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September 15, 2017


558 Apple Monkey


Monkey558 Apple Monkey
9x12 inches :: original oil painting on arches paper
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I paired that apple I painted yesterday with my sock monkey doll and referenced the items for this work.

#zornpalette #allaprima #sockmonkey #apples

September 14, 2017


557 One Apple/Three Views


Apples557 One Apple/Three Views
12x9 inches :: original oil painting on arches paper
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I referenced a red apple that I bought today and painted it three times, at three different angles.

#dailypainting #allaprima

September 12, 2017


556 Bar and Hurt


Tan556 Bar and Hurt
12x9 inches :: original oil painting on arches paper
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I referenced my bottle of #Tanqueray for this work ... which of course made me think of this song by #amywinehouse

Meet you downstairs in the bar and hurt
Your rolled up sleeves in your skull t-shirt
You say "What did you do with him today?
And sniffed me out like I was Tanqueray.

#dailypainting #zornpalette #allaprima

September 07, 2017


555 On Pointe


Ballerina555 On Pointe
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I referenced an image by @ballet for this work.

September 05, 2017


554 Summertime Meditations


One554 Summertime Meditations
16x20 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I referenced an image by @piersparello for this work.

September 04, 2017


David & Goliath :: Matte & Gloss


 

HighDid you know that Michelangelo (1475-1564) is either the first or one of the first artists in history known to have signed his works of art? He was part of the Renaissance/High Renaissance movement where artists were experiencing a rebirth of classical culture. Instead of the immediate past thousand-plus-year tradition of anonymously making pious art that focused on the hereafter, Renaissance artists focused on the here and now ... claiming their style, championing humanism. 

And rather than remaining anonymous MAKERS, Renaissance artists were becoming named, known, and identified CREATORS. As audacious as this rebirth was, it was a movement that resulted in art that inspired contemplation. 

I feel this contemplation in Michelangelo's famous sculpture: David. The work makes me feel that David (the ultimate symbol of the underdog) is exuding not just courage but also concern, as he is about to use in earnest, his humble sling and stones, to battle the giant Goliath.

The Baroque movement which followed the Renaissance caused the pendulum of art to swing from contemplative to active. Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) is a Baroque artist who also sculpted David. Even though the subject is the same underdog, when I put them side by side, I can definitely feel the difference of the art periods of Renaissance and Baroque. Contemplative versus active. In other words, matte versus glossy.

Interestingly, the Catholic church enlisted Baroque artists to create active, glossy art with more light and less shadow, with the hope that it would inspire people who had veered into Protestantism back into the Catholic church. In hopes that the Catholic church could be considered not just as a passive place, but a stand-up-and-take-action place. 

To me, contemplation and action go hand-in-hand for my life as an artist and activist. Like when I feel I've been thinking a long time about doing something there's a point when I hear myself saying "Jenny: Stop the over-thinking and take action." Glossy.

And then there are times when I'm going a mile a minute and I feel the need to pause and think and make sure the course is either correct or in need of correction. Matte.

#artandactivismlog

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August 31, 2017


553 Isolated Showers


Final553 Isolated Showers
30x30 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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Yesterday I made an ink-on-paper study referencing a photo by @noirboudior. Today, I referenced that study to paint this work as I contemplate the pangs of frequent isolated showers. And then the acute pain of occasional torrential storms. The pangs, the pain, always followed by the faithful sun that arrives to make flowers and hope grow.

Oneasel

 

August 30, 2017


Houston Strong


Houston2

Look at this H charm and jump ring I made with sterling silver wire. It's to honor the people of #Houston. I'll make you one and ship it to you if you email me a new screen shot of a minimum donation of $100 to American Red Cross (for #hurricaneharvey ) or Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Houston Food Bank or Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Screen shots must be dated from this moment forward (Previous donations are great but this is to encourage new or second donations.) jenny@crescendoh.com /// chain not included///please allow 2 weeks for the charm to be created, packed, and shipped #HoustonStrong #riseup

Houston

August 29, 2017


552 Summertime Rolls


Summertime

552 Summertime Rolls
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image by @noirboudior for this work. What a summer it's been.

#summertimerolls
It brought peace to my mind
In the summertime
And it rolled
Summer ... oh ...
Oh ... the summertime rolls
#janesaddiction

August 28, 2017


Jean Valjean, Hurricane Harvey, and Osteen's True Colors


Romanticism

I remember learning about Romanticism in high school and being struck to realize that it has nothing to do with conventional ideas of love and romance. Romanticism is a movement that reaches not only the visual arts but also literature & music. It's a movement that shines light on the need to take care of the underdog, the downtrodden, the suffering.

Like Victor Hugo's magnificent literary work: Les Miserables ... where the Bishop tells the authorities to not arrest Jean Valjean because the silver found on him is silver that the Bishop gave him, not silver that he stole. Jean Valjean can't believe this grace given to him by the Bishop because he did in fact steal the silver. And the Bishop says to Jean Valjean ... take the silver and rise up and succeed. God. I weep every time I think about that exchange.

Paintings by French Romantics like Gericault and  Delacroix exude the passion that they felt ... particularly regarding oppression based on class. Their works show breathtaking uprisings of a downtrodden people who overcome class oppression.

Speaking of the downtrodden. Have you seen the devastation and the havoc that Hurricane Harvey has caused on the people of Houston? The images of the suffering are heart-wrenching. These images are available to all ... including Joel Osteen, head of a megachurch in Houston that has not been flooded and that could house and aid thousands of people ... only if he opens the doors.

But Osteen and his team members have shown their true colors. And they look nothing like Jean Valjean's Bishop. The doors of the megachurch will remain closed, he said, but dollars will be accepted through his website to provide aid.

There ARE churches that open doors to help the downtrodden. That's part of the conceptual reason why churches are allowed to collect money without paying taxes. Because they're supposed to help. For free. And that's why I used to wear a cross around my neck. But I took it off in my 20s when I realized that most crosses on necks reflect closed doors, closed hearts of the greedy who use tax-free money to build shiny things that belong more to the over-the-top Rococo art movement of extravagance and jet-set life of the Osteens and nothing to do with Romanticism. They turn scripture into cliches of privilege to help them sleep ... like "we aren't perfect, just forgiven."

Maybe one day I'll wear that cross again ... when I feel that #fakechristianity no longer has a stranglehold on Christianity.

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