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 makes an artists lifestyle something to be envied?

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Well now that’s a great question isn’t it?

  • Is it being able to sleep in and get up whenever you feel like it?
  • Or having wild arty parties


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  • Perhaps it is all that spare time we have
  • Or not having any boss
  • Is it that an artist’s lifestyle is envied because we seem to be so free or unafraid to be different?
  • Do you think artists are living their dream and that is unattainable for most people
  • Artists seem to live a life of freedom

The True Realities Of The Artist’s Lifestyle

Of course some of the above are true, however in reality they are possibilities rather than what happens on a daily basis.

  • We can sleep in, but like any other job, that doesn’t get the work done.
  • We do have a boss and that is ourselves, a much harder task master than you might ever imagine.  There is no one else to discipline us if we are late for work, or make us go out and approach the galleries, or simply show up on front of the easel.
  • The wild arty parties, well I can’t speak for all artists of course, however most of us seem to slow down some what after we get past about the mid twenties or certainly into the forties, once one has children and a mortgage. Yes artists do have those you know.
  • As to a life of freedom – if you only knew – we are harried by the creative muse, chronic self doubts about our talent or lack of it, caught in the cycle of creative exhilaration or totally blocked and a lack of financial freedom for many but the few very successful ones.   Most artists have their art biz  and other work which pays the bills.
  • There is always that tug of war going on about how authentic you are going to be to your creative vision when you get to the canvas, or are you going to paint for money because the two while not necessarily mutually exclusive, are often at loggerheads.
  • An artist is an entrepreneur – an artpreneur if you like. With that job description, goes all the risks and stresses that go with any cutting edge business. There is fierce competition and a limited number of commercial galleries willing to show one’s art.
  • One must look at different revenue streams and alternate places to show your work.
  • This is not for the faint hearted!


Photo by iamboskro

Photo by icanteachyouhowtodoit


Quite a lot has been going on in the studio since my last post. I’d like to share with you my journey into the emerging work of the Krysalis painting


Chrysalis is a bold piece of work that has a beautiful story connected to its emergence. While being slightly decorative in its abstraction, it has a strength and harmony that  would offer a dramatic addition to your living space. If you like your artworks to hold more than paint and canvas, this one certainly does that.  I was fascinated by the  swirling motifs, one of which clearly resembles a heart or fish-hook.  The fish-hook is a central Maori symbol which represents  strength, good luck and safe travel across water. ( Which also speaks to the fact that many refugees travel across water seeking freedom).  These markings were placed there by the sculptor using traditional Maori techniques, working with fire and clay.

My inspiration for this emerging work came from  a sculpture by Will Ngakuru, which I saw in Rotorua, New Zealand. The sculpture was part of several that had been commissioned to commemorate the Anzacs (Australian and New Zealand soldiers fallen in battle.)  I’ve called my work ‘Chrysalis’  because we see the figure in a stage of metamorphosis – emerging into a new and better version of itself. The chrysalis is the container of possibility. I feel that displaced people, refugees,  have the possibility of the Chrysalis in beginning a new chapter in their lives.  Often our best work is forged in the crucible of life’s biggest challenges.

I love the whole chain of connection that has led to this painting. It is a work grounded in the gift of a sculptor honouring people’s struggle for higher ideals – freedom. The piece couldn’t have been made without Will’s work ‘Continuum’ and I offer thanks for his beautiful creation which led to the birth of mine.

36″x 33

91 x 84 cm

Oil on Canvas



Look For Next Week’s Post: What makes an artists lifestyle something to be envied?

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Get your Hidden insights, into the creative process now

In gaining hidden insights into the creative process we have to consider the fact that we all process differently. What works for one person may not work for you or I. Of course has been much written about the process of creativity. There are however several key steps in this process regardless of whether you are creating a large project, a painting, design whatever it might be.


1.The Seed

It begins with a thought, an idea, the seed, which you have to act on. It’s a risk because you don’t know if it’s going to work but you have to go for it if you believe in it.

2. Mulling It Over

Next step can be to throw the idea out to someone else, friends, community, your mentor,  the people who are going to support you on your journey. Engage and involve them. You might not take this step at this point for a simple thing like a painting, however it might be good to take if you are thinking about putting an exhibition together with a whole series of works. Discussing your ideas with someone helps to flush them out and gives you a chance to make course corrections and so on.

3. Be A Sponge.

The creative process does not happen in a vacuum. In order to create we need input which then equals output. At this stage, you need to act like a sponge, soaking up many different ideas. Look at different mediums, other artists, go to galleries, look in magazines or trawl Pinterest. Our minds often put disparities together to create a new and wonderful thing. If there’s nothing in there to put together then you get nothing coming out. Zero IN = zero or garbage OUT!

4. Crafting

In the stage you are building the skeleton. Is the armature that everything hangs off. If you don’t have a strong foundation to your idea it will collapse. Therefore establishing structure is very important. I often use mind mapping at this point to get my creative juices flowing in some useful and quirky directions.

5. The Shadow

It is at about this time that your shadow will arrive. Fear, dread, doubt, and many other nasty little negatives will pop up, all determined to derail you. This is when you are ready to throw in the towel and that nasty little voice in your head, will try to convince you that there are a thousand reasons why you should do so, all seeming to be quite plausible. I find this stage turns up no matter what the creative thing is that I’m doing. Every painting I’ve ever painted has gone through a patch where I felt – it’s not working, it’ll never be any good, and you might as well quit while you’re ahead.


These are the first five hidden insights into the creative process. There are five more to come which I will place in next week’s Post. It is often a good thing to know where in the creative process you actually are, particularly when you get to the shadow part. To recognise this is where you are and deal with it accordingly can certainly speed up your progress.  We will explore this further next week.

This Weeks Question: Do you have any hidden insights into your own creative process you’d like to share?

Look For Next Week’s Post: More on creative Process – well my process – an update on emerging works.


Photo by mripp

What is the most exciting thing about the business of art?

The business of art has many strings to its bow. What many young artists wanting to become professionals don’t realise, is that they must become  entrepreneurs. There are many different ways of putting one’s foot in the door so to speak. Some of these are:

1. Become an art dealer.  Open your own space at the high end of town if you can afford to. Run your own gallery space.
2. Try your hand at teaching art.
3. Do custom airbrushing on anything from t-shirts to cars.
4. Work with stained glass if you are a mosaic artist.
5. Perhaps you have a Flair for caricature.If so this is something you can make money from at country fairs,festivals and markets
6. Start a face painting business for children’s parties and at markets
7. Many artists make a living doing tattoos these days.
8. Another artistic area is being a make-up artist. There are different ways you can pursue this with companies like Nutrimetics or Mary Kay.
9. You also might go into the world of graphic design. 1/3 of graphic designers are self employed, working from home.
10. There is always something like the silk screen business.

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Art Classes

So you can see there are many ways to support yourself as an artist and still be able to follow your passion in whatever area that might be.

So perhaps the most exciting thing about the business of art is that there is so much choice, to follow your passions and make money at the same time.

Let’s face it, there are very few artists who survives by full time painting, sculpting or whatever their art practice is. However that doesn’t mean you have to work at an ordinary nine to five job. I spend 14 hours a week working teaching classes and the rest of the time I split between my art practice and running both businesses. This provides me with a comfortable income and I get to do something I love everyday.

This Weeks Question:What art business can you engage in to support your art practice?

Look For Next Week’s Post: Accessing your creativity

What Is The Best Place To Buy Art From?

What Is The Best Place To Buy Art From? That’s a valid question.

These days there are many different  kinds of venues we can buy it from. The question is, is it better to buy from one place rather than another.
Let’s take a look at some of the places you might purchase art from. To be clear, we’re speaking of Originals not prints, which can be purchased from practically any department store these days.

  • Galleries
  • Coffee shops
  • Online galleries
  • Gift shops
  • Markets
  • EBay
  • Open Studio exhibitions
  • Boutique Hotels

Of course this list is not by any means exhaustive. The venues on this list will often have quite different types of art works at different price points. For example, in a  boutique hotel, the artist may be showing their art for free and receiving a no commission sale if the work sells. However this kind of venue is more generally favoured by emerging artists.

So if you were looking to collect emerging artists this type of venue might be a good place to start looking. Providing you understand what type of artist you are collecting and have some idea of the provenance of their works thus far, then you might be lucky enough to collect a Rising Star.  Another place you can often find emerging or experimental artists, is in group exhibitions held in artist run spaces. Many of the larger galleries will keep an eye on these venues and often collect artists from them for their own stables.

What Is The Best Place To Buy Art From,107 Project Sydney

107 Project Sydney

If on the other hand you are more interested in a well established artist then you would be looking too explore the more established galleries. The higher end the gallery then obviously the larger the price ticket that will be attached to the works, and possibly the more secure your investment.

This Weeks Question: What is your priority when collecting art?

Look For Next Week’s Post: What is the most exciting thing about the business of art?


New Horizons Triptych  Fully Revealed

Finally I can show you the New Horizons Triptych finished.  It was rather a marathon effort I have to say.  My previous post on the subject revealed the latter moments of the second panel. This week I am sharing my vlog of the third and final panel and a photo of the whole thing completed at the end.

You will see the journey of the refugee, from a troubled homeland to a new homeland in the third and final panel.  Some of the other paintings in this series deal with specific difficulties faced by the refugees such as we see in  The Boat People below.

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The Boat People

One of the terrors faced by these refugees is capsizing and drowning amidst raging seas and flying flotsam – as depicted in this work. An amazing story of such bravery recently came to light in the Olympics when the story of Yusra  Mardini,

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Yusra Mardini

one of the Olympic athletes, was revealed.  She escaped war-torn Syria with her sister last year but after making it to Turkey they struck trouble when they set off for Greece. The sisters saved their own lives and 18 others, preventing their sinking boat from capsizing in the Aegean Sea. When the motor failed they leaped over the side and into the freezing waters, pushing the boat for three hours to safety. 

My work is a tribute the bravery of all those who flee their homes, looking for a safer, better life.

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New Horizons

This Weeks Question: What can you do to help refugees?

Look For Next Week’s PostMore handy tips for art collectors.



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