Developing a series of works is an interesting journey.

Working in this way with a theme or an image, can produce work that contains a lot more depth than working on a range of dissimilar subjects.

A case in point is the clothing series that I began working on recently. I began with dresses in a wardrobe. The dresses emerge out of the darkness into view. They tantalize our thoughts to tease out their story. In fact they began to take on a life of their own quite early on in the piece.


Developing a series of works - In the closet I Kadira Jennings

First closet drawing

This drawing, also in charcoal,  gave birth to some other ideas which I have begun exploring.

Working in a series - Pick Me, Kadira jennings

Pick Me – Closet drawing II


And then there was

Working In a Series Silks and Linen - Closet drawing III,Kadira Jennings

Silks and Linen – Closet drawing III


Paintings are proceeding from all of these drawings, so stay tuned for the updates.

Next Thursday’s Post: Preliminary paint work

Next Monday’s Post:

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Charcoal Drawings

Charcoal Drawings

Charcoal Drawings were the flavour of the moment last week as I was playing around with a new series I’m embarking on. This series will still be in the New Romantic genre. These charcoal drawings were developed from an idea wherein I was exploring, how the idea of the heart might fit into an actual landscape. The drawings were done using willow charcoal, a pretty flexible medium – messy but favourable.  I use the willow in favour of compressed charcoal which comes in much fatter sticks and tends to go rather too dark, you don’t get as bigger range of tones out of it.  It is not as flexible to use.

charcoal drawings,Landscapes of the heart I - Kadira Jennings

Landscapes of the Heart I


I am thinking about turning this painting below into either version of these drawings.

charcoal drawings inspiration for Mt Taranaki

Mt Taranaki


charcoal drawings,Landscapes of the heart II

Landscapes of the Heart II


Keep an eye out for the end result in the coming weeks!

Next Thursday’s Post: Mt Taranaki revisited

Next Monday’s Post: What Shall I Create?

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Charcoal Landscapes

Currently, as I’ve moved recently and my space has looked like a tornado went through it, I have had to settle for something a little simpler than painting. Charcoal landscapes seemed to fit the bill. Here are a couple of works I’ve done. The first was worked up with charcoal and the second with graphite – a very slippery and un-userfriendly medium!

Charcoal Landscapes


Both of these works, are an attempt to delve into the spirit of the landscape and express something deeper, discarding the initial image in favour of something found within.

Gathering Storm - Charcoal Landscapes

Gathering Storm – Graphite drawing


Look For Thursday’s Post: More playing with the landscape.

Next Monday’s Post: A peek at progress on the new studio space

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