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

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?

I was walking down the beach this morning when I came across a little fellow who looked very similar to this.  He got me thinking about what life would be like if I  could only walk sideways everywhere I went.  How would that change the way I operate in the world and what would the advantages and disadvantages be….

Crab walking in The Sand

Well talk about synchronicity….. as I was driving home listening to one of Rich Schefren’s Q & A sessions what should he be discussing but the concept of our unique and individual work flow patterns. One point that particularly resonated with me and made me think of my crab, was this –

We all have a work flow that we use, either consciously, or unconsciously. The question is does it serve us?

Are we limiting ourselves to walking sideways?

As creative people, we would be wise to look at this not only in terms of how that is relevant to the business practices we use but also in terms of our creative process itself. Rich had a good point, in that so often we are looking for a tailor made solution to fit our specific scenario.  We live in an off the shelf society  and have come to expect that there is a ready made solution if we can just find it.

However as we are unique, and what we do and how we work is also unique, only some of what works for someone else, may work for me.  It is my job to figure out what does and doesn’t work of other people’s processes and take the best for myself.

We would profit from spending more time thinking before we begin doing, in order to begin doing more efficiently once we get going.  Part of the problem here is being time poor, so we think time spent planning is an area we can save time but ultimately this is flawed thinking and practice as the opposite is true.

So my question for today is – How does your work-flow strategy serve you and/or hinder you  and what changes can you make so your creative experience is a more enjoyable one? I would love to hear your thoughts -the comments box is at the top of the post if you feel moved to contribute.

Pix Credit: earl53

One of the most amazing things about being and artist , for me is the way I have learnt to pay attention to the world around me.  My camera is my greatest friend in this because it allows me to capture these moment and be able to share them.

My eye is trained to seek the unusual everywhere I go and I have learnt to see and appreciate beauty in the unlikeliest of places and things.

This week I began shooting a video for my website, with the help of a friend, an apprentice movie director. We went down to a local beach, which to the untrained eye looked – well, you know – like a beach – sand, waves, seaweed, rocks etc…. so what’s new.

Well what I found was something both new and old – jewel like drops of water resting on the beautiful patterns of subtle colours and textures on the wings of a dead bird.

Beautiful Water Drops

Beauty in death is not something we generally look for. Our learned response is yuk – a dead bird- and we would pass it by without a second thought. In the youth obsessed culture of western society, the mortality of ourselves or others, is pretty much a taboo subject. Things that remind us of our own temporary physicality can upset the apple cart of our carefully built stories of who and what we are.

Sometimes, if we change our filters upon the world, we are able to take the opportunity for a new experience. In the coming week, can you find beauty in a place you may have never considered looking before today?

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