A little about me

Hello and welcome to my blog.  My name is Jenna Hestekin, and I am an artist.  My specialty is pen and ink drawings, but I also love to do scratchboards, and sometimes use other mediums such as graphite, charcoal, and colored pencil.  I draw a variety of subjects, including animals, portraiture, some still life, and some landscapes.  I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember and have loved it all my life.  It’s such a great way to express myself.  I just love the learning journey of creating art.  With each drawing, I learn a little more and that makes each drawing well worth the effort.  …Once in a great, great while, I’ll paint with acrylics or oils, and then I come to my senses, drop the brushes, and go back to my drawings where I belong!

Please note that all of my work is copyrighted by me, so please don’t save or print any of my work without permission.  If you are interested in reasonably priced prints or commissions, please feel free to email me at  Thank you very much.

I am also an aspiring writer.  I write mostly historical fiction.  Nearly all of my stories and novels are set in the mid-19th century, and though they aren’t technically Westerns, they tend to have a slight Western flavor to them.  My stories take place in the Wisconsin and Minnesota area, which is where I live.  I prefer to write about a land which is familiar to me.  I discovered how much I love creative writing around 2004 and have been writing ever since.  I deeply enjoy creating storylines and plots, and really love developing characters to work with those plots.  I draw a lot of inspiration for writing from movie scores and soundtracks.  I love that type of music the most of all, especially anything by Hans Zimmer or James Horner.

And then, there’s the feel-good, upbeat side of me that really loves 1920s and 1930s music…I listen to this kind of music when I create my wire and junk sculptures.  My studio feels lonesome and too quiet until I get this kind of music playing, and then it feels like a celebration to be in my studio.  Winding wire is much more fun when you’re tapping your toes to great old music!

As for the name of my blog, The Cozy Red: It’s All In My Head, I should probably explain its meaning.  As I mentioned, I really like developing characters.  So much, in fact, that they seem to take on lives of their own.  Even when I’m not writing their stories, I like to think that they’re still alive and active in my imagination.  Over time, I started to wonder what sort of place they might like to live in when they’re not busy in their stories.  Even though my characters are all from the 19th century, I pictured them relaxing in a 1920s era skyscraper hotel.  I imagine this place being comfortable and warm, with plenty of room for my characters.  Within this hotel, there is a large gathering place for them, a place they dubbed the Cozy Red Lounge.  It provides all they could want, including beautiful, epic music, great food, comfortable leather sofas and chairs, and a collection of books to read.  They’re very happy there.  Sometimes, I wish the Cozy Red Lounge wasn’t just a figment of my imagination, because I wouldn’t mind spending some time there, myself!  Anyway, I decided to use that title for my blog.  It’s the Cozy Red, and yes, it’s all in my head.

This blog is a place where I hope to share my creativity.  You will probably see many things, from drawings, to sculptures, to writing, to photography.  I hope you’ll enjoy yourself here in the Cozy Red.  Thanks very much for visiting my blog!


28 responses to “A little about me

  1. Lenore Busch

    March 14, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Good for you Jenna taking the first step in getting your creativity out for all to see. Of course I will follow your Blog. Good luck my friend……………..Lenore

  2. Jenna

    March 14, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Hi Lenore. It’s good to see you here! Thank you so much for the luck and for following. 🙂

  3. Gerri

    May 23, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Jenna, I love your blog! It’s excellent to see that your creativity includes writing as well as art. The best of luck with it.

    Gerri. XXX.

  4. Jenna

    May 23, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Hi Gerri, and thank you so much for checking out my blog and for commenting! Yes, I write just as much, if not more, than I draw, so it’s come to be a huge part of my life.

    Thanks very much. I really appreciate it.

  5. marcusmoller

    November 4, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    I don’t do the blog thing very often but thought I would stop by and check it out. Great stuff Jenna. Keep it going! I’ll check back again.

  6. Jenna

    November 4, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Hi, Marcus! How great to see you stop in. Thank you very much for the kind comments on my blog. I really appreciate it. Hope you’ll stop in again soon. 🙂

  7. ziggyshortcrust

    January 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    The Cozy Red Lounge sounds like my kind of space.

    • Jenna

      January 3, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      Thanks, Ziggyshortcrust. Make yourself at home here and feel free to explore. 🙂

  8. Donna Yaws Gigout

    February 3, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Hey Jenna! Love the pics 🙂
    Donna G

    • Jenna

      February 3, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      Hi Donna! Thank you so much. Nice to see you here at my blog. 🙂

  9. Inspired and pretty

    February 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Hi Jenna !
    I just wanted to let you know that I gave you the Kreativ blogger award, you can see it here :
    I have received this award from another blogger and I wanted to pass it onto other bloggers as well.
    But please, don’t feel obligated to participate, I just wanted to name blogs that I really love and you are part of these blogs.
    Have a nice day and week !

    • Jenna

      February 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Wow, what a wonderful honor, Jocelyne! Thank you so much! I didn’t even know there were things like this around the blogging world. I will be more than happy to accept, but I don’t know what I must do next? 😮 Could you help me out that way? Thanks.

      Wow, I am so grateful that you like my blog enough to give me this award. 🙂 Thank you very much!

      • Inspired and pretty

        February 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

        You’re welcome Jenna, you deserve it !
        What you must do next is not complicated, but again I’m telling you, you are not obligated to participate, you can just thank me like you did 🙂 and not do the rest and it’s very fine like that too. If you want to participate you just have to make a post in which you say that you received this award, then you have to tell 10 things about yourself and then you have to name other blogs that you think deserve this award. That’s it ! Go to my blog to see how I did it, it will give you an idea. 🙂
        I inserted the link in my previous message.
        Bye and congrats again !

  10. Jenna

    February 19, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Thanks for the explanation, Jocelyne, and thanks again for the great award! It means a lot. 🙂

  11. verenacave

    July 27, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Wow, your blog is totally amazing! You are so creative and I love your art!

    • Jenna

      July 27, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Hi verenacave. Thank you so much for the nice comments on my blog! I’m so happy you like it. 🙂

  12. Carrie

    January 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I love your art Jenna, you can tell you have done this awhile, and the love you have for it as well.

    • Jenna

      January 20, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Hi Carrie. Thank you so much for the kind words on my work. I appreciate it very much. 🙂

  13. Kathy

    January 31, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Hi Jenna! Thought I’d finally take some time to check out your blog. Beautiful work, both written and otherwise created! Keep up the good work!

    • Jenna

      January 31, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Hi Kathy! Thanks so much for coming to visit my blog. I’m happy you like it! I appreciate the comments. 🙂

  14. Mary

    February 9, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Beautiful art – really enjoyed browsing through your blog.

    • Jenna

      February 9, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Hi Mary. Thank you so much for coming to explore my blog! I appreciate it and am glad you took a moment to comment too. You do very wonderful art yourself!

  15. writingbolt

    January 21, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    So, you might say your cast of characters occupy a Mad Men building from an earlier era. They are your Avengers in their own Stark Enterprises/Tower.

    I am not sure what period hotel my characters would occupy. But, I wrote a book about a hotel that might house or access a number (not all) of them.

    I imagine such an ideal hotel/apartment building would be like an elaborate “holodeck” from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    I do like the Cozy Red/Choco theme you have. I think I considered it but didn’t want so much red text.

    • Jenna

      January 22, 2015 at 11:35 AM

      Hi writingbolt,

      Yes, something like that, probably. 😉 They live in a “perfect” world, where their biggest concerns include getting more time in the spotlight (in books). It’s interesting that you seem to visualize a similar home for your characters. It’s almost like they need somewhere to exist between writing sessions, isn’t it? Thanks for the comments. I’ve thought of changing up my theme, but I just like this one, so I stick with it.

      • writingbolt

        January 26, 2015 at 4:35 PM

        Hi, Jenna. ‘Love that name.

        Well, having all your characters occupy one building seems a stretch of the imagination. But, that’s what the imagination does. It’s the nature of the creature. I suspect having them share a magical neighborhood/city might be more reasonable. But, it still would not be “normal” for a dinosaur to live with a superhero from the future and a wannabe Sherlock Holmes from the Wild West. It would probably be one of a dozen wacky cable cartoon shows written by writers on drugs.

        But, picturing one’s “rogue’s gallery” in such a singular place might be a good exercise or way of showcasing one’s work versus just stuffing all the characters into some collage with the artist’s caricature in the middle.

        It’s a good theme. I like the stitches.

      • Jenna

        January 27, 2015 at 7:52 PM

        Thanks very much! 🙂

        Having characters of all kinds occupy one hotel would be crazy, but that’s ok. My characters only “live” there when they’re not starring in books. I don’t write books about the Cozy Red (at least none that I plan to publish). Anyway, it’s just for fun. I’m glad you like the theme.

  16. inari

    May 23, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award as I think your blog is amazing. I have received this award from another blogger and I wanted to pass it on. 😀

    • Jenna

      May 24, 2015 at 2:27 PM

      Hi Inari. Wow, thank you so much! What an honor. I appreciate it! 🙂


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