Recent winner of the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award Kenneth Ronquillo of the The Lola x Kenneth Collaboration creates whimsical and meaningful paintings in collaboration with his Grandmother.
(In the previous lessons, the students were introduced to their own personal style and encouraged to collect ideas in their sketchbook. I recommend having the homework be to assign one page of the sketchbook, to be filled with one of the ideas from the list in lesson 2. This way when the class lessons seem […]
We are always trying to provide more information and resources for local artists. That is why we are happy to be launching our new section Artist Residencies. This section contains listings for Bay Area residencies as well as links to organizations that help you find residencies all over the world. If you have never been […]
Defining Style – Left Brain Now that you’ve focused on doodling and mark-making to start to identify your own signature style, there’s another more left-brained way to access creative output – through words. A bit like “free-association” and a bit like “brainstorming”, the second lesson I teach is all about just writing down as many […]
Nothing is more precious to an artist than their artwork and art supplies. That’s why they can oftentimes dread a big move, as the simple act of getting all of this from point A to point B can be a bit dangerous. If you want to make sure you make the move without damage to […]
Jenifer J. Renzel Website Facebook Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter, etc. I work in two different mediums, acrylic paint and found objects. I switch back and forth between doing colorful mixed-media acrylic paintings and sculptural assemblages. When I feel blocked or uninspired in one medium, I switch […]
Often the simplest, most obvious advice is the easiest to forget. Presumably if you’re reading this, you are some kind of creative. Being a creative is not a lifestyle choice; rather, you are conscious of some innate thing inside of you, vying to get out.
I’ve been teaching art to young people for many years, and one of the first lesson themes is uniqueness. Everyone, regardless of artistic skill, has a certain stylistic look to the marks they make.
Being a full time artist takes hard work, lots of letdowns, feeling vulnerable and sacrifice but the reward far outweighs the bullshit.
Artists work in all different kinds of ways – some messy, others pristine, but all with their own “method to their madness,” as the saying goes. There is a general consensus that one’s surroundings have an effect on one’s psyche, and therefore on one’s work.