Creative Practice

Creative Practice – elements

creative practice

Creative Practice is a term relating to different elements in an artist’s life. Some people regard to all of these elements as creative practice however others relate this term to those things which are exclusively concerned with the creation of the art that they produce. I am going to outline some of those things that go into producing a painting, which are part of the creative process and therefore are the creative practice.

  • The first thing and I just must do is to come up with an idea for either single work or a body of works.
  • Painting can be just working on a single picture but this is an art practice that has no depth. As we develop and grow as artists, we endeavour to explore the depths of whatever subject we are examining. This often requires much thought. It can require research into ideas and techniques.
  • I will often build a mind map around certain idea – in this case – Beauty


Mind Map,beauty,kadira jennings,creative practice

  • From that point I will take one of the branches on the mind map and explore that further. In that exploration, I might be researching into painting techniques, or looking for visuals that support my idea.
  • Once I have a rough idea of what I want to do, I may then do some preliminary drawings.

I should mention at this point that the ideas I do use, do not usually just happened on your own and are not necessarily a result of specific research. Part of one’s art practice involves things that we notice on a day-to-day basis. This might be shadows of a particular tree or possibly the lights playing on the water at the beach, will give me an idea of the colour I would like to use in the next painting.

That is why the practice of the art of presence is so important in an artist’s life….. Mindfulness has become a buzz word of late, however this practice has been used by artists for centuries. All the things that I am aware of in my external environment become part of my internal awareness which I can then bring to my canvas once I get there.

This Weeks Question: How well do you understand your own creative practice?

Look For Next Week’s Post:Creative Practice – Part II


Photo Credit:  stokpic (Pixabay)


A foray into the Celestine Prophecies recently acquainted me with the idea that the first stage of spiritual awakening is when we perceive beauty within everything, that all things have their own inherent beauty.  As a creative person, this is something that resonates very deeply with me.  I find it fascinating therefore that some people who profess to have great spiritual insight, put forward the idea that this world is just a place of suffering and misery and basically ugly and un-spiritual along with everyone in it.

Morning Light on the water

And yet there so so much beauty everywhere we look if we but have the eyes to see it.  One of the great benefits of training in the visual arts – painting, drawing etc is that you are taught to see the world in a very different way. You learn to be more present to your surroundings and pay attention to things that would otherwise completely pass you by.

Today’s Question: What loveliness can you find in your world today?

Stream Flowers

As I was saying last week – I think Spring is in the blood. I was given a poem this week by Shae Partridge, a young woman who has had a difficult life and is finding some measure of her creative self again in words. Here are some of her thoughts on the nature of Beauty.

The Nature of Beauty - Poem

Poem: Shae Partridge

Visual: Kadira Jennings

Five Part Series on ‘Beauty In Art’ – Part 1
Last week Shelia Finkelstein got me to thinking about beauty and our perception of it, in art, generally and generationally.  The idea of generational beauty was thought provoking.  We are all of course, products of our environment and cultural upbringing.  What we find beauty in differs at various times in our lives as well as between generations.  My mother found no beauty at all in Hendrix  belting out Voodoo Child – why she didn’t – well that was a complete mystery to me.  Different standards of beauty I guess.

One thing beauty requires of us  is our attention – fully and completely if we are to really engage with it.  The more we immerse ourselves, the more present we get regardless of our age, life stage, generation – beauty is open to us if we just take the time to ‘stop and smell the flowers’.

Smell The Flowers

Smell The Flowers

Beauty is subjective – when was the last time you really appreciated the true beauty of something?

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