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In times like these it has become difficult to stay connected with friends and family when you can't meet them in person. Being isolated during Covid-19 has been difficult for me. When I found out that my main representing gallery in Laguna Beach opened back up again after it had been closed for months I was so happy and thought I would document my first day out. :>)
It felt liberating to drive on the freeway again. Even stopping at a gas station was making me happy. Can my once "normal" life actually get back to normal?
Driving down the 133 canyon road that opens up to the main beach in Laguna Beach was a beautiful site. The hills looked green and the ocean so blue. It almost felt like I had woken up from a very long dream and I am now seeing the hills and the crushing waves for the very first time. All of the colors just seemed more intense and vibrant to me.
Laguna Beach and its residents just had turned Forest Avenue into a promenade to help restaurants that couldn't serve customers inside their facilities due to Covid-19. They added tables and chairs onto the now closed street to be able to serve restaurant guests outside. Needless to say the idea is fantastic!
I dropped off my new painting at The Signature Gallery. This newly renovated gallery that represents my work since 12 years looks absolutely stunning inside. The walls are changed to a crispy white with all of the colorful artworks literally popping off the walls. After my new painting "A New Day" that I had carried up the stairs into the gallery was installed, I took a video clip showing my oil paintings that are currently available. I added titles and dimensions to the video above as well. After having been locked inside at home and in my studio for months this was a freeing experience and it made me so happy to be back in the environment of a lot of art.
After leaving the Signature Gallery I decided to take a walk at the beach. It has always been a treat to know that the beach is literally across the street from the gallery. Most of the time when I visit Forest Avenue I will end up taking a beach walk and feeling the sand and the water of the cold Pacific Ocean between my toes. I walked on the beach South taking a deep breath and enjoying the clear air. I got to an area where there are public stairs leading up a cliff very close to one of my favorite restaurants "The Cliff". After walking up the stairs I unsuccessfully tried to brush off the sand off my feet before sliding them into my sandals. "Oh well", I thought. All I could think of was the anticipating great food and amazing sunset. I felt the sand rubbing against my feet while I was led to a patio table of the restaurant. It felt like total bliss.
It was warm enough and I felt relieved of having finally made it out of the house so I ordered a light cool beer and my favorite dish at The Cliff; the quesadilla especial. It was just so wonderful to enjoy this incredible sunset while eating delicious food. It ignited the hope in me that maybe, just maybe, we will be able to have our lives turn back to normal.
PRESS RELEASE - Jenny Simon Oil Painting Donated to the Black Tie Teddy Ball to Support Cruise 4 Kids Charity
Jenny Simon Oil Painting Donated to The Black Tie Teddy Ball to Support Cruise 4 Kids
San Diego, CA - November 14, 2018 - Jenny Simon has donated an original oil painting called “Enchanted” in the value of $3,000 to this year's annual Black Tie Teddy Ball. The painting will be included in the silent auction of the Teddy Ball on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the Town & Country Hotel in San Diego. All proceeds will help support Cruise 4 Kids, a charity to help underprivileged and sick children. Purchase your ticket today and get 20% off using Code JENNYSIMON.
"I am so grateful and excited to be a part of this wonderful venue and charity. What a beautiful opportunity to support children in need especially during the holiday season" Jenny Simon
Internationally recognized artist Jenny Simon is a self taught oil painter from Germany with over 25 years of experience. Her works have been featured in THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS, FLIP THAT HOUSE (TV series), numerous galleries, museums and magazines and are held in private and corporate collections worldwide. For more information please go to www.jennysimon.com
The Teddy Ball is a black tie charity celebration held every Thanksgiving weekend for the past six years to support Cruise 4 Kids, a non-profit organization to help sick and underprivileged children.
Both, the Teddy Ball and Cruise 4 Kids, are founded and organized by Nino Venturella who is a long time resident of San Diego. His passion for organizing niche philanthropic events, led him to create the non-profit Cruise 4 Kids (C4K) which has been organizing fundraisers since 2011.
The Teddy Ball brings together San Diego's finest to create a collection of new stuffed Teddy Bears to donate to sick and needy children. Help us raise money and reach a donation of 1,500 Teddy Bears this year! www.theteddyball.com
JENNY SIMON ART EXTRAVAGANZA celebrating 10 Year Milestone with the Signature Gallery in Laguna Beach
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Jenny Simon Art Extravaganza at The Signature Gallery celebrating 10 Year Milestone
Laguna Beach, CA - April 17, 2018 - The Signature Gallery in Laguna Beach will celebrate 10 years of featuring internationally recognized oil painter Jenny Simon on Thursday, May 3rd, 6 - 9 pm. Under the title of "Love, Texture & The Sea" The Signature Gallery will unveil her newest collection of original oil paintings at the gallery's location at 220 Forest Avenue. Meet the artist and enjoy a special live performance by talented Jazz saxophonist and singer Rick Parma.
"I am absolutely thankful and thrilled about my upcoming show and celebrating such a milestone with The Signature Gallery." Jenny Simon
Jenny Simon is a self taught oil painter from Germany with over 25 years of experience. Simon has developed her own unique painting technique. She uses palette knives and her hands to apply and form multiple layers of oil paint onto canvas that give these artworks a rich quality and texture. Simon's works have been shown in numerous galleries and museums nationally and are held in worldwide private and corporate collections. Jenny Simon's works have been featured in TV Shows such as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Flip That House and numerous magazines.
The Signature Gallery opened its doors in Laguna Beach on January 1st, 2008 and has since been a landmark for visitors from all over the world who travel to this beautiful coastal city in Southern California.
THE SIGNATURE GALLERY - www.thesignaturegallery.com
press release online: wwwjennysimon.com/press-release-april-2018.html
ADELMAN FINE ART
in San Diego
When embarking upon a project, do you preplan your entire endeavor or do you simply follow where your inspiration takes you?
I usually have an initial idea of where I would like a painting to go but as soon as I start painting it takes on a life of its own and guides me through creation until it's finished.
Do you create with an intent to send a message to your audience?
My goal always is to recreate nature as I feel a deep spiritual connection with nature. I don't have a specific message because I am myself drawn into the process as my paintings evolve but I hope that they will give the viewer peace and comfort.
Do you think there is a driving force that inspires you?
I feel like there is a spiritual force that works through me and guides me through each painting.
If you hadn't chosen to be an artist, what would your alternate field in life have been?
I didn't really choose to be an artist. I was just overcome by creating art at an early age and I couldn't stop it. Feeling the freedom in creation drives me always.
Have you ever been faced with negative feedback? How was this reflected in your work, if at all?
Art brings out emotions in people and everyone is different. Negative feedback does not bother me since it's not a reflection of my emotions when I painted the piece.
What actions do you do to get into your creative zone in your studio? (Listen to music, meditate, indulge in anything, etc…)
I am a big jazz fan and I listen to it all day long in my studio.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about yourself through one of your paintings?
That any obstacles can be overcome just by taking focus away from them for a while and revisiting them with a fresh mind after a day of concentrated painting.
Are there any other creative channels you use to express yourself?
Yes, I really love photography.
What is the best advice that you have been given?
Stay in the studio until it's awesome.
The Inner Dialogue
Self: “I called this show What I Want. But I am afraid.”
Me: “Afraid of what?”
Self: "That people won’t like it. This is about how I feel. This is about freeing myself. Don’t judge me. I am trying not to care about what you think.”
Me: “Is it scary?”
Self: “Yes. They’ve been telling me how to fit in. I have listened but it’s time now for me to stop being afraid. I am turning myself inside out. I am vulnerable. That’s ok. It’s time. No questions. No corrections. No adjustments. My soul is speaking now.”
With calling this show ‘What I Want” I am on the path of self-exploration and growth.
Will this path ever end? Probably not, but it is the journey that I seek.
In 2005 I had this moment when I suddenly woke up and everything changed. Up until that time I had felt vulnerable. As an artist you create something that comes from your heart; something that moves you on a deeper level. Taking your feelings and showing them off on a white wall for people to judge was not an easy task for me. Then, I heard this strong voice inside of me that made me stand up for myself. It was time that I announced what my art was really all about. I felt that if I was not going to step up now that I was not going to be able to be successful.
I am a self taught artist from Germany without any kind of art education and honestly I am happy about that. I love spending my hours in my studio and figuring it all out by myself, letting my soul paint what it wants and what I feel makes me grow.
Back then though outside of my studio I was dealing with galleries and clients telling me how I should paint and what changes I should make to my art. It felt like I was being pulled into two different directions. I felt the judgments strongly and being a sensitive individual it took me a long time listening to opinions while standing strong and holding my ground.
I remember showing my portfolio to a gallery owner in Los Angeles. He loved my work and wanted to represent me but told me that I would have to change my style and paint in a different medium. I know many artists have heard this before. Because you have to pay your bills it might be enticing to change your style. But, if it is totally against what your art stands for then it probably is not a good idea to make major adjustments and sacrifice your brand and what made your work special in the first place.
It takes a lot of courage as an artist to stay vulnerable, create art that moves your heart and at the same time listening to people’s judgments and mainly well meant advice and comments. Most interesting comment I have ever received: “I see Hitler in your paintings” which made me feel inclined to reply with “I am sure you do”. I took it with humor. People go through different emotions when they see a piece of art work. In the rare case of a negative comment I have learned to let that bounce off me with a smile.
Many artists that start out feel the fear of their art not being accepted or just not being good enough. As an artist you have to believe in yourself from the very beginning because no one else will…. at first. Keep on creating and you will start finding people who will love your work. It sometimes takes time to grow into having this mind set and being able to say “This is what I do. Period!"
I am not saying don’t go with the flow and ignore advice. No, listen to it all, find the balance and let your gut decide where to make adjustments. At the end it is all about who you are as an artist.