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?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: 10 Things every artist Must Have!

Kadiras Latest Work

Mythic Journey III

Mythic Journey III

So you’ve been seeing snippets of this work and it is finally done. This weeks post is short and sweet, with a glimpse of the work that’s been coming for the last month and a sneak preview of what’s being worked up on the easel at the moment.

Please bear in mind that the images you are seeing below are those of works in progress. The finished work will be completely different.  I have 5 paintings on the go at the moment, 4 small ones which are part of a quadriptych and a larger one, which is a bigger version of one of the smaller ones. In fact I began with a bigger version of the painting in last week’s post, Study I  and decided to do a study for it before I painted the larger painting.

After completing the smaller study, it seemed that it might make a nice series of smaller paintings, which I promptly decided to do.

Here are the beginnings. These under layers are all done in acrylic paints.

Panel 3 Layer I

Panel I Layer I

Panel 3 Layer II

Panel I Layer II

Panel 3 Layer I

Panel III Layer I

 

This Weeks Question: What layers of meaning inform your work?

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: A look at mixing subtle darks from complementary colours.

Lessons from a Travel Diary II

Travelling and The Creative Process…..

Well isn’t all of life a journey really? Aren’t we travelling through the cosmos on a huge ball of matter, hurtling along at incredible speeds? It’s all about perspective really.

Travelling through the cosmos

Travelling through the cosmos

Our exterior journey reflects the interior journey. One of the great things about travelling and the development of your creativity is that it offers you a different perspective and not just the obvious things like, culture, scenery and customs. It also takes you out of your comfort zone, away from the familiar, which can totally unnerve you or you can surrender to the adventure of it all and dive into the new world you find yourself within.

Travelling  through the world

Travelling through the world

I don’t know about you, but I always find myself  so charged up and eager to create when I come back from my travels.  I think this is what Julia Cameron has in mind when she asks you to take yourself on an Artist Date every week.  It is like a mini vacation, a small hiccup taking us from the humdrum of life into the possibility of discovering something extraordinary. After all, as artists and creators, is that not what we are trying to accomplish when we birth a creation, be it a book, a film, a poem or an artwork? Aren’t we offering others a small step into the alternate universe of the world we have created?

So travelling allows us to bring back a bit of something else from somewhere else.  To add to our creative store house in the castle of our memory. Here are some snippets of things I’ve bought back with me from this trip. You can focus on the big…

Travelling, Old Puriri Tree

Old Puriri Tree

From the Macrocosm to the Microcosm…. or the detail, each have something to offer and a different kind of beauty in their own way.

Travelling, Bleaced Leaves and Weathered Wood

Bleached Leaves and Weathered Wood

 

Look at the amazing, subtle tones and colours in this picture above, of flotsam washed up on the beach. The things in Nature, always complement each other so beautifully.

This Weeks Question: By travelling to somewhere new this week, what can you find in Nature to be amazed by?  Please share your thoughts below.

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: News From The Studio

Image Creds:

Photo by WikiImages (Pixabay)

Photo by Hermann (Pixabay)

 

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

Mythic Journey

Of course the Mythic Journey began a long time ago, both yours and mine. It is the story of our live’s struggles, tragedies and triumphs. You may not feel your life is this grand, however it is a unique story. It is your story, no one elses. You get to say what happens, no one else. There are common things that happen in our mythic journey, here is how mine was travelling at one point.

Abandoned rollercoaster

Abandoned roller coaster

  • I once thought my roller coaster, out of control life was other people’s fault – how could it possibly be mine?
  • This is a common perception in the early stage of the Mythic Journey. The young hero or heroine, cannot see/understand that their emotional focus and desire drives toward them, the events of their lives.
  • Thus they cannot take personal responsibility and therefore cannot fix what is wrong.
  • Then because they blame others for their problems, they have given away their power.
  • This means they cannot change the things that are happening to them because they think they require others to change, not themselves.

Well that was very pithy for a Thursday morning!

However, this is such an important subject and my current series of works is a reflection of this subject in my own life.

Working on the retrospective story,  I’ve come to discover that it seems, no matter what I’m painting, that there is a reflection of what’s happening in my life and often a story that is mythic in association with those events. My heroine is telling that story through the paint, even though I may not realize it at the time.

On to imagery – Last week’s work completes itself! Well not really, it seems I did have some input on that!

Mythic Journey V a

Mythic Journey II  nearly done

 

And here is the finished work…. Here we see the dress floating out of the dark, further into the light now than in the previous version.  There is a feeling of freedom and joy now, such as one experiences after leaving behind old habits of being.

As usual, it is hard to photograph a work with a lot of dark in it, to do justice to both the highlights and the shadows.

Look For Next Thursday’s Post: The Mythic Journey continues , tracing roots back to Coromandel and filming the birth of a painting series.

Pix Credits: Roller coaster image sourced from Pinterest

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