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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!