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Announcing :: Painting by Heart Online (Acrylics Edition)


Pbyonline
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

October 12, 2018


648 We All Know the Song


Loveontherocks
648 We All Know the Song
6x6 inches :: oil on gessobord
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First they say they want you
See how they really need you
Suddenly you find you're out there walking in a storm

And when they know they have you
Then they really have you
Nothing you can do or say
You've got to leave, just get away
We all know the song ...

--Neil Diamond

(I referenced an image by @jasminaalzihairi for this work)

 

October 11, 2018


Kindness Weaponized


Kindness

There's kindness. And then there's SOMETHING ELSE disguised as kindness. I've experienced both. This SOMETHING ELSE is what I've been wanting to write about for a while but it wasn't until recently that the dots of what I wanted to say connected. It happened when I was watching gymnast Aly Raisman on 60 minutes. She's been going to schools talking to students to raise awareness about how predators like Larry Nassar (the gymnast doctor who abused Aly) target and groom their victims. One main strategy is to offer extreme kindness to the target. And once the kindness is thick and the trust is high, the kindness transforms into SOMETHING ELSE.

There's this "be kind" message omnipresent these days. It's on posters. On shirts. It's also in the form of other stuff ... like an unexpected birthday gift ... free tickets to Disneyland! An effusive FB/IG post declaring how you're the best art sissy in the world.

More than once I've been on the receiving end of such gestures. And more than once I've found that those gestures precede the SOMETHING ELSE that eventually surfaces. That SOMETHING ELSE is all about the predator weaponizing kindness to take without consent, to manipulate, to control and then ultimately punish if the victim doesn't fall in line ... all the while donning an exaggerated smile with seemingly innocuous mantras like "Find your tribe, love them hard."

The sexual abuse that Raisman suffered doesn't compare to the kind of bullshit I'm pointing to. Of course not. It's just that.

I think it's dangerous to always take kindness (whether with a trusted physician or the latest art-sister for life) at face value. And sometimes it takes a lot of strength to walk a direction different from the tribe to find a steady, solid path. It's usually on that path that I sometimes encounter what appear to be shimmery gems in the dirt ... which sometimes turn out to be pretty stones, or drops of rain ... and sometimes, actual bits of true kindness ... not clamoring to be seen, but just quietly shining still.

 

October 07, 2018


647 That I'd Been Crying


That id been647 That I'd Been Crying
18x24 inches :: acrylic on stretched canvas
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I was all right for awhile
I could smile for awhile
But I saw you last night
You held my hand so tigh
As you stopped to say, "Hello"

You wished me well
You couldn't tell
That I'd been crying over you ...


Dina Wakley :: Studio Crescendoh :: March 9-10, 2019


Explosion of Color & Form
2-dayWorkshop :: March 9-10, 2019
with Dina Wakley

LOCATION
207 N. Broadway Street, Suite L
Santa Ana, CA 92701
studio@crescendoh.com

 

Dinawakley2019

 

Join Dina Wakley for a two-day explosion of color and form. On day 1, we'll focus on creating organic patterns on our substrates. We'll use the Dina Wakley pouring medium and cell creator for some, and rubbing alcohol for others. We'll focus on an organic "let's see what happens" process. On day 2, we will turn our organic messes into figurative forms, focusing on lights and darks, multiple layers, gesture, and narrative.

MATERIALS LIST: Each participant is asked to bring the following to the workshop:

  • Paint brushes
  • Your art journal
  • Baby wipes/paper towels/art rag (whatever you like to use to clean up)
  • White acrylic gesso
  • Acrylic paint (I will bring lots of my paints to share, too, so it is ok if you bring no paint at all)
  • Three 12" square substrates, like wood panels (my preference), canvases, etc.
  • Six large sheets of watercolor paper (around 12"x16" or bigger, if desired)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Your favorite pens, pencils, marking tools (such as Stabilo All, Conte pencils, oil pastels, Scribble Sticks, Neocolors, charcoal, water-soluble graphite, paint pens)
  • Something to scrape with, such as an old gift/credit card
  • Aluminum foil roasting pan (to pour in)
  • Small bottle of rubbing alcohol (from the first aid section of the pharmacy)

Instructor will provide:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Collage tissues
  • Stamps/stencils
  • Masking tape
  • Washi tape
  • Pouring medium/cell creator/mixing cups
SCHEDULE:
  • Arrive & Settle: 9:00 :: Time for students to arrive, settle in.
  • Class Segment A: 9:30-12:00 :: Class time with Dina who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like Chapter One, and The Gypsy Den.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:30 PM :: Class time with Dina who will guide the 2nd part of class.
  • Clean-Up & Depart: 4:30-5:00 PM

 

NOTES:

  • Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies.

STUDIO POLICIES:
Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.

MARCH 9-10, 2019
PRICE :: 285

 


646 Cymbalist


Cymbalist

646 Cymbalist
18x24 inches :: original acrylic on canvas

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“Mr. Wulfersberger, how come the band gets to go to Disneyland but the orchestra doesn’t?” Jenny asked.

“Because Disneyland invites marching bands. Orchestras don’t march. You can’t march with the cello,” said Mr. W.

“That’s not fair. Then I’m gonna take up the cymbals. And I’m gonna go to Disneyland,” said Jenny.

“Fine,” he said.

(And that’s how I learned to be a cymbalist in 7th grade at Actis Junior High in Bakersfield)

September 24, 2018


645 Chef's Catch


Fish645 Chef's Catch
10x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image of chef David Chang for this work.

 

September 13, 2018


Focus on Florals :: Studio Crescendoh :: Jan 26-27, 2019


Focus on Florals
2-dayWorkshop :: January 26-27, 2019
with Jenny Doh

LOCATION
207 N. Broadway Street, Suite L
Santa Ana, CA 92701
studio@crescendoh.com

Focus on florals

Join me for a 2-day workshop where we will learn to how to paint a floral painting using photo references. Please feel free to bring photo references of flowers that you may want to potentially paint. If you don't have photos, no worries, I will bring plenty of references that you can use. We will start with prepping the canvas and the photo. We will spend time observing the reference to discuss how the direction of each blossom can be actualized as we observe shapes and values and visualize our paintings.

We will then move to making a very light drawing of the reference, then paint the values, and then paint the colors. Throughout the process, we will adopt the THREE Ds of painting where we 1) Deliberate, 2) Decide, and 3) Deliver. I will also help you add finishing touches on the final day.

MATERIALS LIST: Each participant is asked to bring the following to the workshop:

  • Photo reference(s) of flowers on your smart phone and/or your tablet
  • Two stretched canvases (I will do one demo on an 18x24-inch canvas and a second demo on a 24-inch square canvas.)
  • Water-soluble pencil (like a stabilo or a derwent inktense in black)
  • PAINTS: Please bring Golden Fluid Acrylics in the following colors: Titanium White, Raw Umber, Titan Buff, Diarylide Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Pyrrole Red Light
  • PAINTS: Please also bring these optional colors: Teal, Green Gold, Prussian Blue, Naples Yellow Pthalo Green, Flourescent Pink (Golden heavy body) and any other colors you feel good about. I really recommend that you bring Golden Fluid acrylics. 
  • PAINTS: Please also bring these optional colors by Holbein Heavy Body: Jaune Brillant, Aqua Blue, Anthraquinone Red
  • PAINTBRUSHES: 1-inch and 1/2-inch short flat brushes (also known as Brights) with long handles. White nylon (or other synthetic bristles) is what I recommend
  • Baby wipes
  • Palette and/or palette paper (Lately I use palette paper on top of a palette (which can be wood, plastic, glass or anything that is firm) and then when the paper is all used up, I change out the paper
  • Paper towels
  • Scratch paper or scratch journal to take notes
     

 SCHEDULE for both days:

  • Arrive & Settle: 9:00 :: Time for students to arrive, settle in.
  • Class Segment A: 9:30-12:00 :: Class time with Jenny who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like Chapter One, and The Gypsy Den.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:30 PM :: Class time with Jenny who will guide the 2nd part of class.
  • Clean-Up & Depart: 4:30-5:00 PM

 

NOTES:

  • Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies.

STUDIO POLICIES:
Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.

January 26-27, 2019
PRICE :: 285

 


Nick Runge :: Studio Crescendoh :: March 30-31, 2019


Watercolor & Gouache Portraits
2-dayWorkshop :: March 30-31, 2019
with Still Life

LOCATION
207 N. Broadway Street, Suite L
Santa Ana, CA 92701
studio@crescendoh.com

NickNick Runge Art

Join artist Nick Runge for a 2-day workshop where we will learn to paint first with watercolor, and then with watercolor and gouache. We will use photo references as Nick first demonstrates his approach and method while explaining the choices he makes, the intuition that he works with, and chances taken while painting a portrait. As students work on their own paintings, Nick will offer guidance, discussion and instruction for each individual student as they paint.  

MATERIALS LIST: Each participant is asked to bring the following to the workshop:

  • Photo reference(s)
  • Watercolor sketchbook and/or small loose sheets of watercolor paper
  • Drawing pencil(s) of any kind
  • Mixing palette
  • Large container for water
  • Paper towels
  • WATERCOLOR PAINTS: Any artist-grade watercolor paints that you are comfortable with ... can be sets, pans, or tubes
  • GOUACHE: Any artist-grade gouache paints that you are comfortable with
  • PAINTBRUSHES: I usually start with a small round brush and work up to big ones. So bring brushes that you already are comfortable with, along with a small medium round brush (#4-6 round) and a larger (#12-16 round or flat)
     
     

 

SCHEDULE:
  • Arrive & Settle: 9:00 :: Time for students to arrive, settle in.
  • Class Segment A: 9:30-12:00 :: Class time with NICK who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like Chapter One, and The Gypsy Den.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:30 PM :: Class time with NICK who will guide the 2nd part of class.
  • Clean-Up & Depart: 4:30-5:00 PM

 

NOTES:

  • Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies.

STUDIO POLICIES:
Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.

MARCH 30-31, 2019
PRICE :: 285

 


Zoey Frank :: Studio Crescendoh :: FEB 8-10 2019


Composition Through Still Life
3-dayWorkshop :: February 8-10, 2019
with Still Life

LOCATION
207 N. Broadway Street, Suite L
Santa Ana, CA 92701
studio@crescendoh.com

 

ZoeyZoey Frank

Join artist Zoey Frank for a 3-day workshop where we will learn to compose still life painting where we will consider the geometry of the arrangement, viewpoint and balance to build a painting that is structurally considered as a whole unit. We will do compositional sketches and also make changes to the setup as we go to find the movement through the piece. Focus will be places on satisfying and accurate drawing, value and color relationships. The workshop will be taught through lecture, demonstration and critique. 

 

Materials List: Each participant is asked to bring the following to the workshop:

  • Palette: I use a hand-held wood palette, glass backed with mid-tone grey paper works well too
  • Palette knife
  • Paper towels
  • Medium cups
  • Jar for turps (two old condiment jars work well)
  • Turpenoid or gamsol (odorless)*
  • Linseed oil, or medium of your choice-I've been liking Winsor and Newton painting medium
  • Artist tape
  • Viewfinder
  • Paint box or tackle box to hold everything
  • BRUSHES: Bring a wider variety if you have them, but I would recommend at least the following:
    • Filbert bristle (sizes approximately no. 1, 4, 6, 10)
    • Filbert or flat, sable or synthetic mongoose (2, 4, 6, 8)
  • PAINTING SURFACES: One painting surface around 16x20 inches. Create a beautiful surface to work on ... like a panel or a smooth canvas. Prep your surface before you arrive with gesso, sanding between coats. Even if it's pre-primed add at least an extra coat of gesso. Also bring small surfaces for compositional studies (around 4 pieces that are 8x10 inches). Small pieces of un-stretched canvas, primed paper, or something similar, tone these a very light shade of grey.
  • PAINT: My current still life palette looks something like this list below. Bring a wider variety of paints if you have them, any artist grade brand is acceptable:
    • Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cad Yellow, Cad Orange, Cad Red, Alizarine Crimson, Raw Umber, Ivory Black, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Cad Green
  • STILL-LIFE OBJECTS: We will each be setting up our own still life to paint from. Bring in a box, objects to work with as you consider the formal qualities of the objects: their shape, color, pattern, and the variety in size from one to another. You might want to bring something to put underneath or behind the objects as well: an old board, tiles, patterned cloth, colored paper or any other interesting surface. We will be painting around life-sized so think about the objects you are bringing in relationship to your canvas size. Objects could be centered around a theme: maybe objects from the kitchen, from your desk, or all the items you would use to transplant a houseplant. They can be meaningful, or visually interesting, or incredibly mundane!

 

 *For those flying into the studio (or for anyone who would prefer to not travel with turp and oil), the studio will have Gamsol and Linseed Oil available for you to use so no need to worry about that.

 

SCHEDULE:
  • Arrive & Settle: 9:00 :: Time for students to arrive, settle in.
  • Class Segment A: 9:30-12:00 :: Class time with Zoey who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like Chapter One, and The Gypsy Den.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:30 PM :: Class time with Zoey who will guide the 2nd part of class.
  • Clean-Up & Depart: 4:30-5:00 PM

 

NOTES:

  • Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies.

STUDIO POLICIES:
Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.

February 8-10, 2019
PRICE :: 425

 

September 12, 2018


644 NYC


Nyc644 NYC
6x8 inches : Oil on gessobord
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I referenced an image by @sarahjessicaparker for this work.

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