
Snippet of Colville I
If you would like to see the whole paintings, pop on over to my website for a better look at them. Or you can come to the group exhibition Nature’s Expression, in May for an even closer look. I will be posting details – next month.
This Weeks Question: What is your favourite thing about beginning a new painting, or other creative work?
Look For Next Week’s Post: To be or not to be? The age-old question about gallery relationships and whether to choose representation or not.
CREDITS: I would like to acknowledge Kai Engel for the music in my video – thanks Kai.