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.

 Exhibition,Kadria Jennings

 

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.

 

ShoreThyme Exhibition,Kadria Jennings,

 

 

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.

On the night 1 sm

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

Working in a series - In the closet I Kadira Jennings

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 ?

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Announcing an Upcoming Exhibition in July.

In July this year I will be involved in two different group exhibitions. The first of these will be at ShoreThyme gallery  from the 7th to the 19th of July.  This exhibition will be a retrospective look at the development of my work since 2010. Prior to this date, I had been experiencing a desert in the creative landscape but began working again.

This work began with a series of paintings based around a very special place in New Zealand, Cathedral Cove.

Upcoming exhibition

Cathedral Cove Revisited

I was challenged to begin by doing a series of works with my left hand – and as I am normally right-handed, this was quite a challenge as you can imagine. Below is the first left-handed attempt. It shows a view of the opposite side of the cave.

Cathedral Cove I 19x24" Oils by Kadira Jennings

Cathedral Cove I 19×24″ Oils

This is a group exhibition with two other artists – Julie Macdonald and Esther Beaton.

Come back in a couple of weeks to see some of the other works that will be showing in the exhibition.  In the mean time, pencil the following details into your diary and come along to the  exhibition opening.

OPENS: JULY 7 – JULY 19

OPENING EVENT: Tuesday 7th July

VENUE: ShoreThyme Gallery / Restaurant

There are also some other special surprises, which I will be announcing in June.

This Weeks Question: What are you doing on Tuesday the 7th July at 6pm in the evening?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: Instagram – A great platform for visual artists.

 

Pix Credits: Top Photo – PrueT – @Prue29 on Instagram

 

 

Hot off the Easel this week is the triptych I have been working on for the last few weeks. A triptych is always a bit of a tricky thing to tackle, because you really want each panel to work separately in its own right, while at the same time working in nicely with all the other ones. 

Two weeks ago I shared with you the underpainting I was doing on this work. Here are some updates on that process….

Hot Off the Easel

Underpainting of the middle painting

 

Hot Off The Easel,Painting process

Much of a first layer of the middle panel is painted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And below is the finished painting. It measures 24″x66″.  If you would like to see more about this painting visit my Artist Website.

 

 

 

Dancing With The wind -Triptych,Hot off the easel

Dancing With The wind triptych

 

This Weeks Question: How are you travelling with your own creativity?

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