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Announcing :: Painting by Heart Online (Acrylics Edition)


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I am so happy and proud to announce that my Painting by Heart Online class (acrylics edition) is now officially open! Here's the link that you can use to enroll. Thank you to the team that helped me get this from concept to reality and for all the humans who have encouraged me and shown patience with me during this process. I'm very proud of the quality of this product and hope you enjoy it and find it beneficial to your painting journey. If you want to.

With gratitude,

Jenny
#paintingbyheartonline

April 11, 2018


614 Cora


Cora614 Cora
18x24 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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This work is first dedicated to Cora, the protagonist in The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Through the pages of this book, I've escaped to places and escaped from places with Cora. Not just places but states of mind, states of emotion ... sometimes with intent and sometimes without. Magically, actually.

Cora's journey reminds me of the places I travel in terms of my emotions ... wanting to stay at an emotion and hold onto it ... but in spite of my strong will to either stay or to go, it seems that the traveling happens in spite of my will. I just wake up sometimes and think to myself ... why am I at peace? I wanted to stay in the grief. I wanted to stay in the hurt. How did I arrive at peace? And then another time I'll wake up and wonder how I got to melancholy when I was basking in the warmth of and joy of sun. Am I moving forward? Or am I weaving in and out of tracks real and imagined? Does joy rest in hurt? Does hurt rest in peace?

This work is also dedicated to singer, Michael J. Woddard, whose recent performance of Golden Slumbers by The Beatles took my breath away. And made me think that surely, once there was a way ... and perhaps a way still, as we weave in and out of tracks that might be underground and imagined or on the ground and under the real blue sky ... sometimes through our will and sometimes magically.

 

March 25, 2018


613 Stormy Weather


Stormy2613 Stormy Weather
20x20 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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March 24, 2018


612 Emma


Emma2612 Emma
18x24 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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I referenced an image of Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors of the Parkland massacre for this work. What an inspiration she is.

March 18, 2018


611 Flower Girl


Flowergirl611 Flower Girl
8x10 inches :: original watercolor/ink/gouache/pencil on paper, mounted on cradled wood with stapled dried flower and string wrapped and tied.

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I started this demo painting yesterday during my watercolor and gouache and ink and paper workshop and finished it today.

March 17, 2018


610 Pale Pink Dress


Dress610 Pale Pink Dress
8x10 inches :: Watercolor and ink and gouache and pencil on paper mounted on wood with masking tape

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This is one of the demo works I made while teaching my watercolor and gouache class today in Studio Crescendoh.

March 11, 2018


609 In Charge


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609 In Charge
20x20 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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This is a demo painting from the private painting session I gave today to two delightful humans. While teaching, I referenced several times, some points from a recent interview that Diane von Furstenberg gave to Katie Couric where she describes the ultimate woman as the woman who is in charge ... not necessarily in charge like a boss but in charge of her life, her decisions, her destiny. I really love that concept. And so too in painting ... I feel what I like to teach is for the painter to be in charge of the canvas ... to embrace all the strokes including problems that arise in the process and not become immobilized by them but to resolve them the way I want to resolve them and to be unafraid of going to uncharted territory in the process.

March 05, 2018


608 No Regrets


Julie608 No Regrets
24x18 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I painted this subject once before and have decided to paint it again. The cyclist's name is Juli Briskman from Virginia, who was fired for having flipped off the Moronic Motorcade and says she has no regrets for what she did. Said Juli: "All my frustration about this administration just welled up inside me and I started thinking about the things that I think are going wrong right now in the country ... that was the only way I had to give him the message I wanted to give him. It felt great."

Upon learning of Juli losing her job, someone started a GoFundMe account on behalf, raising $90K for her. Juli has also received numerous job offers from around the world. She is grateful.

March 04, 2018


Announcing my UCIrvine Class :: Art & Activism


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This spring quarter, I will be joining the lecturing faculty at @ucirvine 's School of Social Sciences to teach a brand new course I have developed titled Art&Activism. If you are a UCI student I hope you will consider enrolling as we dig deep creatively and intellectually. I feel it's gonna be a life-changing experience for all. The class will meet T/Th from 2-3:20 in SSL 206. Hope to see you in class. Feel free to email me with any questions.

Here's the course description:
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Can art speak more or as effectively as conventional language? To what extent does an artist’s skill relate to the audibility and the reach of her art? Can art inspire contemplation? Can it affect/influence policy decisions? If art cannot affect social change, does its expression still have value?
This course examines these questions as we review examples of activist art in the 21st Century including how advances in technology affect the production, delivery, and consumption of art. The course also examines the evergreen activist nature of art within historical movements such as Baroque, Rococo, Renaissance, Impressionism, Expressionism, Fauvism, Surrealism, and Dadaism.
The course also examines what constitutes art, what makes art valuable, and the tensions that exist between individual versus collaborative expressions.
#ucirvine #uci #zot #fiatlux #artandactivism #artandactivismUCI

February 24, 2018


607 Portland in Bloom


IMG_2429607 Portland in Bloom
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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This is a demo painting I started while teaching painting go a wonderful group of people in Portland. I finished it tonight.

February 21, 2018


Parkland17 Prints


BackpacksThank you for your patience. Prints of my painting: Parkland17 are now available. Through the InPrnt process, each order will be fulfilled on demand by InPrnt and 50% of the cost will be for the cost that InPrnt incurs to produce, package and ship the print to you. I have decided to donate remaining proceeds to everytown.org, a non-profit that is working to end gun violence. InPrnt will then match 10% of the donated dollars to everytown. So basically, if you buy a print for $15, $7.50 will go to gun safety. And then after that an additional $.75 will go to gun safety, a total of $8.25. If you feel so inclined, please help spread the word. Thank you to my friend and colleague Misty Mawn for helping me navigate this path to get these prints to happen.

Buy your print here.
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To the surviving youth organizing #marchforourlives :: We stand with you, believe in you, support you, thank you, and love you.

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