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

Well almost – it is September in a few days.  The Jasmine is flowering outside my window and filling my office with it’s heavenly perfume.  The Magnolia trees are covered in their giant maroon and white flowers and today I saw some peach trees draped in hundreds of fragile pink blossoms.

Spring always brings that delightful quickening of fresh new energy.  It is a great time for beginning new projects and casting aside the detritus of Winter.

In honour of Spring, I would like to share a video made by a good friend – Prue Kelsey.  It’s beautiful, a lovely tribute to Spring I feel.

spring from Prue Tee on Vimeo.

What will you do to celebrate Spring? What project can you bring the fresh Spring Creative energy to?

Always settle for more

An idea that’s so simple yet probably counter intuitive for many of us. These are the words of an abundance mindset.

We have been taught the values of – always put others first, and dined at the table of self sacrifice as being the highest ideal to reach for. An ironical thought springs to mind “Do unto others as we would do unto ourselves”.  Why ironical – you say? Well, if you think about it yes we do always strive to treat others well, but take a look at how we treat ourselves.  Is this how we would want to be treated?

  • Who is your harshest critic?
  • Who puts you down the most?
  • Who generally never has an encouraging word for you?
  • How many times a day, week, year, are you telling yourself off for doing ‘stupid’ things?

I could go on – the list is kind of endless. I would suggest that the answer to all those questions is probably the same person, someone who you are very well acquainted with.

When was the last time you completed a project, a painting, baked a cake etc. and thought to yourself – “Wow – that was great, what a fantastic effort”.  Not only that even if you did that, was there a little PS riding on the end of the statement that went something like – [Yeah but you could have done better, so and so – look at their one – why can’t I do one like that! etc.] And next thing you know it any self acknowledgement has gone out the window and down the drain.

If you have young children, or grand children – listen to how you encourage and praise them.  We are constantly telling them how wonderful they are – are their efforts star quality? Probably not.  Does that matter – not at all. So why do we bother? We love to give praise  to others because it makes us feel good to see them glow, to know we are helping them to grow. So my question is Why – Why can’t we do this for ourselves?

Why do we baulk at settling for more for ourselves, do you think?

It comes from a poverty mindset, the belief that there is not enough abundance to go around and therefore I must settle for less.  I don’t deserve more.  If I take, not even more, but just my share then I am depriving someone else. However if we look at the world, the universe, it is filled with abundance.  Look at Mother Nature, she is overflowing with abundance.

Abundant Mother Nature

Abundant Mother Nature

So in your abundance mindset, with gratitude in your heart, – ask your self  this question….

What is the one thing I can do today to ‘Settle For More’ ?

And then think about how that will enhance your life and the life of those around you.

There are many ways to be inspired and I have covered several of them in our converstions here.  One easy way to get yourself back into the inspiration zone is to visit one of your favourite places.

  • What is the place that really speaks to you?
  • Where in the world makes your heart sing?
  • Is there more than one place?

So why does this help? Simply because when you go to those places you connect to something deep withing your self .  Its like a home coming and often you are impelled from within to respond creatively. Here are two of my favourite places….

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

And another also filled with light and water…..

Venetian Canal : Photo - Kadira Jennings

Venetian Canal

There is something about both of these places that I am drawn to again and again.   I have only been to Venice once but all I have to do is get out my photos and I feel inspired all over again.

  • What is your special place and how can it inspire you to create something today?

This past week I have been involved in a virtual creativity workshop with Angi Sullins.  I would like to share with you a great exercise she had us doing this week, which is all about allowing yourself to do things. To remind us to allow ourselves to be less ‘responsible’ and more impulsive and heart oriented in our activities, Angi had us all make a permission flag. Here is mine….

Permission Flag created by Kadira Jennings

Permission Flag

We have become such slaves to leading ordered lives, fitting into our self assigned roles that have later in life become outworn garments of an inner life long discarded.

  • When was the last time you allowed yourself to do something delightful just because you felt like doing it?
  • When was the last time you did something without considering what everyone else wanted to do first?
  • When was the last time you skipped somewhere? Yes I did say skipped. Did you know that if you can get over yourself enough to forget about being silly, that skipping is an expression of joy? Did you know that it’s very hard – if not impossible  to skip and stay grumpy, or sad or depressed?
  • When was the last time you created something just for the sheer joy of doing it – rather than because of one of those ‘have to ‘reasons?

So what do you do with your Permission Flag?

  • The idea is to put them around your house, in your car, outside the front door – any place where you want to remind yourself that it is OK to do something special for NO REASON.  We don’t have to have a reason to be happy.
  • We don’t have to have a reason to explore the world we live in more fully. Are there streets in your neighbourhood that you have never been down? Perhaps you might take some time out this week to go and visit some of them – just to see what’s there?

It is these actions that fill our creativity cups.  You can’t create in a vacuum – go and fill up your cups.  Give yourself permission to do so. I have two challenges for you today –

  1. Go skipping this week. How does it feel?  What did you realize ?
  2. Make your own permission flag – have fun doing it and put things on it that represent fun for you. And give yourself permission to have some fun this week

I would love to know how you go – Please feel inspired to come and share your experiences here. The comments button is in the top right hand corner of the post as always. I am going to give myself permission to only do one blog post a week for the month of August as I have a very busy month coming up, preparing for the colour workshop I’m giving at the end of August.  So for the next few weeks beginning this week, I will only be posting on Mondays – Down Under or Sundays Up Over!! depending on which part of the world you live in! Wow the liberation I feel in saying that is TREMENDOUS. I can actually have an early night tonight now ….. Woohooo!!!

July turned out to be a month of digital art work for me. I am working on a workbook at the moment for our InnerPrints book.  Like any other creative work, digital art is also very time consuming.  I am loving it however as it allows me the opportunity to really explore the realm of layering, a theme that has been prevalent in my work for many years now. Below is an example of one of my very early layered landscape works.

Waterloo Bay

Waterloo Bay : Kadira Jennings

Here is one of my latest multi layered, digital artworks -an image incorporating The Buddha and visual symbolism and references to time, place

World Within Digital image of Buddha: Kadira Jennings 2011

World Within

beauty, creativity and eternity.

Last week I was discussing the artistic device of contrast in relation to not only art but Life in general.

Contained within contrast is the idea of balance or harmony, the harmonious interaction of sometimes opposing forces, flavours, or things in contrast. Harmony/balance may be achieved in any number of ways, although in art the most balanced visual arrangement of pieces is not necessarily one where the pieces are equally balanced.  Balance more particularly often brings to mind the figure of justice holding her equally balanced scales.

Justice With Sword And Scales

Justice With Sword And Scales

In art however harmony is often achieved by a counterbalance of something small in a larger opposing area, perhaps a complimentary colour or shape. how do you bring harmony into your Life, your Art.

Blue trees

Blue trees counterbalanced with orange light

We can apply these principles to our lives as well. Often we think we are required to do something big to get noticed.  But is that true?  What are we all seeking…… connection, recognition, love, joy, happiness?  What are the things that truly delight us? Often it is something small – that touch of red in a green painting  – a bunch of flowers given unexpectedly, a hand written card posted in the mail for no special reason.

Bunches of Flowers

When was the last time you created delight in your life with a small act of harmony?

Pix Credits: Justice, Flower Bunches

Blue Trees: Painting , Kadira Jennings

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