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.

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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

What Shall I Create?

This is for some artists, harder than doing the work itself and the ‘What shall I create question really comes back to why are you painting/creating? I think at some time or other that all creative people struggle with this issue, and the truth is, that the more disconnected you are from yourself the harder this question is going to be for you.  This week, a girlfriend Prue, and I, began a series of Thursday night Skype sessions to help us stay connected with our own creative processes. Our first session, scheduled for half an hour ended up taking two hours instead. However we finished with a great result.

What shall I paint - partnerships photo

One of the things that came up in the course of the conversation was the issue of being blocked, where to get inspiration and so on.  As a result of this conversation, we have decided to make  a series of short videos, only 30-60 seconds.  Just very short bytes of the creative’s life.  Now the main reason we have embarked on this process is to help her, a budding film director, get past her screen writing block and begin doing some of the stuff that she loves to do instead of getting overwhelmed by a huge project.  Of course it will also have a great result for me as well as I will have 6 beautifully crafted short video bytes I can use in my own career as an artist.

The other benefit for both of us in this partnership is an interesting journey and story to share with our social media friends and followers.  So perhaps you can think of a friend you might partner with to help push both your careers forward.  Prue and I live 80 Kilometers apart – not too far to collaborate physically, but easy to stay in touch through technology.  We are also working in different media – which can be an asset, as we are both creative, yet bring different ideas to the table. Collaboration can also serve to keep you motivated and on track and help you to extend your own network, opening up new markets, collectors and mavens.

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Next week I will talk about this same issue from a couple of different points of view in terms of a visual artist.

This week’s question:Who can I find to collaborate with?

Look For Thursday’s Post: Mt Taranaki III revisited.…

Next Monday’s Post: More on Thursday evening’s chat…..Creativity Conversations

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Creative blocks – childhood events that can cause them

So let me tell you what put me off art at a very young age, the thing that formed one of my major creative blocks.  You might think I took a shine to painting from the time I could manage to hold a paint brush.
Sadly, this was not the case for me. When I was around eight I remember sitting in class one day. We had been asked to draw a portrait., which I had nearly finished doing. In fact I was feeling quite proud of that fledgling art work. The little artist in me was alive and well for about twenty minutes. Until the teacher arrived at my desk.

catholic nun teaching photo

The picture above pretty much embodies the feeling I got from the nun looking over my shoulder as she came around the room.  She stopped and remarked on everyone’s work.  However when she got to me she just stopped and said nothing.  Standing there for several moments before moving on.  Well my little artist felt the world crashing down in a deafening silence.  I felt like I’d done the worst picture in the room, it being so bad that it wasn’t worthy of any kind of comment – good or bad.

It was a long time before I tried drawing and painting again. However there were two fundamental lessons I finally learnt from this incident…..

  • One,  that we can give any meaning we like to an event and that you can therefore go back and change your perception about that event.
  • Two, that at that time I began a pattern of needing others approval to feel good about myself. At the time I felt judged and found wanting. Lack of self-worth and self-criticism crept in, two terrible twins of resistance that followed in many areas of my life  and certainly on the creative path.

However shining a light into this memory, helped me understand my error and grieve for my little artist self, which in turn enabled me to move on and begin feeling proud of my work.

This week’s question: Have you gone back and mined your childhood for information about your blocks yet?

Look For Thursday’s Post:   A different kind of abstraction

Next Monday’s Post: Fun in France!! 

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