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August 26, 2013

Announcing :: 2 Workshops by Dina Wakley in November!

I'm excited to announce two special 1-day workshops that are being offered back-to-back this coming November by Dina Wakley in Studio CRESCENDOh!

Class #1: A Face in the Crowd: November 2, 2013
The first class is titled A Face in the Crowd and will take place Saturday, November 2, 2013. This class celebrates faces and teaches how to record them in an expressive and thoughtful way. Dina will focus on the power of a line and show you her favorite ways to scribble and draw expressively and practice making faces with perfect and imperfect features.

Dina Wakley

Dina Wakley
Class #2: In Your Image, November 3, 2013
On Sunday, November, 3, 2013, Dina will offer In Your Image, which is a class about exploring the self through autobiographical art. Dina will teach you to combine words and self images as we explore the good, the bac, and practice making our mark on the world. We'll start telling our own stories through images and powerful words and banish our self-critics as we value everything we are and everything we can become.
Dina Wakley
Dina Wakley

Enroll for A Face in the Crowd here.
Enroll for In Your Image here.

August 22, 2013

Announcing :: Painting by Heart :: A Painting Class for Beginners

For quite some time, I've witnessed friends and acquaintances talk themselves out of painting because they are intimidated by the process and/or they think they are not qualified to partake in the act of painting. I understand how they feel becasue I felt the same way once.

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But during the past 2+ years, as I've taken the plunge into the world of painting, I've experienced a kind of joy that can't be found anywhere else but a room filled with paints, brushes, and canvases. I still struggle with my inner critic as I wonder whether I'm qualified and worthy to paint. I don't think there is an artist out there who doesn't.

Several people over the last few months have asked if Studio CRESCENDOh could offer a painting class designed for the true beginner where we can discover the mechanics, tackle the fears, and experience the first steps related to the joy and freedom of painting.

I'm excited to announce Painting by Heart—a 1-day painting class designed for the beginner. It will take place in Studio CRESCENDOh this October and you can enroll right here.

EDIT: This class will be offered on two different dates:

  • Saturday, October 19th
  • Monday, October 21st

Please indicate at the time of enrollment which date you would like to attend. Thank you.

jenny doh
If you are able and if you want to, I hope you'll join me and fellow students for a lot of fun in Studio CRESCENDOh ... a room that is well-lit, safe, accepts all, and delights in the discovery of creativity.

See you in the studio. :)

August 12, 2013

Recap of A Doll Story Workshop with Danita!

Yipee! Danita and I are already in discussion to plan her next workshop in Studio CRESCENDOh, which will take place right around this time next year, in 2014. So I hope you'll mark your calendar ... as we work hard to deliver another awesome workshop for you ... Danita-style!
danitaHere are just some of the awesome dolls that were made this past weekend by Danita's students. But before they looked like this, they went through many phases.
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Like this ... sewn, stuffed, painted, and sealed ... but before that, they looked different still.

studio crescendohLike this ... before they were painted ... where we were planning and practicing our faces. Here's my practice face for my doll. Fangs and all.
jenny dohAnd before that, we transferred template lines and sewed and stuffed.

jenny dohThrough each step, Danita was full of patience and wisdom as she taught us her secrets and methods.

And the students worked hard. We all gained such an appreciation for the amount of work that dollmakers go through. We all joked that we didn't make dolls. We gave birth to them!
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I'm excited that Danita will be working with me to plan her next workshop that she will teach in 2014. Awesome art. Awesome instructor.
jenny doh and danita
See you in Studio CRESCENDOh!

July 19, 2013

Roam (if you want to) and Pursue Your Happiness

I adore these photobooth shots that I took with Monica last night. They make me happy. They were taken right after we watched a fantastic B-52s concert. 

Jenny Doh and Monica Mouet

Throughout the concert, we were saying to each other how awesome it is to see a band that's been around since the 1970s still doing so well, as we watched each member rockin' it on stage, and truly pursuing their passion and happiness. (The opening band was X and we also LOVED their performance and the way they performed with such sincerity and passion.)






It was a GREAT show.

The lyrics to one of their classic songs they performed really spoke to me last night, which is their song, Roam, which starts off like this:

Roam if you want to
Without wings, without wheels
Roam if you want to
Without anything but the love we feel

I love that the song doesn't command me to roam, but rather to roam if I want to. In other words, do what I want, if I choose to do that. And I think by saying that, it also says to let others roam if they want to and let them pursue their happiness if they want to. Live and let live.

Sometimes, we get tricked into second-guessing what we want, as we wonder if we should roam, whether we ought to roam, what others might think if we choose to roam or not ... The B52s remains an awesome and relevant band today because they have remained true to who they are, knowing that they can't please all. But by staying true to the essence of who they are and pursuing their happiness, they end up decades later, being a band that has truly left a mark on the world.

Jenny Doh

Here are a couple of shots I had fun posing for with my concert buddies, Dori and Amy. Love these girls. They make me happy.

Jenny Doh

Take it hip to hip
Rocket through the wilderness ...
Roam if you want to
Roam around the world

May 14, 2013

Unintended Doggy on My Parasol

Do you see the cute little doggy? I hadn't intended on creating him but I was so happy to see him appear when I finished doodling on my papaer parasol and then closed the parasol up. An unintended but super wonderful surprise.


Jenny DohWhen the parasol opens, the doggy goes away. See?
Jenny Doh
When fully opened, you can't even imagine that a doggy would be anywhere near ... but all the other doodles come to life.

Jenny DohI made this during a class at French General, taught by my pal Pam Garrison. It was a wonderful afternoon with lots of great students who all did some very creative work making their unique paper parasols.
Pam GarrisonCheck out this one that my pal Amy Hanna made ... a letter for her daughters, filled with warm, loving words. It was fun to watch her make it.
Amy HannaHere we both are with our parasols.

Amy Hanna and Jenny DohAnd here's a final photo that I really adore ... warm, kind of mysterious, and surrounded by art friends and parasols.

April 30, 2013

Join Me and Pam for Painted Parasols at French General on May 11th!

It's a Painteded Paper Parasol by Pam Garrison.
So adorably perfect, right?

It's what I'll be making in her Painted Parasols class at French General on May 11th from 1-4PM.

Pam Garrison
Lettering ...
Painting ...
Embellishing ...

A day filled with lots of fun for sure. Why don't you join us? Here's the link to sign up for the class. See you at The French General!

Pam Garrison

April 23, 2013

A Day to Remember :: Launch Your Creativity 2013

One of the highlights for me this past weekend was being a speaker for the Launch Your Creativity event by Sharon Hughes. This was my second time serving in this manner and I'm so impressed with how the event has gained strength and excellence through Sharon's leadership.

launch your creativity
I was lucky to be part of a wonderful group of speakers and I know that all who attended the event at the beautiful Paris in a Teacup salon in Orange, CA, walked away with so much.

The topic I spoke on was related to the whowhatwhenwhereandhow of publishing. I enjoyed the experience very much.

If you are wanting to participate in future Launch Your Creativity events or want to get involved with other LYC activities, I hope you'll check out Sharon's site right here: http://www.launchyourcreativity.com/

April 22, 2013

A Workshop to Remember with Christy Tomlinson

Thought I'd share with you some photos and some thoughts regarding the 2-day workshop that we just finished in Studio CRESCENDOh with Christy Tomlinson. Here is our official group shot that we took at the end of the 2-days. Can you tell that we totally bonded? Because we did. It was an amazing group of artists.

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I was so impressed with Christy's teaching style ... gentle, informative, generous, and patient ... and just so able to gently coax out the unique artistic voice in all who came.
lynn and christyAnd all who came included women with differing levels of experience, and an enthusiasm to make art.
jenelle and libbyChristy loved on each and every student and made sure that everyone experienced success.

christy tomlinsonOne of the things I always love about events such as these is how Studio CRESCENDOh welcomes people from all walks of life without requiring anyone to jump through hoops or contests of popularity or other pretenses. I'm so proud that people can come and enter just as they are, to find acceptance, integrity, and a focus on art. This has always been important to me.


After two days of intense art-making, we had a final show-and-tell.
IMG_9194It was marvelous. We got to see the fruits of everyone's labor as we offered and gathered feedback.

IMG_9197By the time it was over, we didn't want to leave. We had all become SO bonded.
But you know what the good news is? Christy is coming back to teach in Studio CRESCENDOh! How cool is that? It'll either be later in 2013 or some time in 2014.

You heard it here first ... so for everyone who was on the waiting list for this workshop, I hope you'll stay tuned to our master calendar and get a chance to participate in the next one.

IMG_9205And of course no workshop is complete without the silly group picture, right? Here it is.

jenny dohONE FINAL NOTE:
A recap about this past weekend would not be complete without mentioning Chrissy Gardner. Chrissy is a dear friend of Christy's who came to the workshop to provide support and just a constant source of positivity and enthusiasm. I can't tell you how strongly I connected with Chrissy. I feel that the universe gave me a huge gift by introducing her to me through Christy and I'm thrilled to call her friend.

Chrissy is also a talented artist in her own right. She'll also be returning to Studio CRESCENDOh to teach a workshop on the totally NOW and totally fabulous topic of Chalk Art. I'm very excited. More on that later.

Chrissy Gardner
Many many thanks to everyone who made this past weekend so memorable. :)

April 18, 2013

In Spite of Us

In Spite of Us
by Jenny Doh
Art Camp 2013 • Lincoln City, Oregon

Jenny Doh
At home, every morning when I get up, I exercise. Usually, I go to my gym to take a boxing class and lately I’ve been getting into gymnastics in my garage but occasionally, I go for a good old-fashioned run or walk in my neighborhood.  The thing I love about running or walking in my neighborhood is that I get to see interesting things on the long stretches of sidewalk on my street and neighboring streets … like leaves, cut grass, branches, lemons, avocados, and sometimes the prettiest flower petals fallen from nearby rose buses. When I see petals on sidewalks, I always find myself stopping to take a picture. 

One of the things that I frequently notice on these runs is that when there is a crack on the sidewalk, where the cement has become broken for whatever reason, it isn’t long before something starts to grow in that broken space. You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. We’ve all seen it. Sometimes little blades of grass, sometimes a dandelion, and other times some other flower or plant life that just starts to grow in that crack. It’s a place where life isn’t intended to happen. But it just happens. Life happens in spite of intentions.  

Many of you know that I have two kids. Monica and Andrew. They are both teenagers and last week, they were both on spring break. And given that Monica is a junior in high school, it was the perfect week for me to take her on a road trip to visit college campuses as she gets ready to submit her applications in the coming year.

The trip was exciting. I loved watching her react to the campuses that we visited: UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Santa Cruz … I loved watching her soak it all in and I treasured the concentrated time we had together to do mother-daughter bonding as we talked for hours in the car, in the hotel rooms, enjoyed meals together, and enjoyed working out together. My running joke with her is that wherever she decides to go to for college, I’m gonna go with her … with a pair of those funny glasses attached to a mustache so that I can still be near her without cramping her style. We all laugh at that and I know in my heart of hearts that I won’t follow her to college but let me tell you … that at a certain level, I really want to. And quite frankly, I’m not sure how I will cope when she actually does fly away from home to go to college, as she embraces her grown-up destiny. It’s hard to hold back tears when I realize what a marvelous person she has grown up to be. And her brother Andrew, too. They are both such good kids.

But I’ll be the first to tell you, as I frequently remind both Monica and Andrew that I have certainly NOT been the perfect parent. Actually, I’ve been far from perfect. I was not the mom who brought cupcakes to their classrooms. I was not the mom who volunteered with the PTA. I was the workaholic mom, barely able to keep up with everything career-wise let alone the bare minimums of juggling bills, pets, house repairs, laundry, groceries, and of course the breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

I do take pride, however, in the fact that even though my parenting has been imperfect, my communication with them has always been high quality, open, honest, and genuine. I know that my kids know that they can talk with me about anything at anytime without ever fearing rejection or judgment. I’ve always been proud of that and I will work hard to sustain that for them forever.

And even with pangs of guilt that I’ve gone through and still go through when I remind myself of my imperfect parenting ways, I have seen evidence throughout their growth that they are well-adjusted and for the most part, they are succeeding in life. And this tells me that I really don’t have to be perfect for them to succeed. Our home doesn’t need to be perfect for them to succeed. And it reminds me that I also grew up in an imperfect situation. We all did. Imperfect parents, imperfect siblings, imperfect home environment, but also some good moments within that context of imperfection.

And I’m forever humbled to remember people I’ve met who have stories that make my experiences as an imperfect parent and my experiences growing up in an imperfect family pale in comparison. Stories that sometimes involve abuse, tragedy, disease, and accidents … some so painful that you wonder how anyone can ever survive, let alone thrive.

But you know of those people. You might be one of those people yourself. Where in spite of non-ideal circumstances, in spite of the fact that you’ve not been planted in a large lush field with plenty of sunshine and water but rather castigated to a small crack on a sidewalk, you’ve found a way to make it work. You’ve been able to take the parts and pieces of the good parts … and found a way to make those parts work for you as you maneuver through life.

So here we are. In beautiful Lincoln City, Oregon. We’re here to make art, I know. But as I’ve observed over the years, I know we are here for much more than that. We’re here to connect, right? Perhaps with ourselves … as we take a much-needed break from our routines. Perhaps with new friends … and new energy so that we can be heard and understood in ways that we need to be heard and understood.

As we continue this weekend on this journey creating art, connecting with ourselves, and connecting with others, I want to remind everyone … including every teacher, student, coordinator, speaker, and volunteer of 3 things:

1 Nobody’s art is perfect. Even the most famous artist, or the one you hold in the highest regard … even their art is full of imperfection. As it should be. And I would argue that it is the artist who shows her imperfections and shows her vulnerability who is the most genuine, and therefore the most interesting and inspiring.  

2 No person is perfect. Stop beating yourself up for being here and not being there … for falling short in any and all of the ways that we do and will continue to do.

3 And finally, that regardless of our imperfections, life will continue to happen … in fallow fields, as well as in small, underestimated cracks. Because it’s not always because of us that a flower grows, but frequently and thankfully, in spite of us.

Thank you for allowing me to share and thank you for being here. I look forward to getting to know everyone this weekend.



Per the invitation of Terri Brush, I had the honor of delivering this talk at Art Camp 2013. For more information about Terri and her fututre Art Camp events and to enroll, visit http://www.terribrushdesigns.com/

April 05, 2013

Announcing :: Art Walk Studio April 6th (tomorrow)! See ya there!

So excited to announce that tomorrow night, Saturday, April 6th is Studio CRESCENDOh's Art Walk Studio! Yipee! Featured artists who will be showing and selling their beautiful art include: Lisa Engelbrecht!

Lisa EngelbrechtLisa Loria!

Lisa Loria
and Stephanie Ackerman!
Stephanie Ackerman
Also present will be Christy Nimeh who will be doing a live painting demonstration. If you haven't seen Christy's works, you're in for a treat as you'll be able to observe how she makes her decisions to make her canvas come alive with color and imagery.

Christy Nimeh
Also present will be Lisa Guerin (AKA, The Art Whisperer) who will be facilitating a FREE make-and-take activity.

Lisa Guerin

And if luck is on our side, I'll be performing a couple of songs with my daughter, Monica.
(Knock on wood.)

Monica Mouet and Jenny DohBe there or be square.

FREE EVENT: Art Walk Studio in Studio CRESCENDOh
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013
ADDRESS: 207 N. Broadway, Suite L, Santa Ana, CA 92711 (In the Santora Building)
TIME: 7-10PM

Metered parking on the streets. And paid covered lot parking on Broadway & 3rd. Parking's a bear so just be prepared.

All together now: Twinkle lights, wine, cheese, and good conversations with art-loving people. I say we get dressed to the nines and have ourselves some fun as we buy art, make art, and make friens. See ya tomorrow!

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