Getting Back To Work

back to work photo

So, getting back to work again after a longish break is never that easy. Sometimes it takes a lot of talking sternly to oneself.

As you know, if you have been reading my blog for a while, I’ve been working through some deep processing in relation to the direction my work is heading.

This has led to an understanding of where to go next and meant finding a way to bridge the gap between where I am now and where I want to go. I am currently engaged in a series of works that examine the relationships between  clothes, feelings and dance.

Back to work -Dancing In The Dark ,Kadira Jennings

Dancing In The Dark I

The first work in the series became an education in something lost and something found.  There is a lesson here for all of us.  You cannot separate yourself from your art. Art is the expression of your creative self.  No matter what you choose to craft – a film, a painting, a novel, it says something about who you are because you are the one who chose that particular thing to do and share with the world.

Back to work -Dancing In The Dark I Detail ,Kadira Jennings

Detail of Dancing In The Dark I


This creative expression becomes intrinsic to the full exploration of our lives. Without it we tend to stutter and splutter, stall and fade.  We are not following our ‘raison d’etre’. I kept the first source image of the dresses for many months before beginning the painting.  I didn’t know why I was so drawn to it, I just was. When I finally began the work, oh heavens, the flood gates opened and the tears poured forth.  I realized the work wasn’t about dresses at all.  It was about dancing.  It was about the dancing I’d given up as a teenager for all the wrong reasons and the painting allowed me to grieve for the dancer I never was. How many unacknowledged griefs do you have in your own life?

The challenge is to be alert enough to signals/signs from the universe God, the great spirit – what ever you want to call it/him/her. Pay attention to things that catch your attention, that you are drawn to – even if you don’t understand why at the time.  Painting can be far more than paint on canvas, if you will allow it to be.

After the initial painting of this image, more have emerged, I will share painting number 2 with you in the next post.

This week’s question: How many unacknowledged griefs do you have in your own life, and how might they be blocking you?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: More on the development of the dress series.

Posted by: Kadira Jennings

Photo by comedy_nose

I want to talk about this a bit more because it is a fairly complex subject albeit an important one.  By sharing how I have developed my style, I hope  to enable you to get clearer about the things that tie your own work together.

It helps to look at your work and say to yourself – ‘ Now if I was having a retrospective exhibition what works would I choose to put into it?’  An important tool to help you gain greater insight into your work, is photographs. First gather pictures of all your works and lay them out on the floor or table in your workspace.  Group them first into stylistic sections that demonstrate each phase of your development.  Then break these groups into themes such as,  bright splashes of colour, trees, people and shoes.  You might also have another series of works where those bright splashes have turned into blockier shapes.  The subjects painted might be – trees, cats and doorways.  Look for the things that would link the images.

Ungrouped Paintings

Ungrouped Paintings

In a retrospective exhibition you might then group all the tree pictures of different styles together.  This gives insight into both your journey as an artist st stylistically and your statement about trees.  You have created a link between your works and offer your viewers substance as an artist .

Grouped Paintings

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