GUEST DOODLEWASH: Daily Selfies

Jenny Kroik Selfies

These doodlewashes come to us from Jenny Kroik (follow her on Instagram @jkroik), who lives and works in Eugene, Oregon. She started painting with watercolor when she was very young. Her mom gave her a set of St. Petersburg watercolors (now called “Yarka”, ) that she actually brought from St. Petersburg, where Jenny was born. She says, “It’s still my favorite brand.”

She also doodlewashes daily selfies on Instagram which is a great way to practice! “I started doing the daily selfie painting because I’m always available to myself as a model, and I don’t care if I make myself look silly or disproportionate in the drawings. The main idea, though, was to get myself to spend time painting every day. I always felt that it was important, but always in theory and not in practice. Since I brought this habit into my life, I feel that it’s been very helpful to my work in many ways.”

Jenny started studying technique with a no-nonsense Russian teacher when she was 13, doing still-lives, Greek busts, and other “old-school stuff, which gave me a very strong technical foundation in watercolor and drawing.” She studied for her BFA in illustration and animation at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, and got her MFA in painting at the University of Oregon, where she still teaches painting and drawing. She says, “My education gave me a good understanding of the art world in all its forms, and an opportunity to try a million different things.”

According to Jenny, watercolors are often deemed to be unruly and hard to control, but she actually finds them to be a very easy medium. For one, they are easy to transport, and they are not messy. They lend themselves to painting on location, which she loves, and they are a good way to record color fast. (Couldn’t agree more with this!)

Jenny says, “They are also easy because they are so fast: fast to set up, fast to dry, fast to mix colors. I see and think very quickly, and it matches my thought process well. It’s basically an exercise in mindfulness – letting go of control, and not striving for it to look one way or the other. Watercolor always surprises me… it flows and dries in beautiful and unexpected ways.”

And you too can be surprised daily by the wonderful doodlewashes that Jenny creates by following her Instagram feed! Also, be sure to check out her website at jenny.kroik.net for more of her wondrous work. Thanks so much for being part of the Doodlewash family, Jenny, and we can’t wait to see more from you!

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Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
9 Comments
  1. kirkistan 2 years ago

    These are wonderful! Good on you, Jenny. At first I thought, “Oy–more selfies.” But Jenny’s logic makes very good sense–I am always available as a model. Suddenly this sounds like a great way to get better at drawing people. Thanks!

    • Author

      Yeah…pretty cool right?! I’m thinking of trying it as I need tons of people practice. Much better to mangle yourself than your friends. Hehe 😉 Jenny’s illustrations are so great!! 🙂

  2. […] not been a fan of selfies, but then Jenny Kroik, guest artist at Doodlewash, explained why she does selfies every day. And  her explanation made […]

  3. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    I love Jenny’s freeing style and philosophy on painting, really eye opening. Thanks for bring her to our attention Charlie.

    • Author

      You’re quite welcome Cathe! Isn’t she great? Love seeing what she’ll come up with next. Also she’s looking to start painting other people soon! You can email her a photo via her Instagram feed. Hehe 😉

  4. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    Her instagram feed and blog are incredible, so visually rich and inspiring!

  5. […] this was fun! Previous Guest Doodlewasher Jenny Kroik, who was normally doing selfies (check them out here!), decided she wanted to mix things up a bit and start drawing other people. I was honored to be […]

  6. […] fun doodlewash is another from Guest Doodlewasher Jenny Kroik (her original feature can be seen here). She had painted yours truly a little while back, so it seemed fair to also give Philippe a little […]

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