The Heroines Journey Continues.

So this Heroines journey  has literally taken her across the water – a big ditch that separates Australia from New Zealand. I am on a mythic heroines journey here, tracing the story of my re-emerging creative self which had it’s seeds sown back in May 2013…..

It all began here….

heroines journey cathedral cove

and what followed was a series of intuitive paintings – completed with my non dominant hand. Take a look at my earlier posts on this journey.

In this return journey a friend – budding film maker – Prue Kelsey and I, are exploring these beginnings and making a series of short videos tracing the ‘artists journey’ and development.  As these interviews are completed I will be putting them up on the website for you to see.

 Heroines Journey Cathedral Cove

The above image is one small painting from this series.

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: Snippets from New Zealand

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.

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Photo by comedy_nose

Sacred Time

Sacred Time – what is that?

Simply put, sacred time is time that you earmark for you and you alone. As an artist, you need alone time – no one else around. If you can’t find time for aloneness or you are not comfortable with it, you might need to have a think

Sacred Time, solitary figure photo


about why that is. Yes we are alone in the studio, however we also need to create space and time for just being, with ourselves – a walk on the beach, by a lake or in the park – somewhere outdoors, is great for charging your batteries and refreshing your head space.

Sacred Time artist painting photo


The you can get into the studio with fresh spirit.

However something else that really needs to happen is for your studio space to be a designated, off-limits area to others when you are in there working. It is your Sacred Space for creating.  You need to be able to feel that it is your space to control in every aspect of what happens in it.

Sacred Time,art studio photo

 This can be a very difficult boundary to get happening as the significant others in our lives often don’t see that we are actually engaged in doing something important. Not only do they not see that they are encroaching on our creative space boundaries, even more importantly, they don’t see that they are stealing our precious time away. Your Sacred Time.  Time is your most precious resource.  It is expendable yet unrenewable. Guard it and jealously hoard it, so you then have an abundance of it to splurge on your creative works when you need to.  Don’t allow others to steal it, waste it or dribble it away from you. Time is more precious than diamonds.

Can you show me an artist who has enough time for painting? Aren’t we always scrounging for those extra minutes somewhere and yet we allow others to steal them away….. Be strong.  Stand up for your Artist/Creator. Don’t think other people are more important than you getting your creative visions into reality.  Why? Because no one else has your vision – they can’t do it – only you can.  So Do IT!

Posted by: Kadira Jennings

Photo by Key Foster

Young artist pix by Ben_Kerckx (Pixabay)

Photo by Clay Gilliland

Artistic Process

Artistic Process

Well there are many elements to the creation of a work of art as I’m sure you well know. Today what I want to focus on in that artistic process is something that doesn’t get talked about really all that much, and that is the internal journey.

For me at the moment the internal journey is taking centre stage.  The brush is nowhere near the canvas, however the pencil is upon the paper. To aid me in the unfolding of this artistic process I have recently bought Jean Houston’s course ‘Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose’. Well it is pure gold.  She has many exercises both physical and mental to help you develop your senses and abilities to a higher level.  She gets you to work with your mind and internal senses in order to strengthen and develop your outer senses and abilities.  These techniques have been used by musicians, athletes, famous politicians and many others.

artistic process Jean Houston and Oprah

Jean Houston and Oprah

Here is a link to a free online course The 3 keys to discovering and living your life’s purpose, if you are interested. Even to increase just your skill levels in any chosen area, this is a learning opportunity that gives great insight into how you can progress rapidly.

For those of you who have been plying your craft for upward of five years now, how much thought have you put into the following questions. And even if you are a newbie here are some thoughts for a bit later on….

1. Is there a deeper purpose to my art?

2. Am I just content with making pretty pictures?

3. Why am I an Artist?

4. What intrinsic value does my art have?

Can you answer these questions? If you can’t I suggest you take a look at Jean Houston’s material.  I want you to know that I am not receiving any commission etc for promoting Jean’s work I just know it’s helping me and I am sure it can help you too!

Next Week’s Post: Some art works have made it back into the studio!


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If you missed my post last week, I am doing posts only on Thursdays for now.
However I will make a quick headliner here on Mondays each week so you know what to look forward to – this week it’s about making art.

This Thursday I begin a series of posts on artistic processes – The internal Journey of Making Art. Read Thursdays post for more……

I leave you with an image of a place which has provided much inspiration for me.

Making Art Cathedral Cove

A favourite place of mine – Cathedral Cove in NZ


Photo Credit: Kadira Jennings

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

The craft of painting – what is it?

Well it has many aspects to it not the least of which are having courage and being brave.
Painting, painting, – and then there was more. Well, one likes to think so anyway.
I started back at John Morris’ class this week. One has to challenge ones-self you know.

craft of painting,John Morris

John Morris


And it is – challenging to throw yourself into a class where there is no quarter given – really – if that’s what you ask for – which I do. Still, you have to be prepared to not be precious about what you are producing or bringing along for a critique.
Do you have a teacher like that? If you don’t, you need to get one. If you really want to get serious about the business of art – you need to get over yourself enough to accept critical help, sign posts and pointers along the way.

Next Thursday’s Post: Preliminary drawings

Next Monday’s Post: Art Marketing ?

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

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