Ren on Paper is about creating. For me, that means art, photography, film, writing, or digital media. For most of my life it was also about selling my work. Now its about documenting my life and finding ways to keep memories so I can bring them back to life for myself and for my loved ones.
My studio from 2007 to 2017 – Great experiences with creativity and teaching!
From 2017 to 2020 my studio was in a motorhome, traveling the country
COVID and Divorce
My studio moved to apartments in York, Pennsylvania
NOW – back to full time RV life in March 2022
I think this is my favorite studio, even though its small. Immediately after purchasing the travel trailer (which does indeed travel) a friend removed the dinette, ripped the legs off the second-hand table I had in my apartments, and made it into a desk. The table top sits on two Ikea drawer units. My projects need to be smaller, but my creativity is bigger than the whole wide world.
You can be creative wherever you are!
To THERE and back – a journey
I’ve been an artist since I was ten years old. Perhaps I could even say my work, now, is returning to what it was in the beginning. You see, in the middle years of my work, I thought I was supposed to make money with my work. One day I realized it was about much more. It was about enjoying my work, getting lost in it and looking up, blinking, amazed at how much time passed. Its about documenting my own life and teaching others to find more creativity in theirs.
I did my first painting when I was eleven years old, using leftover paint from a paint-by-number kit. I painted it on a piece of cardboard. The above painting was my second one and I’m glad I kept it. This little painting reminds me of how much joy I got from those early days of art.
The decades between those first paintings and now were filled with a lot of training and practice. My work’s purpose turned into a way to make money. I have to tell you that painting for money was not as satisfying and fulfilling as those early days of painting. When I moved into this small travel trailer, I decided to get back to doing art with passion and for the joy of it. There’s something amazing about getting creative and getting lost in it with your heart and soul.
Its funny, but the me who attempted to paint for profit seemed like a black and white, stop motion version of myself. The me today is living in full color!
I tell you all of this, because I’d love to teach you about creativity in ways that will open your eyes to the world around you and help you find a way to express what you experience, see, and feel. The best part will be getting lost in that creativity so that everything else going on in your life moves to the time-out corner.