63 posts categorized "Now Hear This"

March 04, 2018

Announcing my UCIrvine Class :: Art & Activism


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:
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.
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October 10, 2017

Ukulele Party :: November 5th


Have you wanted to learn the basics of how to play the ukulele? Well, I'm still a beginner myself but what I know I'm happy to teach. So grab your ukulele (smallest soprano size ... not the concert or tenor or baritone sizes) and join me on November 5th at 2PM. I'll show you how to tune the ukulele, how to play a handful of basic chords and with those basic chords, how to play and sing a song or two. I'll also show you how I painted my ukulele and provide paint and brushes and everything else for you to use to also paint your uke if you want to.

To participate, please:

  • RSVP via email at jenny@crescendoh.com
  • Bring with you a screenshot receipt of a $50+ donation to a helping organization providing aid to victims of recent disasters
  • Bring with you a canned food item (to be collected and donated to a local food bank)

PS: If you don't have a ukulele but want to participate, email me and I'll send you a link to one you could order via Amazon.

August 14, 2017

Announcing :: Painting by Heart Online (Acrylics Edition)

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,


May 27, 2017

My Art Retreat Weekend in Washington!

LisaI'll be teaching watercolors, gouache, and acrylics in  beautiful Enumclaw, Washington this July 13-16, in an overnight retreat setting!

Here's the description of what I'll be teaching.

And here's where you can sign up. Hope to see you there if you want to ... where we will enjoy being pampered by Lisa Kumcur and her team of lovelies who will make us feel so good while we are making art.

March 02, 2017

Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine Interview

RenomagI was recently interviewed for Reno Tahoe Tonight magazine and I'm so honored to be the cover story for the March issue. I'm so very happy with how it turned out. Among other things, we discuss art, music, my exhibitionist tendencies, discipline, freedom, and why in many ways, painting helps me live another day. Here's the link. Starts on page 16. Thanks for reading it. 



February 16, 2017

Fangs & Flaws, A Conversation With:

RedlineDear friends:
I am honored and privileged and extremely thrilled to be leading a discussion with Redline Design on March 16, 2017, in Reno, Nevada. It'll be an intimate setting where we talk about the creative process, and the journey that I've been on, to pursue art with complete freedom, deep meaning, and uncensored expression. It's a never-ending journey, really.

If you are able, I hope you'll join me for this special experience where we will dive deep, raise a glass, nibble on treats, listen to each other, and leave with greater resolve to pursue lives where we the quality of light we shine onto our efforts is so lucid and bright that we can't help but find and express the truth of who we are.

Here is the link to enroll for this event. On the following days, I will be teaching a couple of painting classes for those who are able to extend their stay in Reno to paint with me as follows:

Looking forward to seeing you in Reno!


February 06, 2017

Paint with Me in Washington!


I'm really excited to be teaching oil painting fundamentals this coming July 13-16, 2017 in a small farm community called Enumclaw, located outside of Seattle, Washington. It is part of the NW Country Art Retreats program run by Lisa Kumcur. It will be a retreat experience that includes ground transportation, lodging, reception, and just a whole lot of painting goodness. A perfect getaway for you to attend by yourself or with a friend in order to dig deep and unleash the wonders of oil painting in a safe, fun, beautiful environment.

Here's the enrollment link that describes the weekend experience. If you'd like to connect with hostess Lisa to have any questions answered, her email is lisakumcur@yahoo.com.

Let's paint!


January 24, 2017

Reno Bound


I am fired up to paint with the good people of Reno. Thank you to Red Line Design for hosting me. Enrollment is NOW open here:


December 15, 2016

Slight Changes after January 5, 2017

If you want toHello friends. What a year it's been. So many wonderful experiences teaching classes and teaching private painting sessions. Thank you. I wanted to let you know that: 

For all private sessions booked AFTER January 5, 2017, pricing and hours will be modified as follows:

Half day (9:30-12): $95
Full day (9:30-12 and then lunch from 12-1 and then paint 1-3:30 PM): $175

TWO or more PEOPLE
Half day: $80 per person
Full day: $160 per person

All private sessions booked BEFORE January 5, 2017, pricing and hours will remain as follows:

Half day (9-12): $85
Full day (9-12 and then lunch from 12-1 and then paint 1-4PM): $160

TWO or more PEOPLE
Half day: $70 per person
Full day: $150 per person

Payments via cash, check, paypal, or credit card will be accepted the day of the session. :-)

Thank you,

If a supply list stresses you out because you just don't know where to get everything, not to worry. I can provide everything you need for the day including canvases, and paints and everything else you need for a kit fee of:

  • All sessions booked AFTER January 5, 2017: $35
  • All sessions booked BEFORE January 5, 2017: $30

Thank you. Jenny :-)

April 29, 2016

Speaking at TRUTH is the New Black event

NewblackHI there.

Just a quickie announcement that I'll be part of an interesting conversation in Costa Mesa on May 11th on the topic of letting go, fearlessness, and just making shit happen. In business and in life.

Here's a link to get tickets for the event. Thanks. Jenny :-)

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