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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

August 18, 2017


548 Balconette and Denim


Bralette

548 Balconette and Denim
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced a photo by @markushopperphotography for this work.

August 17, 2017


547 First Stone


Withoutsin547 First Stone
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I referenced an image by @giacomo.spaconi for this work.

When the continued to question Him, He straightened up and said to them, "Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her." (John 8:7)

#resist #fakechristianity

August 15, 2017


546 I Still Resist


Resist546 I Still Resist
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on canvas board
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This is the demo painting I made today while teaching a private painting session. /// I've heard sentences come out of defenders of 45 that sound something like this: "He can't be racist or Anti-Semitic ... after all, his son-in-law is Jewish and his daughter has converted to Judaism." And 45 himself might even point to other ironies in his life to say "See? Look at the women and the people of color in my life."

The thing is, just because the likes of 45 has a Jewish son-in-law or a Black cabinet member or a female staff member doesn't mean that he regards them as equal. White supremacy is a practice of allowing "the others" to exist but in a manner where his status reins supremely over them. So yeah, Jared can be in his family. But Jared had better know his fucking place in the family because it is 45's base that recently chanted "We will not be replace by Jews" and it is his base that also chanted "Fuck you faggots." And just because 45 wants to fuck women he grabs by the pussy doesn't mean he wants them to be regarded on the same level as men.

Black Lives Matter isn't a movement that seeks to be supreme over others. It's a movement that is saying "There is deficiency in training that is causing certain poorly trained police who are shooting and killing unarmed Black humans. And this needs to stop because Black lives don't not matter. They matter."

#resistancelog #resist #whitesupremacy #resist

August 14, 2017


545 Polar Party


Polar545 Polar Party
8x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced a photo of polar bears by @earthpix for this work. So cute. (PS: I'm overwhelmed and grateful for the response to my online acrylics painting workshop. Thank you everyone. For those who have asked about my oil painting online class ... it's coming next ... after I catch my breath a little. Thank you for your patience.)

August 13, 2017


Cubism and the Tomato


TomatoCubism is the movement that preceded abstract expressionism ... incubating the grand rebellion against realism ... a rebellion that still exists in contemporary art. Basically, cubists argued that a still life painting of a tomato fell short of showing the entire truth of that tomato and that the way to remedy that was to show all aspects of the fruit all at the same time. And in order to do that, the tomato needed to be shattered/fragmented and then all its parts and pieces painted on the canvas all at the same time. If a tomato were made of delicate glass, the analogy would be more vivid, as the shattered pieces of a glass tomato (rather than a real one with juice and seeds) would better reflect the pointed angles found in cubist work. 

I appreciate the experimental nature of Cubism (and its sister movement, Futurism). I respect and admire experimentalism in general. The criticism I have is in the notion that there are only things to gain and nothing to lose by shattering and distorting a subject. Indeed, there are things to gain. I mean, I really dig it when I can actually see the nude woman walking down a staircase (as in Marcel Duchamp's famous painting: Nude Descending a Staircase) when at first glance it appears to be just a bunch of lines and shatterings.

But that doesn't mean that a representational work that shows only one view of the woman descending a staircase doesn't offer certain truths relevant to that woman.

Rendering an object by shattering it and showing all pieces simultaneously allows artists a new and magical way of looking at the subject. What we lose in the process is perspective, depth, and certain nuances that can only be captured when we take one perspective at a time. Some time in the future in my painting practice I hope I find an opportunity to render a subject in the Cubist style. But I don't think I'll be surprised to learn that by trying to show everything all at the same time, I gain wondrous things, and I lose wondrous things. And ain't that life?

#artandactivismlog

August 11, 2017


544 Kaepernick


Colin kaepernick544 Kaepernick
8x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image of @kaepernick7 from the internet for this work. It's puzzling to hear people say with immense fervor "love it or leave it" in reference to his peaceful and courageous form of protest. Did he spit, shoot, beat, hang, torture, set on fire any person or any object? No. He took a knee (risking fortune and criticism) to shine light on police brutality against the African American community.  Love it or leave it?! How about he loves it, is troubled by aspects of it, and is willing to work toward improving it? That's true love.

"Your silence will not protect you." #audrelorde

#blacklivesmatter #istandwithkaepernick

 

August 10, 2017


Fork, Frida, and Freedom


FridaValuing the element of Chance as championed by Dadaism became adopted by Surrealism ... where artists like Max Ernst, Salvador Dali and Andre Breton were pursuing art that emerged from the unconscious dream-state rather than the conscious state. Dali went as far as wearing a folded fork as a necklace so that when he nodded off to sleep while seated, the fork would poke him awake at the chin, allowing him to quickly capture images from his dream.

One such Dali painting ... of a landscape with melting clocks sure does seem like a dream. Nevertheless, it is a painting that works because he had the technical skills to paint that landscape and melting clocks. Skills that were acquired in a conscious reality.

Though surrealists wanted to induct Frida Kahlo into the fold as they saw her dreamy paintings as surrealist in nature, Kahlo is famous for saying to surrealist leaders that she never painted dreams but that she painted her reality ... of bottomless pain, heartache and agony.

Surrealism was in tandem to Abstract Expressionism which caught fire in the US after WWII when experimental artists from the world moved to the US to pursue freedom of expression, and rebel against the stranglehold that reverence for realism (and end product) had on the art world.

Whereas painters of realism were more about methods that would let the work speak and the artist be silent, abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock wanted to be heard, his process to be heard, and for the process to gain equal or even more important footing than the end result. 

There is this balance in my art practice that makes me relate to the idea of rebelling against strict rules and methods like surrealists and abstract expressionists. Like leave me alone already ... and don't tell me what do do or how to do it. But the other side of that for me is that if in fact in my dream state or my imagination I see melting clocks ... or a boat with a ladder to the moon or something even more unconventional, I need to have the skills to do so ... if I want others see what I see. 

So what is freedom? My ability to do what I want? My ability to learn and practice new skills? I think both are elements of it. Freedom, that is.

#artandactivismlog

 

August 09, 2017


543 Veiled in the Minor Key


My543 Veiled in the Minor Key
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced a photo as captured by @my_secret_dream2 for this work and with this song by @latenightalumni obsessively on repeat and beautifully in the air:

SUN SPACE (#latenightalumni)
I take the waves in waves
Everyday
I call my "one more day"

I cut and paste
Hang up these days
And hide the walls with no white space
I don't need space, I don't

So I remain
The days; a sound that repeats
And I keep my face
Veiled in the minor key

#allaprima #dailypainting #representationalabstract

August 08, 2017


Beauty and Function


UtilityMarcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was an American-French painter who liked mocking high art. He is famous for installing everyday objects like a snow shovel, a urinal and other things into gallery settings to ignite discourse about what is and isn't art. His thought was that if we just look at a snow shovel as an object of utility, we won't recognize its aesthetic qualities. Similarly, Christo Javacheff (1935-   ) is a Bulgarian artist who removes the utilitarian aspect of a thing ... usually by wrapping it in fabric in order for the viewer to see the aesthetics of the thing, without bias that can be related to its function.

Then there are abstract artists like Mark Rothko and Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich and Gerhard Richter who didn't wrap objects or hang urinals in galleries but presented fields of color and other abstracted expressions in an effort to move away from the "baggage" associated with representational paintings and/or realism.  Meh.

It's not that I dislike such works. Especially Rothko. I actually love his works. The thing about abstract work (especially contemporary abstract art) is that I'm dubious about whether the art reflects any real skills or any real message. You know ... like the "sewist" who makes a hot mess with fabrics in the name of "freeform" and "be free there's no mistake in art" ... when actually the person doesn't have basic sewing skills and so it's about avoiding certain stitches rather than reinventing/abstracting them ... it bothers me.

Dada-ists would argue back to me that chance is more important than skill. The point being that if art is to reflect life, not everything in a work should be planned and derived from skill. That chance/accidents happen in life ... and that therefore art ought to make room for it too. Touché.

All of these thoughts were dancing in my head while I was washing the dishes. And looking at my cutting board that is used and washed about 6 times a day in our house. Even without wrapping it like Christo or hanging it in a gallery like Duchamp ... wouldn't you agree that it is both utilitarian AND beautiful?

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August 05, 2017


Captures in the Wild


BlacklivesmatterI've been reading about the history of photography. Did you know that in its infancy (the early 1800s), photography sought to mimic paintings which is why early photos show models posed the way painters would have posed them? It isn't until the late 1800s that the photograph development process evolved from a wet to dry process, allowing photographers to leave the studio and shoot images in the wild ... less like traditional paintings. Such advances allowed photographers to become artists/activists and present startling images ... scenes from wars, The Great Depression, crimes, riots, etc. These images that I think are simultaneously science and art, beautiful and ugly, real and (as Susan Sontag would argue) edited and framed (like everything in the world). 

Fast forward to now ... where practically everybody has the ability to capture and share images.

As a painter, I find it fascinating ... the circling back ... where my practice utilizes photos that I reference to make paintings. Of course there is also an artistic license that a painter holds ... to exaggerate or abstract the reference, and perhaps invoke magical realism to then cause the photo reference to be one of the many ingredients to create a new work of art altogether.

Last night I saw a one-woman art performance by Vivian Bang, where she revisits the complex facets of the 1992 LA Riots, where the world was inundated with photos and videos from the wild ... of police brutality suffered by Rodney King ... of that brutality shockingly exonerated by a jury ... of the violence that erupted after the exoneration ... of that violence being ironically and tragically targeted toward Korean Americans and their businesses ... and all that. 

This year, there was the Women's March that I proudly participated in. Of the many photos from the march that I saw, this one made me weep. This one of young Asian Americans holding a Love = #blacklivesmatter poster. It made me weep because I wanted to hug the parents of these youth who have raised them right. That in spite of ironic conflicts among minority communities in the past (fueled by irrational skapegoating), it is still the right thing to do to teach our youth what is right and what is wrong. It makes me wonder ... what will these youth be doing 10 0r 20 years from now when a photographer captures them in a new frame? Standing up for right, is my guess. My hope. 

(PC: Nick Holmes, Women's March Los Angeles 2017 book)

 

 

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