Without My Studio…
Kenny Jensen Blog Post # 8
Letting go to Grow:
Sooo, yeah as I mentioned in my last post, at the end of June we unfortunately had to move out of our house and my amazing garage studio that we rented since August 2018. Even though I was quite disappointed to loose this seemingly perfect space, I am excited about the even more ideal studio space I am working toward on our family land in the near future. This is the first big step to realizing that life long dream. Until that move can take place we have several steps we are working on to prepare the way forward. In the meantime, for the next few years I will just have a small 10ft x 10ft painting studio (more on that to follow…).
What have I been up to the past few months?
With our imminent departure looming over me, the months leading up to packing and moving, I focused all my attention on trying to take advantage of the space as much as possible while I still had it. I brainstormed and experimenting (starting and abandoning numerous projects…) and made positive progress developing a few new bodies of work, including the dozens of newly constructed panels I have been painting – as seen in the photos and video documentation of my studio. My primary focus, to which I have finally started to make some progress, has been to develop a painting practice that can be sustained regardless of my circumstances and size of my work space. Due to this pressurized frenzy I neglected my blog for far too long. Immediately following our transition to our new living situation we left town on a two week much needed vacation/adventure. I am currently sitting on my Sister’s roof top porch overlooking the pacific ocean in Ocean Beach San Diego finally starting to catch up on my blogs…
A Proper Send Off:
Due to the social restrictions of Covid, I never had the opportunity to have a proper gathering/opening in my studio gallery. Thankfully, with the help of some good friends and their families I was able to host an impromptu open studio and gallery viewing the night before I had to start deconstruction. My good friend and collaborator Jon Seals was in town for the summer, so we did our third two person showing. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my space with my community and have a proper letting go ceremony. It made the loss and transition less painful.
Without My Studio…