Called to create – are you?

Continuing our discussion from last week, lets take a look at the question that was posed.

What is the invisible box hindering your creativity?

So you have a unique ability and don’t really want to share it with the world.  Well that’s OK. However this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do your best to develop it. And the thing is that even if you don’t personally get around to sharing it, some one at some point will and others will benefit.  There are so many artists down through history, who didn’t become famous till after they had died.

What if Van Gogh had decided not to keep on painting, despite the lack of recognition he received when he was alive.  We would not be able to see his beautiful works today. But he didn’t hold back.  He kept on working until the end of his life.  Do we have the right to do any less?

Well, we all have free will you might argue, and certainly we do, and you may say there are other things you have to do. Be that as it may, my question is, why don’t you want to do the thing you are best in the world at?

In a word it all comes back to  fear. Fear can take many forms, and it will nearly always stop us from doing something that we want to do. The thing is to understand what you are afraid of, because then you can deal with it.. As the saying goes – ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’.

One of the best kept secrets in the world is that of how to deal with fear.  So I would suggest that your invisible box more than likely has a rather fancy wrapping paper  of fear around it.

gift wrapped box photo

Check out next week’s post for more on fear.

This weeks question: What are you afraid of?  What fear is keeping you stuck or away from your art?

Look For Thursday’s Post:  Southland Studies

Next Monday’s Post: Fear and Creating

Posted By:  Kadira Jennings

Photo by Muffet

I have been working on the Southland Series, working up one of the areas of the Southern Hills II painting in some small trial paintings, with a view to doing a larger version a bit further down the track.. There is an area of the original painting that I think bears further exploration, and may become almost abstract in the process….. see below

Studies For Southland Series

Southern Hills snippet

So I’m looking at a couple of different ways to treat this area.

Here are the first stages of that….

Southland Series - Study I

And this…..

Southland Series - Study 2 -Underpainting

Study 2 -Underpainting

 

Southland Series Study  2 -Underpainting

Southland Study 2 -Underpainting further on…

 

Next Thursday’s Post: Southland Studies Finished

Next Monday’s Post: Called To Create

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Songs of the Sea – finished

To continue following the path of this work you can see that
I have deliberately left the dark, running, underpainting visible, through the layers of water, as I think this gives the work that mysterious depth in the water, that you get from an aerial perspective.

Songs Of The Sea

Waves are in!

I loved the abstract way the waves wash the top of the image.  It throws your sense of perspective and makes it difficult to figure out just exactly what you are looking at. the waves and sand have been painted in here and there are only a few finishing touches to go.  And here is the finished painting…..

Songs Of The Sea - Kadira Jennings

As you can see there has been a lot more depth added to the colour of the painting in both the sand and the sea, to give it a final impact and depth.

If you would like to see more of my completed work, head on over to my on line portfolio.

Next Thursday’s Post: Dabbling with some new ideas

Next Monday’s Post:  The Calling To Create

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SONGS OF THE SEA

As always – I began with an underpainting. – burnt sienna and then blocked in with the French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna mix as usual.  I have begun with the sand area at the top of the painting.

Songs of the sea - under painting

Under painting

This work is taken off an image I shot while on a helicopter ride one day. Near where I live is a place called The Entrance where a narrow sea inlet feeds into a large lake system.  The day I took this image I was flying of a stretch of dunes and water just to the north of this area.

Songs Of The Sea - green blocked in

First layer of the ocean has been applied now

This painting involved several thin layers of paint to establish the almost translucent look of the water. I used a lot of medium with the paint.  By the next post you will see the finished work.

If you would like to see more of my completed work, head on over to my on line portfolio.

Next Thursday’s Post: Songs of the Sea Finished

Next Monday’s Post:  Guerrilla Marketing – a book review

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This is a theme that has been popping up a bit this year.  A couple of weeks ago I was commissioned to do a painting to match one that one of my collectors  bought earlier in the year. She requested a similar scene but with a more moody/misty feel to it.

Here is the painting’s history.

Waitete Revisited Kadira Jennings,New Romantic Paintings

Waitete Revisited – Underpainting – block in

OMG there’s an elephant in the sky!!

Which progressed to an under layer of colour and establishing the sky clouds.  These clouds flowed really smoothly – such a pleasure  to paint when it all works!

Waitete Revisited Kadira Jennings,New Romantic Paintings

Initial colour layer and cloud work

And many layers later  – after more work on the clouds, mist and foreground we have …….

Waitete Revisited Kadira Jennings,New Romantic Paintings

The Finished Painting
18″ x 18″

And here they are together

Waitete Paintings

Waitete Paintings

 

For a better look at it – please visit my website Waitete Revisited

Next Thursday’s Post: The Value of Underpainting

Next Monday’s Post: Creative Processes – Talking About Resistance

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Yeah!! Its finished. It is finally finished! Pretty much a marathon really.

Here are the final stages. You can see I took it even further out there than last weeks image…. and then scrapped most of it….

Dance of Life Kadira Jennings,New Romantic Paintings

Dance of Life Take … How many was that?

and here ….. drum roll!!! Its Finished!!! This is the final abandonment of the image.  “A painting is never finished – merely abandoned” Leonardo Da Vinci.

The Dance of Life - Completed,Kadira Jennings,New Romantic Paintings

The Dance of Life – Completed

For a better look at it visit my website ‘The Dance Of Life’  You can blow the image up to full screen size on that page.

Next Thursday’s Post: Working on a commission

Next Monday’s Post:  Colour Mixing – The Yellows

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

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