So where am I up to with current artworks?
After completing the last of the artworks in the Mythic Journey series, I took a short break while I was considering where to go next in terms of the work.

This however did not mean that I stopped painting. When unsure of what to paint it is often best to just keep painting. Well how does one do that? One way is to work totally intuitively. How does one begin that?

One way is to simply draw some lines on the canvas – like this.

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And then begin throwing some colour at it. This drawing was the starting point for what turned out to be three different works, each of the subsequent works being based on the previous one. In the image below, I am working up a base using Acrylic paints.

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Enchanted Dreams – progress 1

 

More paint is added to the underpainting, still using Acrylics

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Enchanted Dreams – progress 2

 

Then I took out the oil paints and proceeded to work back into the painting, developing what I could see there already. You may have to look hard to see some of the changes as they are subtle.

 

Enchanted Dreams - progress 3

Enchanted Dreams – progress 3

 

And here is the finished work….

Enchanted Dreams

Enchanted Dreams Oil and Acrylic on canvas 24″x 22″ $900

 

Some quite big changes can now be seen.

This Weeks Question: What works do you have in progress at the moment?  Are you exploring any new techniques?? 

Look For Next Monday’s Post: More on ‘The Biz of Art”

Studio Update

Getting back down to work in the studio is always a bit challenging after time spent rushing around doing other things. I’ve had a lot going on and have a lot coming up apart from painting, between July and November. Last week I held the first of my kindergarten seminars for teachers,on how to teach art to preschoolers, the pitfalls and things to do about them.

This is a very intensive 2-3 hour course which I will talk about in a later blog post.

Now, back to the studio – progress is slowly being made.  I am doing a series of very intuitive works at the moment, as I feel at an end with the dresses and that aspect of the Mythic Journey. You will however see elements of the dress series creeping into the current work.  A new emergence seems to be the inclusion of figures, which keep appearing. I am however wrestling with the colour palette – I’d like to do something with colours similar to those that Ben McLaughlin uses, (see below),he’s such a master of subtle complementaries….. however as far as the work is concerned – well  ‘that just aint happening!!’

Studio,Ben Mclaughlin

Ben McLaughlin

 

My current works are informed by a growing awareness of the interconnectedness of the energy webs which surround all of us and the planet.  There is a saying that ‘every thing is energy’ – well it’s not just a saying – it’s the reality of the world we live in. I am intrigued and fascinated with energy flow – as in the dancer and the dance. And in fact that’s partly where the dress paintings came from.  

So there is a continuing desire to represent this energy – the dance of life and the webs and veils of illusion that separate us in so many ways. Therefore the current works speak to an unfolding of this understanding.  It’s incredibly challenging to paint in this way, as you only have the vaguest idea of what you are actually trying to do.

I keep wanting to run back to my safe landscapes – however I feel the great Creator pushing gently at me  – no rush – ( just get on with it for heaven’s sake!).  I have completed two smaller works so far and if you get my Collectors Newsletter you will have seen them already.

Studio,A Little Bird Whispered In My Ear,Kadira Jennings

A Little Bird Whispered In My Ear, Oil and Acrylic on canvas 18″x 18″ $650

Above is the first painting in this series and below is the second.

Whispers on the Wind Oil and Acrylic on canvas 24"x 22"  $900

Whispers on the Wind Oil and Acrylic on canvas 24″x 22″ $900

 

This Week’s Question: What themes run through your own life and work, regardless of whether you are an artist or not.? What do you keep returning to and why?

Next Weeks Post:  Student versus Artist Quality materials – the age old debate?

 

Exhibition Opening – THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO CAME!!!

Saturday afternoon – the weather was – well it is winter. Actually the sun came out and it was pretty good.

What a wonderful turn out we had. John Morris opened the show with some kind, quiet words of wisdom and congratulation. Thank you so much John we all appreciate your efforts on our behalf. John has been driving from Newcastle weekly to deliver our studio practice class despite, inclement weather, recurring bouts of the flue and managing life in general.

John Morris  Opening With Intention, Kadira Jennings

John Morris Opening ‘With Intention’

After opening the show he drove to Sydney for the opening of the Salon de Refuses as one of his works was accepted for it this year. CONGRATULATIONS John!

The Gosford Regional Gallery was very crowded with two other exhibitions opening on the same afternoon and there was a wedding as well! And the parking – well What Parking !!

John had a good point about exhibitions –

They are demarcation points along a path. They are sometimes a beginning but never should be an end in themselves. ( I filmed his opening speech, however haven’t had time to edit it yet, so look for that in a coming post)

Sometimes I feel that exhibitions are really more of a pause and may signal the end of a particular body of work. The next work often can go off at a tangent to that in the current exhibition, as the artist explores their muse further.

So the most important thing to remember when showing your paintings is that your very best painting is still inside of you and it always will be.

Exhibition Opening - Kadira Jennings

Exhibition – Handing Out The Nibbles

On the day many people came up and introduce themselves. It’s funny, one lady I spoke with said she always follows my blog and newsletter and finds them a great source of inspiration for her. Yet she has never left a comment on the blog. It was wonderful to know that all my effort is touching someone else’s life in a positive way.

Exhibitions should never be just for the purpose of selling your work.  Rather what is your intention? I believe they are an opportunity to allow others to connect with the work. Every work  that you do will touch somebody at sometime and if you don’t exhibit it you don’t give the work a chance to speak to who it was destined to speak to.

We need to bring the whole thing back to play. You played with some paint and canvas. Be proud of it! Isn’t that what a child would do? And then let it go. Let it find a new home. You have done your part, all that is required. Our works if we are open enough connect us to the Great Creator, The universal Architect. My best work always happens when I open to the flow and allow it flow through me

This Weeks Question: Have you shared your creative efforts with anyone recently? 

Look For Next Thursday’s Post:  More snippets from the Exhibitions

 

 

ShoreThyme Exhibition Opening

After Weeks of preparation, Monday the 6th  finally arrived.  Time to take the paintings up to the show for hanging.

All stacked up and ready to go.

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Packing the car.

ShoreThyme Exhibition,Kadria Jennings,Packing the car

 

Last minute preparations the night before.

 

Kadria Jennings,Last minute preparations the night before.

Delivering the works. It was pure bliss loading and unloading the bags of paintings.  No more messy bubble wrap. That’s 11 paintings delivered in only 2 trips to the car…… totally awesome!!!

Painting bags - deliveries

ShoreThyme Exhibition,Kadria Jennings,Delivering the works

 

Julie unpacking her paintings at the exhibition venue.

 

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Esther arrives with her work.

 

Kadria Jennings,Esther Arrives

 

 Exhibition,Kadria Jennings,coffee break

 

And a much-needed coffee break at the Bombora cafe, after all the delivery details were settled!

And ……….Drum Roll ……….!!!! THE SHOW!!!!

We had a fantastic turn out that far exceeded our expectations.  A HUGE thank you to everyone who came, braving the cold chilly winter evening.  We were very excited  for  Julie and she made some sales on the evening. Congratulations Julie – well done!!

On the night – Julie’s work – The top left hand work was one of those that sold.

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Works on show before the crowds arrived….. These are my works from my Outer Landscapes Series

Works on show before the crowds arrived

On the night – One of my dear patrons and supporters – Barbara Baker-Richards, a local entrepreneur and trainer.  I love that hat!

On the night - One of my dear patrons and supporters

 

And now that the excitement of that is over – ON TO THE NEXT ONE!!!!

Here is your invitation to the next one in case you missed it before

Exhibition in July

 

I look forward to seeing you there and a huge thank you once again to everybody who came along to the ShoreThyme opening and to the wonderful staff and owners of the venue for looking after us so well and helping to make the evening a wonderful success.

 

This Weeks Question: Have you supported your local artists recently? Attending an exhibition opening is a way of doing this that really boosts them and doesn’t commit you to anything.

Look For Next Thursday’s Post:  What to do with older works  – Pt II – more ideas

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The Art Of Friends

The Art of Friends Lily - Susan Brookes

Lily – Susan Brookes

As we move into June, the Art Friends group is proceeding with their exhibition preparations.  Every Wednesday when we paint together we gather around the lunch table and discuss how things are going.

The rest of the day, every one is hard at work, developing their latest art works, in preparation for the exhibition.  Take a walk around the room with me.

Those exhibition details again are: 

Where: Gosford Regional Gallery Community gallery, 36 Webb St East Gosford

When: July Fri 17th – Tues 21st 

Opening : Saturday July 18th 2.30 pm and open daily 10am – 4pm

We will look forward to seeing you there.

This Weeks Question: What are you doing on Saturday the 18th July at 2.30pm ?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: What To Do With Older Work

Group Exhibition In July At The Gosford Regional Gallery

Exhibition in July

The second exhibition in July I’m involved with engages another group of artists.  I will be exhibiting a different body of work from that in the ShoreThyme Exhibition.

There is a wonderful variety of works in this show, with each artist having developed their unique vision of the world. We have been working together for eighteen months now,as a group, in a studio practice under the watchful eye of John Morris, well-known Australian, new Romantic painter.

What is a ‘studio practice?’  A studio practice is the working modus operandi if you like, of the artist.  It involves beginning with an idea, which you work up through sketches, more detailed drawings and perhaps quick paint studies, before settling into the final work.  For example the charcoal drawing I did below, which then became

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First closet drawing

 

the next image you see here, gives you an idea of how the process develops into a painting.

 

Dancing In The Dark I

Dancing In The Dark I

 

It is through this art practice that one grows and develops as an artist.

 

This Weeks Question: What are you doing on Saturday the 18th July at 2.30pm ?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: More On Social Media

 

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