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

As I was walking along the beach recently it occurred to me what an important part creativity plays in our self development.

Why is this?  Because if we follow our true creative path and many of us don’t, we will be required to deal with our fears.

In February – I went to see Jan Campion’s movie – Bright Star.  The movie is an interesting look at someone who despite all, lived into his creative potential.  It is based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats’ untimely death at age 25.  However like so many creatives, he died thinking himself a failure and yet he is now considered to be one of,  if not the greatest of the Romantic poets.  He lived and breathed his gift and along that path, faced destitution (the starving artist)  and that  eternal conflict between love and art that so many creatives experience.

‘BUT’ – some of you may say ‘ I’m too old, too busy, too weak, too committed to other things etc. etc. to begin now’. And to each and every one of you who would use such an excuse to deprive the world of your magnificence, I would say(as does Abraham)” that no matter where you are – put your boat into the stream now and let it carry you down stream.   Don’t struggle against the  current of what if’s and I’m no good – just begin and go with the flow.”

It is never to late to begin unfolding your own creativity.  Start Today!

Here is a beautiful image  by Greig Fraser from his gallery in the Bright Star  Production scrapbook.  This movie was not only about the artists’ struggle but like all creative endeavors I’m sure contained fears to be overcome for all the different individuals involved in it.   If they hadn’t individually over come these challenges the world would have been deprived of this insightful, wonderful movie.

bright star

What Is Art

This quote from Seth Godin-Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? says it all  – what do you think?   ‘ Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another’

Stony Bay oil on canvas 28x40”       ©2010 Kadira Jennings

Stony Bay oil on canvas 28x40” ©2010 Kadira Jennings

Creativity Tips

This is something I’ve been meaning to start for a while and Im going to kick off with a short video.  Im just new to the video game so not an expert at this genre yet !

If you have any creativity, tips, tricks or things you’d like to share, please do, so we can help each other on our creative journeys.

I encourage you to really use this technique because it helps to connect you to your

creative flow.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with the product mentioned in this video.

One of the exercises  in our blogging course this week is to come up with ideas for 20 posts – so here they are – and you might expect to see a post on them at some time in the future !

Book reviews

  1. The Artists Way
  2. The Art of Possibility
  3. Italian Joy


  1. Melissa from Jiva – Sydney dress designer
  2. Annie – Phototales
  3. Carol – Jewellery designer
  4. Prue – Film maker

How to’s

  1. Stretch a canvas – Video
  2. Paint trees – Video
  3. The basics of colour mixing
  4. Apply gold leaf

Other Ideas

  1. Dealing with creative blocks
  2. Artists dates
  3. Studio Practise
  4. Creativity and change – video
  5. Creativity in business
  6. Dealing with starving artist syndrome
  7. Abundance for artists
  8. Dealing with creative criticism
  9. Who am I creating for
  10. Creativity and time management
  11. Setting up an art studio
  12. The Business of Art
  13. Web 2.0 for creatives
  14. What is an Inner Print
  15. You  have a creative genius – what is it
  16. Insights into the creative process

Putting the Heart into Art  – that’s it in a nutshell really.  Are you familiar with the term Heart Intelligence .   Its a fascinating concept and many artists and creatives  use their Heart Intelligence  quite intuitively when they work.

Heart Intelligence requires 2 skills, one is to be internally aware in any given moment of what you are feeling ( not what you think you should be) and also simultaneously having relational awareness i.e. the ability of  knowing others.  I think that what art does is allows you to access that place in your heart ,  and express that through your chosen medium.  After all every creative work is an expression of the internal awareness of its creator and putting it out there to be shared with others..  I have had a couple of extraordinary experiences in which a painting told me an amazing story  that I didn’t know was unfolding even as I was painting it.

Allow me to share this with you and I think you may well agree that it was an amazing experience.  This story begins actually with the end of a painting .  The painting you see below was finished.

Abstract landscape

Abstract landscape

I put down the brush and knew that it didn’t require another brushstroke.  So what’s the problem you may well ask.  Well the problem was that it didn’t feel finished.  When you do something do you ever have to reach an internal place that feels just right to you, in order to feel it is complete and move on. Well I always look for that when I’m painting.

So to return to the painting – I looked and looked at it – went away, came back, left it over night, sat in front of it again  – nah – still that nagging feeling and still no solution.   Left it another night , came down the stairs into the studio the next morning and walked right up to it and turned it around, till it looked like this!  And it was complete!

The Watcher

The Watcher

Well that was literally a shocking experience – here was a painting I had tried so hard to paint as an abstract, using some melded landscape photos and look what turned up.

Now do you know anything about symbolism?  Well I was familiar with a bit of it and immediately recognized several symbols in this picture.  There I was sitting on a rock with a hood on my head.  The hood was piereced with holes.  Behind the figure back to back is another figure looking out into a landscape  and off  to the right hand side of the picture a rather obese looking person slinking around – I was struggling with weight issues at the time.  Then there are more shadowy figures in the dark area at the upper left of the painting.  All these figures represented someone in my life at that time – it was a chillingly acurate portrait of my life during that period – I was in shock for several days.  My heart, intuition call it what you will made me pay attention to myself  in a way I could no longer ignore – it was truly amazing.

Do you think this was Heart Intelligence at work?

Our first  assignment is to describe the people we want to visit and read our blogs.

I am an artist and my real passion is creativity. The people who may experience an instant connection to this blog are those who recognize that they are creative.  Although I am primarily a visual artist and now a budding writer, I would like to think that creatives from all walks of life will gain benefit from my blog.  The issues I post about are usually related to the creative journey in some way, offering insights and knowledge gained during the course of my creative career.

However I would also like to think that my blog offers food for thought to those of us who don’t think they have any creativity.   That it might give them the courage to have a look and be delighted and surprised at their own- magnificence – to not put too finer point on it.    It is my passionate belief that we all have a creative genius within us waiting to be uncovered and so my blog is to encourage those of us who haven’t discovered this part of themselves yet.

In particular I would like to reach out to people in the business world who think that creativity is largely irrelevant in that arena.  They couldn’t be more wrong, especially in today’s economic environment.  If you have any doubts about this – read Seth Godin’s latest book –Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

The  other group of people who may enjoy this blog are those who are interested in self development.  Unfolding one’s creativity,  is a journey of the soul and calls to all of us if we are able to hear and be open to our voice within. So many of my students are amazed at the qualities they find themselves developing through their art practice.

Therefore if you like reading my blog you probably fall somewhere between the ages of 20 and 120, you might live anywhere in the world and currently most likely speak English. Your interests probably lie more in the arts than sciences and you may be interested in developing innovative changes in your business environment.  You enjoy personal challenges and are interested in the  arts and creativity.

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