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

In the last post I kicked off this Painting Tips series with a word or two about looking after your body. Now let’s look at some ideas that can help the painting process using some other art techniques.

Tip 2: Points of View

There are things that we can do which alter the way we see our work of art. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Get Back From It: In order to get a better perspective, or overall view of what we are doing, it is important, from time to time to step back from the work and look at it from a bit of a distance. This serves the purpose of allowing you to have more of an overview of what is happening.  You see the problem is, that as we are painting we become absorbed in the few square inches we are currently working on and can tend to ignore the effect of what we are doing in terms of the bigger picture – so to speak.
  • Tiny Telescope: This is a trick my dad taught me many years ago. If your studio space is a bit cramped and you can’t get back very far from your work you can do what I call the ‘Tiny Telescope”. Rather than trying to explain what this is have a look at me doing it in the picture below. Holding your hand in this way look through the tiny space in your hand at your painting. This cuts down a lot of the information entering your eye and gives you a simplified view of what is going on. Give it a try…

Tiny Telescope Technique being demonstrated by Kadira

It’s amazing, I’ve been writing this blog for nearly a year and a half now and I suddenly realized that I’ve never done any posts on Painting Techniques! So there’s a first time for everything, and this is it.

You may or may not have come across these ideas before and if you haven’t, please pass them along to others.  They are things that will help most artists.

Tip 1: This is incredibly important! Look after your most precious resource while you are painting…

Love your body.  What does this mean? It means things like:

  • You only have one body and when you are painting you need to look after it…
  • Do adjust the height of your easel constantly so that you don’t put strain on your arms or back as you are standing or sit down if you need to.
Art Student Painting

Art Student Painting

  • Remember to take a short break at least once an hour…. roll your neck and shoulders, flex your arms, walk around a bit.
  • Studio painting: If your studio floor is concrete, stand on something to cushion your feet from the floor, place an old piece of carpet upside down or put down a couple of cardboard boxes.  This helps to stop cold seeping into your feet from the concrete, as well as giving you a slightly more forgiving surface to stand on.
  • You can see in the shot below that I have plastic  and an old rug on the floor.  I find this definitely helps prevent fatigue in my legs when standing at the easel for long hours.

Kadira's Studio

  • Don’t forget to eat and drink! Seems like a no-brainer right, but when you are really on a roll you can forget about everything else in the world except the canvas in front of you and the brush in your hand.

See my next post for Tip 2

I love this quote from Julie Jordan Scott,

“Creativity is an activity that invites abundance and flow into the world…It ripples out into energy that touches others with whom I will never interact. ” ,

I came across this quote at eteletours blog this week, along with this beautiful picture  by one of my favourite photographers , Sheila Finkelstein.  She always has wise and wonderful things to say along with her stunning photographs  like this one.

Purple Mist , photograph by Sheila Finkelstein

I urge you to take a look at Sheila’s article on accidental creativity which is where I found this lovely photo.  Her blog is also worth a look as she always has a new photo  there and something interesting to say about it.

Accidental creativity is an interesting concept.  Sometimes in our creative work we will make a mistake which enhances the work.  I call these ‘happy accidents’.  However I sometimes wonder, given the Law of Synchronicity, how accidental these accidents really are.  Perhaps they are moments when we are truly open and  connected to the ‘universal creative mind’ and we become an open channel for genius to show through.  It’s a thought…. What do you think?

I want to share with you today this wonderful video on the importance of creativity. Sir Ken Robinson is a highly intelligent  and very funny speaker .  You will find this video not only informative but also very entertaining. There is certainly much food for thought here. Sir Ken is an author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education, and arts bodies.

Today I want to share with you some other wonderful blogs – the first is

Susannah Conway’s- Notes on Unravelling the heart. She is a photographer and writer and a ‘work in progress’.  Susannah has a recent post with some great twitter links on it. One of my favourite links is,

awesome people hanging out together .  There are some priceless fotos here.

Next up is Mary Swenson’s scrabook.  you will find some interesting food and flower photos.  I like her visual style, the old typewriter font she uses brings a nostalgic feel to her blog. Following a link from here to Style Mania where she had done a guest blogspot, I came across this great image.

cocktail with umbrella via Marter del Universo on Pinterest

Cocktail with umbrella via Marter del Universo on Pinterest

And on a completely different tack, here is  BittBox. They have just launched a new font site and are offering a fantastic deal on fronts for the next 12 days – so go and check them out! If that’s your thing. This is a great resource blog and they often have free stuff  like the free concrete textures they offerd on Texture Tuesday in May.

On a more personal note about creativity and business let’s have a look at how creativity plays out in your working life.  Here are some things to ask yourself…

  • Do I enjoy my work?

Grab a piece of paper and write down everything you can think of that you enjoy about your work.  Include everything, no matter how insignificant you might think it is. Here are some ideas  from my own work and what I enjoy about it – just to give you an idea.

  • I love seeing the light go on in some-one’s head when they understand how to do some technical aspect of an art work they have been grappling with.
  • I like the freedom of not having to go to an office everyday.
  • I love being able to look out the window of my studio and see the sunlight dancing on the water on a clear blue day
golden water reflections

Golden Water Reflections

And so on, you get the idea….

After you have made this list – go back and look at each thing and ask your self what is it about that thing that is important to you. Then put that to the side for a moment.

About now some of you are probably struggling, particularly if you are in work that you don’t really like. But you know there is some reason you are doing that work, whether it’s the money, less distance to travel or whatever it is. If you look hard enough you should be able to find something to like.

So what does this have to do with creativity, or creativity in business? Well there are two thoughts that come to mind.

If you are in a job you don’t like much, obviously you can leave or else you can get creative around making it more tolerable.  This is why I asked you to list the things you do like, because one solution is to make more of those moments in your day.  Once you begin thinking creatively around a problem all kinds of new avenues can open up.  Sometimes we don’t need to leave a situation, we just need to think about it another way or perhaps find a different payoff in it.

The other thought is what do you really want?  What is the perfect job/work for you and how many elements of that do you currently have in the work you are doing. Life is always easier when we go with the flow of our own gifts rather than fight the uphill battle of others expectations.  And Yes it takes the Three C’s – Courage, Commitment and Creativity.

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