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 just had to bring you some more pictures of the gorgeous autumn we are having.  The trees are Soooo  beautiful at the moment. Enjoy….

Autumn Leaves at Holgate

Autumn Leaves at Holgate

Pelican Sculpture amongst the autumn leaves

Pelican Sculpture amongst the autumn leaves

They Call Me Mellow Yellow - autumn leaves

They Call Me Mellow Yellow

I was listening to a talk on time management, By Rich Schefren, this morning and was struck by something he said. He was speaking about procrastination and discussing the way some people find it hard to stick to a time table. He suggested that you write a list of fun things that you would love to do and then schedule them into your week. The idea behind this is that there is a two fold benefit:

  • One is that you get to have more fun in your life and of course when you are having fun, you often find that your creativity  kicks in. This is because you are not focusing on the problem and thus allowing the subconscious mind to find solutions for you.
  • The other benefit is that you work more efficiently as you now have less time to get your activities done in.  Also once you begin using this strategy on a regular basis , you become eager to get through your work load so you can get to the fun.  That’s not to say that you don’t enjoy  your work, but this adds another dimension to your life.

Sometimes we can snatch an hour here or there. I love to take photos and the other week after work instead of going home, I felt called to the beach 5 minutes down the road, so I went – and had great fun.  Here are the results-

Umina Beach

Before The Storm

Swan Song

Swan Song

Ebb Tide - sea foam on the beach

Ebb Tide

To assist you in thinking about these ideas a little more, here are some questions you might ask yourself-

  • If you are currently engaged in creative work are you really enjoying it?  If not what can you do about this?
  • Is there a particular part of your work that you find especially enjoyable and would it be possible to do more of this and less of something else?
  • Do you have fun at work and what are your feelings around that?  Is fun even allowed in your workplace?  Some businesses frown upon it – little realizing that this is one of the gateways to tapping into people’s creativity.
  • Have you any hobbies or leisure activities that you love to do? Are you doing them?
  • When was the last time you took a day off and spent all of it having fun? Did you feel just a little bit guilty about that?

Buying Paintings For An Investment

If you are purely buying for investment purposes, like any investment there are going to be certain factors associated with it. Some basic considerations to take into account are:

  • How much money do you want to spend?
  • What level of risk are you comfortable with?
  • Are you after a short or long term investment?
The Doni Tondo Michelangelo

The Doni Tondo Michelangelo

Having decided this, the next step is to ask yourself  if there are any artists in your price range that you like. If there are, this makes life a lot easier for you. Then it’s all about research.

Check out each of your favourite artists and look at their sales and exhibition records. Here are some more questions you might ask-

  • Are they continuing to increase sales at a steady rate?
  • Do they have regular exhibitions?
  • Are the prices for the work increasing?
  • Do they have gallery representation, online and off?
  • What prospects do their galleries foresee for their future success? Is there a trend?
  • Are they considered to be ‘collectible’?
  • What is a possible likely return on your investment in the next 2, 5, 10 years?

Artists who are already selling well are more likely to be a less risky investment, but of course they will come with a higher price tag. However if you are able to begin collecting the work of a promising emerging artist it is possible to make a lot of money, by collecting their works over a period of years.  Of course it is a gamble.

The other thing to do, if you are thinking of collecting someone’s work is to get in touch with the artist.  Talk to them, show an interest, let them know how much you appreciate their work.  Most artists will be only too happy to share their plans with you.  Get a feel for whether you think they are going to be a long distance player or just a flash in the pan.  This is really important.

Kookaburra's Wisdom- Kadira Jennings

Kookaburra's Wisdom -Kadira Jennings

Latest Work

I thought it must be time for an update on my latest work. I did put it on Face book, however I just realized that I hadn’t put it here.

This one I have called Gaia – which is an ancient term for our Mother Earth. In Greek Mythology she was the primal Greek goddess personifying the Earth. In the Vedic Scriptures there are references to Mother Earth as  Bhumi.  As I was painting this work, a deer emerged from a hill in the background and seemed to be Mother Earth.

Gaia - painting by Kadira Jennings

Gaia - Mother Earth

Part of my painting process actually takes place after the piece is finished.  As I look at it I become aware of the message. The current series of works  are being painted while following a largely intuitively process and often the meaning and the figures within do not become apparent until I am nearing the end, or have actually finished them. There are several figures in this work and you will note that everything seems to be suspended in space – and time.

There are dark figures on the right and a green tombstone hangs in the sky. Green generally stands for the heart and growth and yet here it is on a symbol of death. The thought comes, of death from the sky, cloaked in the very thing that should be giving us life – water, rain, radioactivity – the silent, unseen death.   I feel cogs and wheels turning, our planet is in need of healing. The earths plates are shifting.

The clocks are broken, our perception of time is changing.  Time is a man made construct, while the world moves on a vaster scale, not something our tiny minds can really comprehend.

The ‘green’ figure in the left of the painting  – he is a healer, tending to a broken body in front of him he is unable to see what is happening behind him in the background. It seems his unsupported efforts are too little or are they. The world is inhabited by individuals with hearts and minds that can heal or destroy. Love our planet and you become part of the solution.

Your choice of painting to buy will depend firstly on the answer to the following question ;

  • Why am I buying this work? Is it an investment, is it to hang in my home or a combination of both things.

The answer to this question will then determine the strategy that it would be best to follow in the choosing of your painting.  There are different things that you will want to take into consideration. This post is going to look at things to think about when buying for your home.

The objects we surround ourselves with in our living environment say something about who we are and what is important in our lives. Do you just stick something on the wall merely because it goes with the decor and then forget about it, thereby by choosing by default, or do you have an active and aware role in selecting those things you live with?

What does this have to do with choosing a painting you may ask?  Well it’s actually all about quantum physics. Take a look at these three pictures and be aware as you look at them of how they make you feel.


Would you want them in your living room or bedroom?



Sommersby FallsOr Why not?

We live in a universe that is characterized by the fact that everything in existence has its own unique vibration including ourselves. We are affected by these vibrations at a subtle level, so things like colour or images, may change the way we feel.

When evaluating an art piece you intend to live with, the first thing to consider is how it makes you feel, not whether it fits with the décor, it’s a great bargain, or a fantastic investment. If you use this criteria it’s hard to go wrong really. Of course the piece still needs to work with your décor, but your purchase is much more likely to have an on going positive effect in your life if you take these thoughts into consideration.

At the risk of stating the obvious, I would add that what you are looking for is positive connection. We can of course feel connected to something in a negative way, and that is not going to be the best thing to live with on a daily basis.

So take a look at what you are living with now; pictures, furniture, plants, wall colours, people (just kidding LOL) etc. and design your life for harmony, by creating your ideal environment. How do you want to feel and does the art piece you are considering buying fit that criteria?  If it doesn’t you might be advised to consider something else.

Today, being Sunday the 15th of May is the last day of our exhibition.  I turned up at the gallery a little before 12.30 to assist with manning it on our last day. There were a couple of ladies having a look at the works and chatting with Trish about one of my works, a digital print.

Tranquility digital print of buddha

Tranquility-Digital Print - Kadira Jennings

Well you can imagine my surprise when not two minutes later, after speaking with them a little further on how I created the work Tranquility, they decided to buy  it as a present.

What a wonderful way to end the show!  Below are the other works that sold, which was a fantastic result for our first showing. Congratulations to Stephanie Lewis who sold her Prize winning painting, ‘After The Bath’,

After The Bath -Stephanie Lewis -after Degas

After The Bath -Stephanie Lewis -after Degas

and to Deborah Lhota who sold her first painting ‘The Kiss’, after Gustav Klimt.

The Kiss- (A Detail) After Gustav Klimt by Deborah Lhota

The Kiss- (A Detail) After Gustav Klimt by Deborah Lhota

Many of the paintings received glowing praises and wonderful comments and I want my students to feel very proud of what they have achieved.  In fact more works would have sold if they had been for sale. Trish’s Velvet Rose and her Magenta Twilight would have both walked out the door as well as possibly Jess’ latest work. So well done everyone!

Thank you to all those helpful souls who came and helped dismantle the show this afternoon and our warmest thanks to Peter and Ellie for their generosity in providing the space for us.

It was a great success all round.

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