This is the second painting of this Landscapes of the Heart series that stands in its own right. Again it is about emotional processing – a little more optimistic perhaps than the first one – perhaps. Here I have personified the heart within its own landscape. I don’t have a lot to say about it – I must let the image speak for itself here…..

Landscapes of the Heart II, Kadira Jennings

Landscapes of the Heart II

 

 

This week’s question:  How does it make you feel? What emotion does it bring up for you?

Look For Thursday’s Post: In the closet

Next Monday’s Post: Mental Health Art awards – exhibition

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Mt Taranaki Revisited
This week after thinking about landscapes of the heart and working on the small charcoal studies of Mt Taranaki, I decided to take a make or break decision on the Mt taranaki III painting. I wasn’t that happy with it and thought there wasn’t much to lose by extending the charcoal sketch onto the painting.
Well this was one of those nail biting decisions that turned out well I’m happy to say. It is so easy to wreck a painting and never be able to even get it back to where it was in the past.

Mt Taranaki III - revisited.Kadira Jennings

Mt Taranaki III – revisited

Phew ! Happy Outcome. I was actually delighted with how it turned out – suddenly the work went from drab and menacing to uplifting.

Next Thursday’s Post: Closet Drawing

Next Monday’s Post: What Shall I Create?

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Charcoal Drawings

Charcoal Drawings

Charcoal Drawings were the flavour of the moment last week as I was playing around with a new series I’m embarking on. This series will still be in the New Romantic genre. These charcoal drawings were developed from an idea wherein I was exploring, how the idea of the heart might fit into an actual landscape. The drawings were done using willow charcoal, a pretty flexible medium – messy but favourable.  I use the willow in favour of compressed charcoal which comes in much fatter sticks and tends to go rather too dark, you don’t get as bigger range of tones out of it.  It is not as flexible to use.

charcoal drawings,Landscapes of the heart I - Kadira Jennings

Landscapes of the Heart I

 

I am thinking about turning this painting below into either version of these drawings.

charcoal drawings inspiration for Mt Taranaki

Mt Taranaki

 

charcoal drawings,Landscapes of the heart II

Landscapes of the Heart II

 

Keep an eye out for the end result in the coming weeks!

Next Thursday’s Post: Mt Taranaki revisited

Next Monday’s Post: What Shall I Create?

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Landscapes Of The Heart

I had a realization this morning when I was thinking about the direction of my work and focusing on it becoming more heart centered. I suddenly thought – ‘ There is so much I can paint about the heart and how connected we are to things, even to the landscape itself.’ In fact, landscapes of the heart seem to me to embody the concept of new romanticism in a perfect way. In pursuit of this concept, I did a small work last week, which seems to represent really how I was feeling on that day.

Landscapes of the Heart I

Landscapes of the Heart I

Next Thursday’s Post: New paintings

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