When I saw all of the Me toos popping up all over social media, I didn't think I would be surprised. I was. It seemed every woman I know posted Me too. I knew it was common. I know 5 women very closely that have been sexually abused, but there are so many more. It made me stop and re think my experiences. Have I been assaulted or harassed? Did I just normalize behavior? I've been physically abused by a boyfriend. Does that count? Should I add my name to the list of women who
I have been painting and creating for as long as I can remember. I got my first easel when I was two. I'd constantly be saving things like aluminum foil from dinner just to see what I could make out of it. Middle school was the first time I considered making it a career choice. My art teacher, who happened to also be my coach and best friend's mom, invested in me and showed me that you could make it in this world as an artist. While having sleep overs at my bestie's house, I
So, I'd imagine you've seen one of the million posts this September about the 30 in 30 challenge I did with Keep Jessica Wild. For those of you who haven't seen or just missed what it was, I painted 30 paintings in 30 days. The goal was to paint one painting a day, but travel and a move interfered. But, I am extraordinarily proud to say I painted 30 individual paintings in 30 days. The other part of this challenge was concocted by my amazing friend and creative sounding board
When I started this challenge, I knew it was a big commitment and would be difficult. 30 Paintings in 30 Days is a lot. I knew my already precious time would be further consumed, and I had a vague idea about how it could push me creatively. I thought it might push me to produce, but that I might end up with a lot of the same thing. The truth is, this has been some of the most challenging 15 days of my life. A good chunk of that is due to the rest of my life being displaced. M
I am not where I thought I would be. When I decided to close my shop for the summer, I thought, come September 1st, I would be settled into a new home, new studio, and new family. What a happy little picture with a neat little bow tied around it. I thought that being 8-10 months pregnant with no day job would allow me to paint all day every day. I'd have oodles of new paintings to sell, and everything would be exactly as I imagined.
This is not my reality.
I'm one of those
The last month has been a whirlwind to say the least. I think moving across the country would throw anyone off for a bit, but doing it 8 months pregnant adds a whole extra layer of disorienting.
So, on top of temporarily moving in with my parents, I've had to find a new doctor, go to a million appointments, have a baby shower, set up a nursery, and the other endless tasks Pinterest tells me are "must dos" before the baby comes. I feel like God has been leading me to deal only
Everyone knows the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah". If you don't, get out from under that rock and educate yourself. People speculate and hypothesize all sorts of meanings and interpretations of what that song is actually about. But, that's the wonderful thing about art. Every single person can find what it means to them, regardless of the artist's intenEveryone knows the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah". If you don't, get out from under that rock and educate yourself. People
For my birthday a few years ago, I bought myself the largest canvas I'd ever dared. I stared at the 3ft by 4ft of blank space and thought, "yeah, I'm ready for that challenge".
As per usual, it stayed in my studio for about a year before I ever thought about it again.
Surprising as it may seem, I actually have a heavy background in portraits and mixed media paintings. In high school, my AP Art portfolio consisted almost entirely of portraits. I love learning the plains of a f
It's probably been apparent that Kenzi Cox Paintings hasn't exactly been active. Lets be real, I've been absent.
Back in November, two things happened. The first is that I decided to create and donate a painting to the amazing cause of Blessings in a Backpack. The second, is that I discovered I was pregnant. November 2016 was my highest month of sales to date, and I couldn't be prouder. I was amped up and ready to go! I was so excited to see my diligence pay off. You know wha