Wednesday, November 23, 2011



Last Sunday I went to the first Painting Studio offered by Jenny Doh at her new Studio Crescendoh space. It's also where I took Flora Bowley's workshop a few weeks ago.

Judging by my introverted personality, you would think I would dread painting among other people, but I don't. I actually really - really! - enjoy it. There's something about being surround by like-minded souls that is very inspiring and comforting. There is no judging, no competition. Just artistic individuals who are there to make art. Simple. And perfect.

Harmony, me and JenEve

I got a chance to see some of my classmates again, Jenny and Cynthia, finally meet my online friend Harmony and get to know a few other great women.

one of my paintings at the end of the day

I had two 24x24 canvases (which, by the way, felt TINY after painting on a 30x30) and kept alternating between them throughout the day.
And when both of them were wet, I would chat with somebody. <-- one of the many perks of painting with a group!

second painting at the end of the session

Last night, I realized I was very stuck on this painting above, didn't know how to move forward. Maybe I added imagery too soon and now I didn't know how to NOT ruin it.  So I put on some music, 5 or 6 colors on my palette, and let go.

I still have a lot of work to do, but I am so happy with where I am now, not necessarily because of what it looks like, but because of what I did to get here. I even flipped the canvas! I was really in the moment and not afraid of doing something wrong! Plus, I am getting better with the foam brush, which is another reason to be happy. They are SO good to blend paint!

I'm evolving as an artist. And it feels good. I'm meeting new artists friends. And loving it. I belong here.

Lots to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Your paintings are evolving beautifully and it is wonderful to meet with other artists and paint. The foam brushes do take a while to get used to and sometimes I use a thick yellow kitchen sponge instead of a brush. :D Keep having fun and thanks for the pics.

  2. Super great! I love them! I so badly want to learn how to paint with that freedom and those layers! Hoping I can attend a Flora class some day soon--next year is all sold out already!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!


  3. Yes, you did it ... more than 2 colors out at a time .... wow ... your painting is beautiful! You go girl! Really really nice work!

  4. I want to live where you live. Your painting are beautiful! It looks like you had so much fun!

  5. Thank you for sharing your time at Studio Crescendoh! I hope to make it to Jenny's studio one of these days. I LOVE that she has opened it up like she has. :)Your art is beautiful!

  6. Joana, your paintings are gorgeous I love the organic feel of each one. Looks like you has a blast creating. ~ Sandra

  7. I love this post! It makes me feel happy for you that it's all coming together in such a lovely way.

  8. Its so great to see you evolving, having fun and being in the moment!! Its really inspiring. Congrats on being featured in Artful Blogging too.

  9. I would like to meet you one much rings true in your posts.Its funny to read this after spending the morning doing exactly what you wrote.Still having a hard time with the foam brushes though...but have started whipping out old, unfinished canvases and just expectations - feels good. Julie

  10. How amazing this looks! I must go!
    I am looking forward to meeting Harmony next week in Madison! love how this blog world unites us!

  11. I love seeing the process! Love where your paintings are going!

  12. I know what you mean about learning how to just let go and let something be. I had a teacher once who used to say "let it live!", and I always remember that.

  13. Wait. You went to Jenny's house???? I'm going on December 10th!!!!! I would love to find out more about her painting time..

  14. Great post! And I loved your article in Artful blogging, I attend a College of Craft and Design and I chose to do a presentation about why blogging is important as an artist, and I have actually highlighted some points from your article and I am going to quote you when I do my presentation for the class. I hope I inspire a few people to start blogging with the help of your words! So thank you!

  15. ...loved your article in Artful Blogging .
    Your paintings turned out great !

    I know what you mean about letting go hard sometimes.And I'm not always completely relaxed in workshops ...although I hate to admit it : )

    Happy Painting !

  16. new work is looking great Joana! x