Saturday and Sunday I was able to take a class at Studio Crescendoh, hosted by Jenny Doh. The studio is located in the Artist's district in Santa Ana and is a warm, welcoming place to be. The class was "Paint and Doodle With Jennifer Mercedes.
Jennifer is warm, generous, a great teacher and her eyes sparkle when she laughs. Gotta love that in a person!
Jennifer had us begin with various exercises of doodling, free association writing and monochromatic painting. The second day we did 2-3 pages of free writing as explained in the book, "The Artist's Way", by Julia Cameron. I think it was my all time favorite part. My hand actually cramped, I had so much in my head to put onto paper. Not that I like rambling thoughts or anything...
Believe it or not, doodling is a challenge to me. I tend to make circles. That's it. Just circles. Booorrring.
The exercises we did helped in this area. I also loved listening to music while we doodled. It's also a little daunting to doodle across a 30x30 canvas.
That's where being blindfolded helps.
This is my friend, Harmony. She is brave and bold while blindfolded.
Being blindfolded made me dizzy. (seriously. what is up with that???)
Jennifer, in her kind and humorous way, taught us the art of not getting attached to what was on our canvas. Because once we put something on canvas...
It got covered up.
And if you didn't cover up 90% of it? Well, the blindfold came back.
As you can see here, I'm a fast learner.
Did I mention I get dizzy with blindfolds?
We got to cover those big 'ol canvases with house paint.
Which, by the way, I love painting with.
We learned about doodling on birch wood canvases with ball point pens, among other various writing utensils.
Then we covered it with paint.
The first day, I came home utterly exhausted, and the critical voices were shouting at me all the way home.
After getting a good night's sleep, I was ready to go back for more!
We had a challenge at the end of the day to finish one canvas in the last hour and a half of class.
Guess who likes to work under pressure?
We gathered to show each other our various degrees of finished canvases and had such a great time affirming each other.
If you are ever able to connect in some way with Jennifer, it will be an amazing experience, whether it's in person or through her beautiful artwork.
Thanks for a wonderful, wonderful two days, Jennifer!