April 26, 2016

231 Park Santiago

Park santiago231 Park Santiago

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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Plein air painting is hard. For many reasons it's hard. I made my first trek out today to my local park with all of my supplies in my backpack, with the intent of painting a scene from start to finish in the beautiful outdoors. After walking for a good hour or more, all I did was take photos of potential scenes and then dealt with many things including hunger, heat, loneliness, self-consciousness, and most of all, uncertainty. I couldn't settle on a spot nor a scene because I didn't know if there would be a better one a few yards further up. After getting discouraged and frustrated and sad, I came home and looked through all of my photos and chose one and referenced it for this work.

It's a goal of mine to plein air paint. I know it's going to be hard but I know I'll become a better painter for it. Though I didn't actually start and finish this work in the outdoors, I think it was a good first step in gaining that experience I seek, as painful as it was.


April 25, 2016

230 Grapefruit


230 Grapefruit

5x7 inches :: original acrylic painting on cradled wood

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I referenced an image of a pretty little grapefruit by photographer Nancy Holly for this work. I really enjoy representational painting, but with twists of exaggerations, additions, and omissions that make the work reflect the reference but also departs from it ... in ways that I think are more magical than abstracted.


April 23, 2016

229 Chalkboard Flower

Chalkboard Flower229 Chalkboard Flower

8x10 inches :: original acrylic painting on canvas board

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One of my favorite artists I follow on Snapchat is Misty Mawn. She shares SO many beautiful captures which can be enjoyed for a few seconds and then they are gone. I love the ethereal nature of this format where we enjoy and delight and then let it go. Having said that, I saw a photo of a flower that Misty had taken, styled against a chalkboard and I loved it so much that I took a screen shot of it. I used that shot as reference for this painting. I love it so much that I would like to reference it again in the future in oils and watercolors.


April 22, 2016

228 Baby Bananas

228 Baby Bananas228 Baby Bananas

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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Did you know that a tiny baby banana has only 30 calories and 173 grams of potassium? And I don't know if it's just my imagination but I think they have more flavor than a regular banana. Anyway, I love baby bananas. They're so cute. And just the right size to smoosh together with my yogurt and chia seeds and honey for my mid-day snack. They're like a perfect little vitamin from nature. Oh, and pretty fun to paint too!


April 21, 2016

Announcing My New Online Class :: How to Run an Art Studio + Gallery!

I am very excited to announce my new Instant Watch online class titled:

How to Run an Art Studio + Gallery!


The reason I created this class is because I receive frequent questions from people all over, on how I opened my art studio, Studio Crescendoh, and what I've been doing to keep it open for so many years. 

So I have made 4 videos in which I answer the many frequently asked questions and demystify the process for you.

Once you enroll in the class, you will be emailed a password. You will use that password to access the class and be able to watch all four videos at once or at a pace that works for you.

You can enroll for this class by clicking here and then adding the item to your cart and completing the transaction.

Thank you, and welcome.

Jenny :-)

PS: If after the class you have additional questions very specific to your situation, I welcome the opportunity to consult with you individually by appointment.

227 The Kind You Find at a Secondhand Store

The Kind You Find at the Five and Dime227 The Kind you Find at a Secondhand Store

7x5 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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Like so many of us, I learned of the heartbreaking news today that the artist known as Prince died at the age of 57. This painting is dedicated to him and his loved ones and really a generation of us who grew up singing and dancing to his music. His artistic audacity, inspired so many of us. May he rest in peace.

April 20, 2016

226 New York in Bloom

New York in Bloom226 New York in Bloom

6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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I used a beautiful photo of a scene in New York, as captured by photographer John Derian, to reference for this work. It's a scene that makes me want to take a plane to New York right about now.

April 19, 2016

225 Sister Panda

Panda225 Sister Panda

6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord



I had seen a beautiful ink drawing of a panda on Stina Persson's IG feed and got so inspired I started to Google "panda bear" and found an image of one with its head showing and also that head being reflected on water. Given my penchant for painting subjects in water and reflected on water, it was a great image to reference for this work. I was most struck with how haunting the eyes of a panda bear are. So dark and so filled with emotion.

April 18, 2016

224 Composed

224 Composed224 Composed

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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I referenced one of my dried roses for this work and while I was painting it, I realized that my composition had some problems and I wasn't sure how to resolve them. And that's what caused me to start abstracting the subject. By doing so, the problems that my composition had started to resolve.

April 15, 2016

223 Onward

223 Onward223 Onward

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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My friend Nancy Holly is an amazing photographer. She is known for her artistic captures of horses and every time I see her work I experience so much emotion. Even the photos she shares for fun on Snapchat are emotional for me look at. One day, I saw a capture that she took in the Laguna Beach area on her Snapchat and I quickly took a screen shot of it because I knew I wanted to reference it for a painting, which is exactly what I did for this work.

After staying on flowers for the last few days, I was nervous about my ability to switch gears to do a landscape which felt like such a challenge, perhaps because of the added pressure of referencing my friend's work. When things were feeling tense, I imagined the essence of artist, Richard Claremont, whose strokes are so imperfectly loose and through that imperfection so brilliantly effective that I found myself trying to pretend that I was him. My resulting work doesn't look like his but I bring him up to let you know what was going through my mind during the process today, and the sources of my inspiration and observation.

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