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

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

Continuing on with Monday’s thoughts, I’d like to share some observations on the similarities between life and design concepts.

One particular aspect of this is the creative element of contrast.  Our world is filled with contrast – light-dark, soft-hard, rough-smooth, sweet-sour, etc. as through the senses, life vibrates inwards. Life without contrast can be bland, tepid, boring, flat.

Flat Tyre

Life Can Be Flat

Of course too much contrast can leave us feeling quite the opposite.

Roller Coaster

Too Much Contrast

Therefore we need that other design element to counteract either ends of this scale and that is balance or harmony.

In Art, as in Life, we create harmony often through a counter-weighted balance of opposites.  Hence the term – ‘add a little spice to your life’.

In green paintings, a tiny splash or two of red (the complimentary or opposite colour to green) creates interest and life that would otherwise be lacking.

  • Where do you need more or less ‘spice in your life or art work?’
  • How might you use contrast to achieve this?

Pix Credits – The Morgue File – Life Can Be Flat, Too Much Contrast

I have come to the conclusion that Life and Art are so closely intertwined as to be inseparable.

Intertwined ropes

Intertwined Ropes

The more I teach art and participate in the development of my own creativity, the deeper my understanding of this becomes.

Although many people don’t realize it, participating in any form of creativity whatsoever – is ALWAYS an act of self development.  Perhaps this is why we find so many people refusing to acknowledge their creative potential and denying themselves through that oft repeated phrase;

“But I have no talent!” I refuse to accept this and challenge everyone to examine that statement by asking the question – “Is that true?”

We all have talents of some kind which are often dismissed.  The ability to draw a smile to someones lips or make people laugh are talents.

What is your greatest talent?

Pix Credit: The Morgue File

Today I went for a walk and brought back some beautiful images to share with you of the Australian winter. I guess we can’t complain really….

Blue sky tree

Blue Sky Tree

I saw these two bare banched trees which looked absloutely stunning against the deep blue sky.

Bare Branched Tree

Blue Sky Tree II

And then – one of my favourite trees – the Magnolia – this one is absloutely stunning!

Magnolia in Flower

Magnolia in Flower

Changing your point of view is one of the most powerful tools around and can be applied to a vast array of circumstances, issues etc. in a variety of different ways.  The one I want to look at today I call Topsy Turvy. I am going to relate it to painting, however it does have other applications which I will discuss later in the post.

Tip 2 Continued: Points of View

  • Topsy Turvy : This is a great technique if you are feeling stuck and don’t know what to do next. Again like so many creativity techniques, only a simple action is needed.
  • Begin by turning the work upside down. See my previous post ‘Heart Intelligence and Art’ This once again makes us look at it in a completely different way.  Everything has changed.
  • Listen to your first inner impressions as you do this.  What is your voice noticing?
  • These are important insights.
  • If you reverse the painting and nothing is immediately noticeable, then turn it around again and keep working with this technique until you have viewed it from all sides.
  • This technique is very useful when working with abstract images as it often helps to uncover undiscovered eye journeys, areas of interest, tonal discrepancies and so forth.
  • Finally, consider combining this technique with the Mirror Mirror Technique,  as this will give you even more of a pattern interrupt and a perception jolt.
Abstract work - Reversed Image

Abstract work - Reversed Image

So how might you apply this concept tp things other than painting. Well when you think about it what we are doing here is really looking at the issue from the totally opposite point of view. What would happen if you did that with a business challenge – for example.

You might say – I want/need more traffic  – the opposite of that is – I need less traffic – is that true? Possibly not but it might lead to the divergent thought of – I don’t need less traffic, what i need is better quality traffic.

In writing this post I have unearthed several thoughts which I am now planning to put into a ‘Insights Into Creativity’ report  at some point. I will keep you updated on its progress.

“Our own worth is measured by what we devote our energy to.” – Marcus Aurelius

This is an interesting way of looking at our life’s value and our own self worth.

Marcus was a remarkably wise man. “Marcus Aurelius’ work Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.” – Wikipedia.

Bust of Marcus Aurelius

Bust of Marcus Aurelius

Surprisingly the thoughts and principles expounded in his work are as relevant in the 21st century as they were in C170. If our worth is judged by the amount of energy we devote to something it follows that this is also a measure of what is important to us.  Or more precisely the back story of why we do that activity is what is important. I would suggest that this is in all likelihood something we don’t spend a great deal of conscious though on.

For example, are you doing work that sits some where on the scale between, hate and indifference? If so why do you stay there? What is your back story about that?

Of course there are many, many reasons we use to justify this state of affairs, staying in a bad situation way beyond time we might have moved on, and I am no stranger to that particular story.

In light of this, when was the last time you took half a day out on your own to look insight-fully at your life and what you are doing with it? The important thing to recognize is, how precious each and every moment is, and to then ask yourself the following questions –

#   How could I make this moment better?

#   Thus far – how has my life been measured?

#   What have I devoted my energy to?

#    How is my creativity showing up?

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