Celebrating Creativity

Hi I'm Kadira Jennings, welcome to Unfolding Creativity, a portal to Abundance Through Creativity.

I am a creative artist celebrating and encouraging the creative in all of us.

My blog is a discussion, and creativity resource. Please take your time, look around and join the conversation if you would like to.
It is my passionate belief that we all have deep within us a creative genius just waiting for half a chance to get out no matter what field we work or play in.

''There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.''
Martha Graham

 

What Is The Hidden Short Cut To Evolving A Body Of Work?

Well, if you want the truth – the shocking truth is – there is none!

Evolving a body of work is something that happens over a period of time.  Artists go about this in different ways.  Some never really plan a body of work, they might explore a certain subject for a while and then move on to something else. However over time they build up a collection of works that are all in a similar style of painting.  There is something that unifies them.  It might be the palette they are using, the style of their brush strokes, or the subject matter itself, but it will be something that is unique to them. 

evolving a body of work,van gogh,painting in a series     evolving a body of work,van gogh,painting in a series

If we look at the two works above we can quite clearly identify that they are very similar in the way they have been painted and would conclude that they have been done by the same artist.  Which of course they have – the amazing Van Gogh.

If you are looking for gallery representation, you are more likely to obtain it if the gallerist can see some kind of continuity in your work. So unfortunately the only short cut to getting a body of work together, is to do many paintings, sculptures or other creative mediums.

As with everything else in the art world, there are unspoken rules and yet it is my view that the people we often regard as the greatest creatives, are the ones who have been courageous enough to throw the rule book out the window. However when it comes to getting work hung in a gallery, you need to know the ‘rules’ that the gallerist is running. Research is your greatest ally.  Does the gallery tend to show similar types of works? Check out their archives.  Have they ever shown work like yours. Did that artist have a cohesive body of work or not?

Take a look at my latest body  of work and see if you can identify what holds it together.

This Weeks Question: What things about your work lend it to being a cohesive body of work?

Next Weeks Post: Art Course review.

What Is The Biggest Colour Mixing Challenge For Artists?

I have spent many years teaching people to paint. During that time, I found the biggest colour mixing  challenge is understanding clearly, why colours give the results they do. For this reason I have developed a series of colour mixing workshops to address this problem.

No More Mud – Colour Mixing Workshops

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The colour mixing challenge is one of the most difficult things an artist  has to do.  Even an artist who has been painting for some while can still have problems with getting just the right colour and there is always more to learn. To begin with, one must learn the basic colour mixing principles which are a lot more complicated than,  yellow and blue make green.

In February and March this year 2017 I will be holding two colour workshops.

In the Introductory Workshop you will learn:
  • The basics—so you can understand why you get a particular colour from different colour combinations.
  • This workshop will give you a strong grounding in the science of colour mixing. Without this basic understanding you will always find it difficult to mix the colour that you want.
  • You will gain colour mixing experience and understand the differences between Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours.
  • We will take a look at complementary colours and why they are important.
  • You will learn about the differences between tone, colour, hue and why things happen the way they do.
  • This workshop will provide you with a beginning understanding of the colour mixing challenge and set you on your way to controlling colour confidently.

In the Advanced Workshop you will learn:

The second colour workshop will cover more advanced colour mixing knowledge. In order to attend this workshop you will have had to have done the introductory workshop first.

  • More on colour values
  • Mixing dominant and subordinate colour
  • Abstract Complementaries
  • Colour discords
  • Analogous colours and split complementaries
  • The psychology of colour
  • We will look at relationships between colours, how they affect each other and how you can use this to your advantage.

These workshops will be for a full day and will be held on the following dates:

Introductory workshop Sunday February 19th

Advanced workshop Sunday March 5th

HOW MUCH IS MY INVESTMENT? : Full Price $215 for each workshop

EARLY BIRD PAYMENT FOR FIRST WORKSHOP: Closes Feb 5th.

EARLY BIRD PAYMENT FOR SECOND WORKSHOP:  Closes Feb

Early Bird Payment is $190 each workshop. If you book for both workshops you will receive a further $10 discount on the total. Your total payment therefore will be $370.

A Payment plan is also available. You may spread the payments over 3, monthly payments of $80 per month for each workshop.

TIME: Workshops are from 9am—4pm. It is a full day so you will need to bring lunch. Morning and afternoon tea are provided.

VENUE: Studio 1—60 Maitland Rd, Springfield

WHAT TO BRING: Once you have paid you will receive a follow-up email with details of what you will need to bring. If you have any questions, please call or email me.

NB: When you have booked please email me that you have done so and I will email you a list of the materials you will need to bring.

CONTACT DETAILS: Kadira Ph: 04144 38121 or email kadira@artclassescentralcoast.com

 

These workshops fill fast!! So if you are contemplating doing it – please don’t think about it too long.

NB: When you make a payment please email me that you have done so and I will email you a list of the materials you will need to bring.

kadira@artclassescentralcoast.com

TIMES: Both Workshops are from 9am—4pm. It is a full day so you will need to bring lunch.  Morning and afternoon tea are provided.

VENUE: Studio 1—60 Maitland Rd, Springfield

WHAT TO BRING: Once you have paid your deposit you will receive a follow-up email with details of what you will need to bring.  If you have any questions, please call or email me.

These workshops fill fast!! So if you are contemplating doing it – please don’t think about it too long.

The bank details are below –

Please put your FIRST NAME, LAST INITIAL and the following codes depending on what you are attending ….    WKSHP I, WKSHP II  or BOTH WKSHP on your deposit information.

 

NAME: Art Classes Central Coast

BANK: (Westpac Erina) 

BSB: 032564

A/C:  255662

 

If you have any questions — please call me…. Kadira—04144 38121 however please note I will be unavailable to take calls between 7th – 21st April.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

What some previous participants had to say about the workshops:
  • “Great place for me to start. Lots of practice to do at home. I will definitely come for more workshops.” Kim C
  • “Definitely informative – practical info that will definitely be used and referred to in class and future art works.  Great to learn basics.”  Stephanie M
  • “Really helpful learning, fun and relaxed environment.  I’d definitely recommend this workshop to others.  The stand out for me? ‘The Book’ – a great reference to keep and the ‘hands on’ which helped to bring the learning to life. ” Marg H

Buying art comes in many forms. 

This is something that we can begin with a few dollars or thousands of dollars. However the process, whether we spend a large amount or a small one is essentially the same. There are four main steps to buying art, and there are two main ways of going about it that you might consider. The first way is  that of buying randomly, whatever takes your fancy.  The second is that you spend some time, do some research and take an ordered approach, so that you end up with the best possible outcome.

Step 1: The first thing you need to think about is what kind of art you like and whether or not you are only collecting art for your own personal enjoyment or whether you are investing with a view to buying and selling the works and make you a profit. You also need to put some thought into what kind of art really speaks to your soul, particularly if you are following the first approach to collecting. You don’t want to invest in something you will get tired of quickly.   There are so many different types of art these days, from paintings and sculpture to digital artwork and installations. On top of that there are all the different artistic styles – do you like contemporary abstract painting, or are you a fan of photo realism?
Another thing to think about is whether or not you want to spread your investment over a range of different types of artworks, as suggested above. Some collectors take this approach as they feel they are not putting all their eggs in one basket so to speak.

Buying Art,Girl With A Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Girl With A Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Other collectors, ones that have an open bank account, may specialize in collecting a particular art genre like Old Masters.

Step 2: This step involves a lot more. When you have decided what kind of art you wish to collect you now have to search for and select the individual artworks that you would like to add to your collection, that are aligned with the guidelines that you established in Step 1. To be able to do this you will need to dip your toe into the mysterious and fascinating world of art dealers, art galleries, artists and the art community in general. You will need to familiarise yourself with the buyer’s role in purchasing art, if you are looking at putting together a serious collection which will grow in value over time.

In a future blog post I will go into steps three and four and look at steps one and two in more depth.  However you have enough information to begin the process with steps one and two.

This Weeks Question: How much thought have you put into establishing or growing your art collection?

Look For Next Week’s Post: What is the biggest colour challenge for  artists? Colour workshops coming up.

What is the secret to Intuitive Marketing?

Did you know there is such thing as intuitive marketing? Sometimes people get a bit funny when you talk about intuition, they think it is just a woman thing. However if  you speak to many entrepreneurs, you will discover that at the end of the day they rely quite heavily on their intuition. And whats more they will tell you that they rely on it to help them to make good decisions in their businesses. First they listen to advice from others and then follow their intuition on that advice.

Intuitive marketing, Intuition

I did a course recently on intuitive marketing and it can be applied to any business. In fact it can be applied to any area of your life really, well the intuition part. I believe that artists should be very good at this form of marketing, as many of us rely on our intuitive responses to the canvas as we paint. It is something that we get good at over time listening to that feeling, is this a good move or bad one?

So how can we apply it to the marketing process. Well it is all about decisions really. And those decisions rely on questions. The better the quality of your questions the better your intuitive decisions will be. How does this process work?

Let’s look at an example. You may have a choice of two galleries you want to submit your work to,  so the question to ask in this case would be…..

How successful will my art business be in 5 years time if, I sign up with Gallery A? Now, as you ask this question, you need to pay careful attention to how you feel. What you need to be aware of when you ask the question is, do you feel a heaviness around that question, or in your body, or does your mind feel cloudy or heavy when you think about that option? Or does it feel light, do you feel energized and eager to move forward with it? Then go through the same process for gallery B and compare your feelings related to the two galleries. Decide which feels lighter and follow the lightness.

And that’s it! I know it just sounds deceptively simple, however, don’t be fooled, this is a very powerful technique! 

Also don’t leave out the 5 years piece either.  This is an essential part of what helps us to tap into that intuitive stream, as it takes us out of focusing on short-term fears and problems or even goals, that may be leading us in the wrong direction.

The key to it is learning to feel which question feels heavier and which one feels lighter.  And the process can be done for anything at all, with a little tweaking of the question.

This Weeks Question: What marketing decision are you making this year that you could apply the intuitive marketing process to??

Look For Next Week’s PostWhat Is The Art of Buying Art?

 

Exhibition is Unhung and Intriguing Evolutions for 2017
TakeDown, Studio Unhung,kadira Jennings, exhibition ends

What goes Up Must Come Down!

 

Unhung it is!  The exhibition has ended and I hope you managed to drop by and see it. You might think that taking down an exhibition would be quick and easy. Well, not so easy I would have to say.  I thought it was only going to take me half an hour or so.  Nope. It turned into two hours, by the time I took all the labels off the wall,

 

Exhibition Unhung,TakeDown, Studio Unhung,kadira Jennings, exhibition ends

 

took the paintings down and then wrapped them all up and put them in the car. And don’t the walls look bare…..

Exhibition Unhung,TakeDown, Studio Unhung,kadira Jennings, exhibition ends

 

Intriguing Evolutions for 2017

So a New Year has arrived, and as always – new beginnings. One big change I have coming soon is to my newsletters.  I am going to combine them into a magazine format that you can read on-line. I am excited about this change, as it will allow me to have more pages and an updated look.  There will be regular features popping up each month as well as different features, such as exhibition reviews and interviews with different creative people. 

So if you are expecting your regular newsletter in the next week or so, I’m sorry to say it wont be arriving.  However there is something bigger and better to look forward to.

 

This Weeks Question: What evolution are you unfolding in the coming year, either in your personal life, or your business?

Look For Next Week’s Post: What is the secret to Intuitive Marketing?

Sparkling New Year

A Sparkling New Year Has Arrived!

Of course, we all wonder what a Sparkling New Year might hold and breathe a sigh of relief that the previous one is finally done.  Things will get better we cheerfully tell ourselves.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favour of optimism.  However optimism on its own rarely achieves anything.

Looking back at 2016, we are not left with a very pretty sight. The world was beset by so many senseless acts of terrorism, bloody debilitating wars, and poverty and slavery on a global scale.  Then of course we had the ongoing battle with giant corporations backed by greedy men doing incredibly damaging things to the health of our planet, like fracking, chopping down huge areas of trees and manufacturing pesticides highly toxic to bees.  On top of this our world financial system is on the verge of collapse and it seems that no one really knows quite what to do about that.

However is this necessarily a bad thing – the fact that it’s collapsing? Sometimes we need to experience radical change in our lives in order to move onto something better. If we are too afraid to make the changes ourselves then we often find that some outside event will force our hand, which can be even more traumatic. Therefore we need to look at what changes we can make, before other things force us to do so.

We are global citizens now and can no longer really hide from that fact.  As artists and creators it is my belief that we have  a twofold, sacred,  responsibility; to mirror back to others the world we live in, or some aspect of it and to offer an alternative vision of hope and beauty.  Artists have long been on the cutting edge of protests against tyranny and the erosion of freedom. And of course the curbing of free speech and  the creative arts is one of the first things oppressive systems try to shut down, be they political, religious or philosophical movements. Why else do you think there were moves afoot this last year by governments and large corporations,  to try to curb the internet – control what we can say and do on it.

“I was very impressed by Avaaz’s massive 2.8-million person petition. Citizens’ concerns have been taken seriously by the European Parliament.”

Now of course many of you may be thinking, what can I do?  I am just one small voice. Well here is something we can all do.  Have you heard of a movement called AVAAZ?  It currently has 43,381,600 members and is growing daily.  It is supported solely by individual donations. Corporations are not allowed to join.  It makes your voice heard – so why don’t you join them this year. This is how you and I can help to keep the world safe, to safeguard free speech, end human trafficking, drug trafficking, fight big pharma, protect our climate and so much more.

So my challenge to you at the beginning of this Sparkling New Year, is – what are you going to do, not just for yourself, but for this beautiful planet we live on? How will you contribute to the wellbeing of humanity and the global community? How can your art practice support change and freedom in the world?

Today’s Other Question: What are you focusing on that will become your reality in 2017?

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