Marilyn Fenn2014-01-17 03:27:35
More New Work

Here's the 2nd small painting from this new series.  I'm up to #7, but I'll post them maybe one a day for a bit.

"Daily Painting 2014-002"
Oil on canvas
6" x 6"
© 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-17 03:27:35
    More New Work

    Here's the 2nd small painting from this new series.  I'm up to #7, but I'll post them maybe one a day for a bit.

    "Daily Painting 2014-002"
    Oil on canvas
    6" x 6"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-17 03:27:35
    More New Work

    Here's the 2nd small painting from this new series.  I'm up to #7, but I'll post them maybe one a day for a bit.

    "Daily Painting 2014-002"
    Oil on canvas
    6" x 6"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-02-23 23:16:39
    "You Are Here" - Today's Mini-painting

    You Are Here
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    5.75" x 6"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-02-23 23:16:39
    "You Are Here" - Today's Mini-painting

    You Are Here
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    5.75" x 6"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-02-23 23:16:39
    "You Are Here" - Today's Mini-painting

    You Are Here
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    5.75" x 6"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-20 19:56:17
    Number 7 in This Small Series

    I do have an overall plan for this little body of work, but I never know really where each painting will go, once I get going. Which is, of course, part of the fun of the process. I do particularly like this one, even if it is a bit blocky. Thinking of the word "fresh" when choosing palette.

    Daily Painting 2014-007
    Oil on canvas
    6" x 6"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-20 19:56:17
    Number 7 in This Small Series

    I do have an overall plan for this little body of work, but I never know really where each painting will go, once I get going. Which is, of course, part of the fun of the process. I do particularly like this one, even if it is a bit blocky. Thinking of the word "fresh" when choosing palette.

    Daily Painting 2014-007
    Oil on canvas
    6" x 6"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-20 19:56:17
    Number 7 in This Small Series

    I do have an overall plan for this little body of work, but I never know really where each painting will go, once I get going. Which is, of course, part of the fun of the process. I do particularly like this one, even if it is a bit blocky. Thinking of the word "fresh" when choosing palette.

    Daily Painting 2014-007
    Oil on canvas
    6" x 6"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-14 16:46:20
    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Here's a painting I haven't shared with y'all yet that I finished just a week or so ago; seems appropriate for today somehow.

    "Flame Kiss"
    Oil over acrylic on canvas
    24" x 24"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-14 16:46:20
    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Here's a painting I haven't shared with y'all yet that I finished just a week or so ago; seems appropriate for today somehow.

    "Flame Kiss"
    Oil over acrylic on canvas
    24" x 24"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-14 16:46:20
    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Here's a painting I haven't shared with y'all yet that I finished just a week or so ago; seems appropriate for today somehow.

    "Flame Kiss"
    Oil over acrylic on canvas
    24" x 24"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-30 22:03:13
    Another Small Color Study

    With many more to come...

    Daily Painting 2014-012
    Oil on canvas
    4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-30 22:03:13
    Another Small Color Study

    With many more to come...

    Daily Painting 2014-012
    Oil on canvas
    4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-30 22:03:13
    Another Small Color Study

    With many more to come...

    Daily Painting 2014-012
    Oil on canvas
    4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-01-31 01:45:46
    Octopus's Garden

    Just finished this, and I realize I still need to erase the pencil lines and maybe modify the color of a thing or two, but I'm pretty happy with this one...another in the sort of hippie theme.  :)

    I feel like I'm on a roll, and it feels great!

    My husband said something the other day that has had me tickled ever since.  He said basically something like, if I weren't doing these little paintings, they wouldn't exist.  They could only come from my own particular take on the world.  So, yay me!

    I think that's true of all artists (of all flavors - painters, musicians, writers, etc.) who are following their inner need to create, rather than trying to respond to the marketplace.  I think of all the painters, writers and musicians without whom the world would be a much poorer place.  Too bad our society makes it so hard for artists to survive by doing their art.

    So, if you are an artist, keep that in mind: you are (hopefully) adding something of beauty or importance to the world by following your true creative voice, something that would not be in the world without your endeavors.  :)

    Anyway, I have taken forever to find that thing inside that needs expression, and of course, it keeps developing.  I'm glad I started with representation, but I'm even more glad that I've moved past that.  I'm really grooving on these shapes, compositions, and color combinations that I discover by the drawing and painting of them.  Something like these little painting studies will probably make it onto large canvases in oil, and I'm really looking forward to that, too, but I may not be done with this round of little studies yet.

    So here is another original work from the slightly twisted mind of yours truly.  :)

    "Octopus's Garden"
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    5.75″ x 6″
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-01-31 01:45:46
    Octopus's Garden

    Just finished this, and I realize I still need to erase the pencil lines and maybe modify the color of a thing or two, but I'm pretty happy with this one...another in the sort of hippie theme.  :)

    I feel like I'm on a roll, and it feels great!

    My husband said something the other day that has had me tickled ever since.  He said basically something like, if I weren't doing these little paintings, they wouldn't exist.  They could only come from my own particular take on the world.  So, yay me!

    I think that's true of all artists (of all flavors - painters, musicians, writers, etc.) who are following their inner need to create, rather than trying to respond to the marketplace.  I think of all the painters, writers and musicians without whom the world would be a much poorer place.  Too bad our society makes it so hard for artists to survive by doing their art.

    So, if you are an artist, keep that in mind: you are (hopefully) adding something of beauty or importance to the world by following your true creative voice, something that would not be in the world without your endeavors.  :)

    Anyway, I have taken forever to find that thing inside that needs expression, and of course, it keeps developing.  I'm glad I started with representation, but I'm even more glad that I've moved past that.  I'm really grooving on these shapes, compositions, and color combinations that I discover by the drawing and painting of them.  Something like these little painting studies will probably make it onto large canvases in oil, and I'm really looking forward to that, too, but I may not be done with this round of little studies yet.

    So here is another original work from the slightly twisted mind of yours truly.  :)

    "Octopus's Garden"
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    5.75″ x 6″
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
  • 55 plusses - 22 comments - 5 shares | Read in G+
  • Marilyn Fenn2013-01-31 01:45:46
    Octopus's Garden

    Just finished this, and I realize I still need to erase the pencil lines and maybe modify the color of a thing or two, but I'm pretty happy with this one...another in the sort of hippie theme.  :)

    I feel like I'm on a roll, and it feels great!

    My husband said something the other day that has had me tickled ever since.  He said basically something like, if I weren't doing these little paintings, they wouldn't exist.  They could only come from my own particular take on the world.  So, yay me!

    I think that's true of all artists (of all flavors - painters, musicians, writers, etc.) who are following their inner need to create, rather than trying to respond to the marketplace.  I think of all the painters, writers and musicians without whom the world would be a much poorer place.  Too bad our society makes it so hard for artists to survive by doing their art.

    So, if you are an artist, keep that in mind: you are (hopefully) adding something of beauty or importance to the world by following your true creative voice, something that would not be in the world without your endeavors.  :)

    Anyway, I have taken forever to find that thing inside that needs expression, and of course, it keeps developing.  I'm glad I started with representation, but I'm even more glad that I've moved past that.  I'm really grooving on these shapes, compositions, and color combinations that I discover by the drawing and painting of them.  Something like these little painting studies will probably make it onto large canvases in oil, and I'm really looking forward to that, too, but I may not be done with this round of little studies yet.

    So here is another original work from the slightly twisted mind of yours truly.  :)

    "Octopus's Garden"
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    5.75″ x 6″
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-06-25 22:51:44
    Finally, a New Painting!

    It seems that there will just be times when life gets in the way of creativity.  :(

    My past two months have been full of all kinds of activity -- too little of which has been painting, but I finally cleared out my schedule and the studio  enough on Sunday to get back in there and paint, and man, does it feel good.

    The painting I spent the most time working on Sunday afternoon is still a mess.  I think perhaps some canvases are just cursed, as that one has been ~20 different paintings over the past few months, and I've not been happy with any of them!

    This one, on the other hand, came together fairly quickly and directly.  I may do a tad more to it; haven't decided yet, but I can say I'm fairly happy with most parts of it, and with the whole.  Yay!

    "Composition #10, 2013"
    Acrylic on Panel
    9" x 12"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

    #nonojectivepainting   #abstractart   #acrylicpainting  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-06-25 22:51:44
    Finally, a New Painting!

    It seems that there will just be times when life gets in the way of creativity.  :(

    My past two months have been full of all kinds of activity -- too little of which has been painting, but I finally cleared out my schedule and the studio  enough on Sunday to get back in there and paint, and man, does it feel good.

    The painting I spent the most time working on Sunday afternoon is still a mess.  I think perhaps some canvases are just cursed, as that one has been ~20 different paintings over the past few months, and I've not been happy with any of them!

    This one, on the other hand, came together fairly quickly and directly.  I may do a tad more to it; haven't decided yet, but I can say I'm fairly happy with most parts of it, and with the whole.  Yay!

    "Composition #10, 2013"
    Acrylic on Panel
    9" x 12"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

    #nonojectivepainting   #abstractart   #acrylicpainting  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-06-25 22:51:44
    Finally, a New Painting!

    It seems that there will just be times when life gets in the way of creativity.  :(

    My past two months have been full of all kinds of activity -- too little of which has been painting, but I finally cleared out my schedule and the studio  enough on Sunday to get back in there and paint, and man, does it feel good.

    The painting I spent the most time working on Sunday afternoon is still a mess.  I think perhaps some canvases are just cursed, as that one has been ~20 different paintings over the past few months, and I've not been happy with any of them!

    This one, on the other hand, came together fairly quickly and directly.  I may do a tad more to it; haven't decided yet, but I can say I'm fairly happy with most parts of it, and with the whole.  Yay!

    "Composition #10, 2013"
    Acrylic on Panel
    9" x 12"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

    #nonojectivepainting   #abstractart   #acrylicpainting  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-05 21:23:21
    Another mini-painting from last week.

    This one could be called "The Non-Conformist," as I used just 3 hues of red + white to make this, but as you can see, a little blue snuck itself into one square.

    Daily Painting 2014-016
    Oil on canvas
    4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-05 21:23:21
    Another mini-painting from last week.

    This one could be called "The Non-Conformist," as I used just 3 hues of red + white to make this, but as you can see, a little blue snuck itself into one square.

    Daily Painting 2014-016
    Oil on canvas
    4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-05 21:23:21
    Another mini-painting from last week.

    This one could be called "The Non-Conformist," as I used just 3 hues of red + white to make this, but as you can see, a little blue snuck itself into one square.

    Daily Painting 2014-016
    Oil on canvas
    4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2012-09-27 19:38:48
    Another New Painting: “Taco and Feud in Asia Minor”

    This is another work that started out quite differently than it ended up.  It was filled from corner to corner with ovals to start with, but then I kept taking out more and more stuff.  I'm much happier with it now, though still not sure I'm 100% thrilled...

    “Taco and Feud in Asia Minor”
    Oil on canvas
    18″ x 18″
    © 2012 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2012-09-27 19:38:48
    Another New Painting: “Taco and Feud in Asia Minor”

    This is another work that started out quite differently than it ended up.  It was filled from corner to corner with ovals to start with, but then I kept taking out more and more stuff.  I'm much happier with it now, though still not sure I'm 100% thrilled...

    “Taco and Feud in Asia Minor”
    Oil on canvas
    18″ x 18″
    © 2012 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2012-09-27 19:38:48
    Another New Painting: “Taco and Feud in Asia Minor”

    This is another work that started out quite differently than it ended up.  It was filled from corner to corner with ovals to start with, but then I kept taking out more and more stuff.  I'm much happier with it now, though still not sure I'm 100% thrilled...

    “Taco and Feud in Asia Minor”
    Oil on canvas
    18″ x 18″
    © 2012 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-19 03:46:20
    This Color Mini painting is on its way to its new home in Wisconsin!  Woo-hoo!  :)

    In the meantime, I'm rebuilding my shop site, which had a little meltdown the other day.  :(
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-19 03:46:20
    This Color Mini painting is on its way to its new home in Wisconsin!  Woo-hoo!  :)

    In the meantime, I'm rebuilding my shop site, which had a little meltdown the other day.  :(
  • 62 plusses - 13 comments - 3 shares | Read in G+
  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-19 03:46:20
    This Color Mini painting is on its way to its new home in Wisconsin!  Woo-hoo!  :)

    In the meantime, I'm rebuilding my shop site, which had a little meltdown the other day.  :(
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-01-09 22:34:39
    Progress Photos from the Painting "Food Forest" - 2012

    Several people have told me how much they like seeing progress photos of paintings.  Soooooo, I thought I'd share with you all some of my progress shots from recent works, starting with "Food Forest."

    The process for this painting started with a photography session at an Urban Patchwork "food forest."  Several artists were preparing work for a one-night show to benefit Austin's Urban Patchwork community gardens.  I took quite a few photos, and then spent days just thinking about what I wanted my first painting for this show to be.  I came up with my composition with some imagery drawn from many photos.

    I don't always do sketches for works, and the one here is a pretty sad example, but sometimes all you need is a compositional thumbnail and that's all this was meant to be.  (I can draw much better than this, really, and if I'd known I was going to share these sketches with anyone, maybe I would have).  :)

    I also painted this in acrylic -- Chroma's Atelier Interactive acrylics, which is mostly what I've used when trying to paint in acrylic.  You may know that I'm an oil painter at heart, and find acrylics frustrating, but I knew I didn't have time for a new oil painting to dry in time for the show, so acrylics it was to be.  (yikes!)

    I started on a Friday afternoon, and finished the following Monday, which is pretty fast for me to complete an entire painting this size.

    These are the only photos I took of the process, so I'm guessing each photo represents one's day's work.  The final photo is color-accurate, AFAICT; the others are shot with a mishmash of lights in the studio (so the color temperatures are different from the actual painting and the final shot).


    I have to admit, shaking up my medium really worked in this instance.  I love this painting!  It now hangs in the living room, so I get to enjoy it every day.  Which is not to say that I won't part with it.  :)

    "Food Forest"
    Acrylic on canvas
    24" x 30"
    © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

    http://marilynfenn.com/shop/food-forest/
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-01-09 22:34:39
    Progress Photos from the Painting "Food Forest" - 2012

    Several people have told me how much they like seeing progress photos of paintings.  Soooooo, I thought I'd share with you all some of my progress shots from recent works, starting with "Food Forest."

    The process for this painting started with a photography session at an Urban Patchwork "food forest."  Several artists were preparing work for a one-night show to benefit Austin's Urban Patchwork community gardens.  I took quite a few photos, and then spent days just thinking about what I wanted my first painting for this show to be.  I came up with my composition with some imagery drawn from many photos.

    I don't always do sketches for works, and the one here is a pretty sad example, but sometimes all you need is a compositional thumbnail and that's all this was meant to be.  (I can draw much better than this, really, and if I'd known I was going to share these sketches with anyone, maybe I would have).  :)

    I also painted this in acrylic -- Chroma's Atelier Interactive acrylics, which is mostly what I've used when trying to paint in acrylic.  You may know that I'm an oil painter at heart, and find acrylics frustrating, but I knew I didn't have time for a new oil painting to dry in time for the show, so acrylics it was to be.  (yikes!)

    I started on a Friday afternoon, and finished the following Monday, which is pretty fast for me to complete an entire painting this size.

    These are the only photos I took of the process, so I'm guessing each photo represents one's day's work.  The final photo is color-accurate, AFAICT; the others are shot with a mishmash of lights in the studio (so the color temperatures are different from the actual painting and the final shot).


    I have to admit, shaking up my medium really worked in this instance.  I love this painting!  It now hangs in the living room, so I get to enjoy it every day.  Which is not to say that I won't part with it.  :)

    "Food Forest"
    Acrylic on canvas
    24" x 30"
    © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

    http://marilynfenn.com/shop/food-forest/
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-01-09 22:34:39
    Progress Photos from the Painting "Food Forest" - 2012

    Several people have told me how much they like seeing progress photos of paintings.  Soooooo, I thought I'd share with you all some of my progress shots from recent works, starting with "Food Forest."

    The process for this painting started with a photography session at an Urban Patchwork "food forest."  Several artists were preparing work for a one-night show to benefit Austin's Urban Patchwork community gardens.  I took quite a few photos, and then spent days just thinking about what I wanted my first painting for this show to be.  I came up with my composition with some imagery drawn from many photos.

    I don't always do sketches for works, and the one here is a pretty sad example, but sometimes all you need is a compositional thumbnail and that's all this was meant to be.  (I can draw much better than this, really, and if I'd known I was going to share these sketches with anyone, maybe I would have).  :)

    I also painted this in acrylic -- Chroma's Atelier Interactive acrylics, which is mostly what I've used when trying to paint in acrylic.  You may know that I'm an oil painter at heart, and find acrylics frustrating, but I knew I didn't have time for a new oil painting to dry in time for the show, so acrylics it was to be.  (yikes!)

    I started on a Friday afternoon, and finished the following Monday, which is pretty fast for me to complete an entire painting this size.

    These are the only photos I took of the process, so I'm guessing each photo represents one's day's work.  The final photo is color-accurate, AFAICT; the others are shot with a mishmash of lights in the studio (so the color temperatures are different from the actual painting and the final shot).


    I have to admit, shaking up my medium really worked in this instance.  I love this painting!  It now hangs in the living room, so I get to enjoy it every day.  Which is not to say that I won't part with it.  :)

    "Food Forest"
    Acrylic on canvas
    24" x 30"
    © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

    http://marilynfenn.com/shop/food-forest/
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-03-06 21:42:20
    Hmmm....

    The new G+ Profile background is huge!  For my tastes, the width is fine, but the height is about 1/3 larger than it needs to be.  I can't even see the whole background image in my browser, even with the browser at full size. What to do with all that space, too?  I'm a bit bamboozled.  

    I used black in the bottom...here's a screencap of the full window (after spending way too long trying to figure out just what proportions to make my image).  Probably looks different on my tablets, too, and on your devices.  :\
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-03-06 21:42:20
    Hmmm....

    The new G+ Profile background is huge!  For my tastes, the width is fine, but the height is about 1/3 larger than it needs to be.  I can't even see the whole background image in my browser, even with the browser at full size. What to do with all that space, too?  I'm a bit bamboozled.  

    I used black in the bottom...here's a screencap of the full window (after spending way too long trying to figure out just what proportions to make my image).  Probably looks different on my tablets, too, and on your devices.  :\
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-03-06 21:42:20
    Hmmm....

    The new G+ Profile background is huge!  For my tastes, the width is fine, but the height is about 1/3 larger than it needs to be.  I can't even see the whole background image in my browser, even with the browser at full size. What to do with all that space, too?  I'm a bit bamboozled.  

    I used black in the bottom...here's a screencap of the full window (after spending way too long trying to figure out just what proportions to make my image).  Probably looks different on my tablets, too, and on your devices.  :\
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-02-03 00:24:11
    My Mind's Got a Mind of Its Own

    I started 3 more small sketches for watercolor paintings in the last day or two, erased one of them, ignored the second and painted only this one.  This didn't turn out quite the way I envisioned, but I like it anyway, and it is inspiring a new set of oil paintings that I hope will be rather successful, but we'll all have to wait and see on that.  :)

    "Yabbadabbadabacus!"
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    5.75" x 6"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-02-03 00:24:11
    My Mind's Got a Mind of Its Own

    I started 3 more small sketches for watercolor paintings in the last day or two, erased one of them, ignored the second and painted only this one.  This didn't turn out quite the way I envisioned, but I like it anyway, and it is inspiring a new set of oil paintings that I hope will be rather successful, but we'll all have to wait and see on that.  :)

    "Yabbadabbadabacus!"
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    5.75" x 6"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-02-03 00:24:11
    My Mind's Got a Mind of Its Own

    I started 3 more small sketches for watercolor paintings in the last day or two, erased one of them, ignored the second and painted only this one.  This didn't turn out quite the way I envisioned, but I like it anyway, and it is inspiring a new set of oil paintings that I hope will be rather successful, but we'll all have to wait and see on that.  :)

    "Yabbadabbadabacus!"
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    5.75" x 6"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
  • 45 plusses - 21 comments - 5 shares | Read in G+
  • Marilyn Fenn2013-04-20 18:21:37
    Welcome to All My New Followers!

    Over a thousand in about a week!  I am truly humbled, and hope that you find my almost daily (or more) posts to your liking.  

    As you may know, I am a painter, currently working in abstraction, but with a good background in representation.  I paint in oil, watercolor, acrylic, ink or mixed media, depending on what ideas I'm interested in exploring.  I post mostly my own art, sometimes the art of others, some studio pics and other snapshots from my life.  I have a website of my paintings, a blog, and an online shop of my work, which you can find on my profile.

    Let's engage.  If you leave a comment on my posts (as long as it's not inappropriate, weird or mean), I will add you back.  :)

    I am presently seeking out new territory in my paintings, and it's too soon to show what I'm trying to learn now.  So, for your viewing pleasure today, here is one of my favorite paintings from my encaustic period (which lasted maybe 3-4 years, and may not yet be over).  This is the 4th in a series of 4 paintings of poppies - a very popular group of paintings.

    “Stoic Poppies in an Earthquake”
    Encaustic on panel
    12″ x 12″
    © 2007 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-04-20 18:21:37
    Welcome to All My New Followers!

    Over a thousand in about a week!  I am truly humbled, and hope that you find my almost daily (or more) posts to your liking.  

    As you may know, I am a painter, currently working in abstraction, but with a good background in representation.  I paint in oil, watercolor, acrylic, ink or mixed media, depending on what ideas I'm interested in exploring.  I post mostly my own art, sometimes the art of others, some studio pics and other snapshots from my life.  I have a website of my paintings, a blog, and an online shop of my work, which you can find on my profile.

    Let's engage.  If you leave a comment on my posts (as long as it's not inappropriate, weird or mean), I will add you back.  :)

    I am presently seeking out new territory in my paintings, and it's too soon to show what I'm trying to learn now.  So, for your viewing pleasure today, here is one of my favorite paintings from my encaustic period (which lasted maybe 3-4 years, and may not yet be over).  This is the 4th in a series of 4 paintings of poppies - a very popular group of paintings.

    “Stoic Poppies in an Earthquake”
    Encaustic on panel
    12″ x 12″
    © 2007 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-04-20 18:21:37
    Welcome to All My New Followers!

    Over a thousand in about a week!  I am truly humbled, and hope that you find my almost daily (or more) posts to your liking.  

    As you may know, I am a painter, currently working in abstraction, but with a good background in representation.  I paint in oil, watercolor, acrylic, ink or mixed media, depending on what ideas I'm interested in exploring.  I post mostly my own art, sometimes the art of others, some studio pics and other snapshots from my life.  I have a website of my paintings, a blog, and an online shop of my work, which you can find on my profile.

    Let's engage.  If you leave a comment on my posts (as long as it's not inappropriate, weird or mean), I will add you back.  :)

    I am presently seeking out new territory in my paintings, and it's too soon to show what I'm trying to learn now.  So, for your viewing pleasure today, here is one of my favorite paintings from my encaustic period (which lasted maybe 3-4 years, and may not yet be over).  This is the 4th in a series of 4 paintings of poppies - a very popular group of paintings.

    “Stoic Poppies in an Earthquake”
    Encaustic on panel
    12″ x 12″
    © 2007 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-03-22 20:51:31
    A Loose Study

    Continuing my experiments with imagery: from earlier this year, this is a loose study in acrylic on paper for what may become a larger oil painting.  No real title, so far.  I like it.  :)

    Study for untitled #2013-009
    Acrylic on watercolor paper
    17.5" x 23"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-03-22 20:51:31
    A Loose Study

    Continuing my experiments with imagery: from earlier this year, this is a loose study in acrylic on paper for what may become a larger oil painting.  No real title, so far.  I like it.  :)

    Study for untitled #2013-009
    Acrylic on watercolor paper
    17.5" x 23"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-03-22 20:51:31
    A Loose Study

    Continuing my experiments with imagery: from earlier this year, this is a loose study in acrylic on paper for what may become a larger oil painting.  No real title, so far.  I like it.  :)

    Study for untitled #2013-009
    Acrylic on watercolor paper
    17.5" x 23"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-10 21:17:12
    In between working on my series of color minis and larger works, I'm repainting some old failed works. This was one of my early experiments in acrylic, but is now more delightfully covered in oil paint; it has more or less the same color palette as the original, but the imagery is quite different! You can see the old intentionally scraped and gouged texture under the oils. Kind of fun, no?

    "Mostly-Daily Painting 2014-011"
    Oil and acrylic on Masonite panel
    10" x 8"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-10 21:17:12
    In between working on my series of color minis and larger works, I'm repainting some old failed works. This was one of my early experiments in acrylic, but is now more delightfully covered in oil paint; it has more or less the same color palette as the original, but the imagery is quite different! You can see the old intentionally scraped and gouged texture under the oils. Kind of fun, no?

    "Mostly-Daily Painting 2014-011"
    Oil and acrylic on Masonite panel
    10" x 8"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-10 21:17:12
    In between working on my series of color minis and larger works, I'm repainting some old failed works. This was one of my early experiments in acrylic, but is now more delightfully covered in oil paint; it has more or less the same color palette as the original, but the imagery is quite different! You can see the old intentionally scraped and gouged texture under the oils. Kind of fun, no?

    "Mostly-Daily Painting 2014-011"
    Oil and acrylic on Masonite panel
    10" x 8"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2012-12-30 22:52:19
    This is my next canvas -- planning for it to be, anyway.  I'm not sure whether I'm more excited or more intimidated.  I haven't painted on anything this big in about 9 years!

    Anyway, I'm doing sketches and color studies to prepare.  Wish me luck!
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  • Marilyn Fenn2012-12-30 22:52:19
    This is my next canvas -- planning for it to be, anyway.  I'm not sure whether I'm more excited or more intimidated.  I haven't painted on anything this big in about 9 years!

    Anyway, I'm doing sketches and color studies to prepare.  Wish me luck!
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  • Marilyn Fenn2012-12-30 22:52:19
    This is my next canvas -- planning for it to be, anyway.  I'm not sure whether I'm more excited or more intimidated.  I haven't painted on anything this big in about 9 years!

    Anyway, I'm doing sketches and color studies to prepare.  Wish me luck!
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-11 19:04:59
    A new piece from last night that I'm pretty happy with:

    "Color Mini 2014-023"
    Oil on canvas
    4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-11 19:04:59
    A new piece from last night that I'm pretty happy with:

    "Color Mini 2014-023"
    Oil on canvas
    4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-11 19:04:59
    A new piece from last night that I'm pretty happy with:

    "Color Mini 2014-023"
    Oil on canvas
    4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-02-24 20:37:20
    Recovered a Watercolor Painting - "Dunk"

    The problem with working in watercolor is if you get the colors wrong, there's not a lot you can do to fix it.  Initially, I got the colors wrong on this one.  I had painted the webby type stuff in the background twice, ending up with a kind of burnt sienna (red-brown) color on the third layer of webbery.  Not only did it clash with the more jewel like colors of the foreground imagery, but it made the whole piece very busy, and you couldn't really distinguish foreground from background.

    Sooooo, I tried lifting the color with water (didn't work well), then lightly with a sponge (nope), then with a bit of light and careful scrubbing with a sponge (better), and finally, I gave up all hope of making this piece work and washed it under running water.  

    Yes, I washed a watercolor painting.  It's on paper, you know.  This is why I love the heavy Raffine "sketch" paper I'm using; it's tough!  And has a lovely texture.  :)  

    I took care not to pill the paper as I lightly helped some of the paint off of it, let it dry, and then had to repaint most of the foreground "characters," while adding a third.  And now I rather like it.

    Hope I don't get myself into this predicament again, but if I do, I know what to do now.

    "Dunk"
    Washed watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    6" x 5.75"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-02-24 20:37:20
    Recovered a Watercolor Painting - "Dunk"

    The problem with working in watercolor is if you get the colors wrong, there's not a lot you can do to fix it.  Initially, I got the colors wrong on this one.  I had painted the webby type stuff in the background twice, ending up with a kind of burnt sienna (red-brown) color on the third layer of webbery.  Not only did it clash with the more jewel like colors of the foreground imagery, but it made the whole piece very busy, and you couldn't really distinguish foreground from background.

    Sooooo, I tried lifting the color with water (didn't work well), then lightly with a sponge (nope), then with a bit of light and careful scrubbing with a sponge (better), and finally, I gave up all hope of making this piece work and washed it under running water.  

    Yes, I washed a watercolor painting.  It's on paper, you know.  This is why I love the heavy Raffine "sketch" paper I'm using; it's tough!  And has a lovely texture.  :)  

    I took care not to pill the paper as I lightly helped some of the paint off of it, let it dry, and then had to repaint most of the foreground "characters," while adding a third.  And now I rather like it.

    Hope I don't get myself into this predicament again, but if I do, I know what to do now.

    "Dunk"
    Washed watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    6" x 5.75"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-02-24 20:37:20
    Recovered a Watercolor Painting - "Dunk"

    The problem with working in watercolor is if you get the colors wrong, there's not a lot you can do to fix it.  Initially, I got the colors wrong on this one.  I had painted the webby type stuff in the background twice, ending up with a kind of burnt sienna (red-brown) color on the third layer of webbery.  Not only did it clash with the more jewel like colors of the foreground imagery, but it made the whole piece very busy, and you couldn't really distinguish foreground from background.

    Sooooo, I tried lifting the color with water (didn't work well), then lightly with a sponge (nope), then with a bit of light and careful scrubbing with a sponge (better), and finally, I gave up all hope of making this piece work and washed it under running water.  

    Yes, I washed a watercolor painting.  It's on paper, you know.  This is why I love the heavy Raffine "sketch" paper I'm using; it's tough!  And has a lovely texture.  :)  

    I took care not to pill the paper as I lightly helped some of the paint off of it, let it dry, and then had to repaint most of the foreground "characters," while adding a third.  And now I rather like it.

    Hope I don't get myself into this predicament again, but if I do, I know what to do now.

    "Dunk"
    Washed watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    6" x 5.75"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2012-02-28 19:47:44
    Tornado, Clay, AZ - Encaustic Painting

    For #LandscapeArtTuesday sponsored by +Christina Deubel

    Posting one of my tornado paintings for tornado season: I did about 20 of these from 2006-2010, all in encaustic. I think this one is my favorite.

    The Weather Channel did a nationally televised interview with me about these paintings in 2010. Luckily, that's no longer online!

    If you're interested, you can see the rest of the paintings now and read my statement about this work here: http://marilynfenn.com/art/tornadoes-2/

    It's also in my shop: http://marilynfenn.com/shop/shop-for-paintings/shop-for-art-by-year/2006-2008/tornado-clay-az/
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  • Marilyn Fenn2012-02-28 19:47:44
    Tornado, Clay, AZ - Encaustic Painting

    For #LandscapeArtTuesday sponsored by +Christina Deubel

    Posting one of my tornado paintings for tornado season: I did about 20 of these from 2006-2010, all in encaustic. I think this one is my favorite.

    The Weather Channel did a nationally televised interview with me about these paintings in 2010. Luckily, that's no longer online!

    If you're interested, you can see the rest of the paintings now and read my statement about this work here: http://marilynfenn.com/art/tornadoes-2/

    It's also in my shop: http://marilynfenn.com/shop/shop-for-paintings/shop-for-art-by-year/2006-2008/tornado-clay-az/
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  • Marilyn Fenn2012-02-28 19:47:44
    Tornado, Clay, AZ - Encaustic Painting

    For #LandscapeArtTuesday sponsored by +Christina Deubel

    Posting one of my tornado paintings for tornado season: I did about 20 of these from 2006-2010, all in encaustic. I think this one is my favorite.

    The Weather Channel did a nationally televised interview with me about these paintings in 2010. Luckily, that's no longer online!

    If you're interested, you can see the rest of the paintings now and read my statement about this work here: http://marilynfenn.com/art/tornadoes-2/

    It's also in my shop: http://marilynfenn.com/shop/shop-for-paintings/shop-for-art-by-year/2006-2008/tornado-clay-az/
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-31 22:28:04
    As requested, here's a little shelf with my 1st 5 color study mini-paintings. I think they look pretty cute together. 

    Daily Paintings 2014-012 thru 2014-016
    Oil on canvas
    each 4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-31 22:28:04
    As requested, here's a little shelf with my 1st 5 color study mini-paintings. I think they look pretty cute together. 

    Daily Paintings 2014-012 thru 2014-016
    Oil on canvas
    each 4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-31 22:28:04
    As requested, here's a little shelf with my 1st 5 color study mini-paintings. I think they look pretty cute together. 

    Daily Paintings 2014-012 thru 2014-016
    Oil on canvas
    each 4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-01 22:56:02
    Daily Painting 2014-015
    Oil on canvas
    4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-01 22:56:02
    Daily Painting 2014-015
    Oil on canvas
    4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-02-01 22:56:02
    Daily Painting 2014-015
    Oil on canvas
    4" x 4"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-01-24 23:15:09
    Hippie Nouveau

    Haven't posted much work yet this year, as I am trying to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone -- and I have stretched -- but I'm not comfortable enough to share those pieces with you yet.

    Here is one I started last night and just now finished that I am comfortable with:  just a small watercolor pencil painting on paper.  I started from the point of continuing my thoughts/impressions of Bontecou, but decided to aim for a simpler design and a slightly subdued (for me) palette.  Not sure I was successful on either of those counts, but I do like this piece!

    I do find doing these little studies to be very calming.  And after 2 weeks of not having our usual daily life routine, and a few days of a visit from my old college roommate, I was more than ready for some calming!  ;)

    "Hippie Nouveau"
    Ink and watercolor pencils on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    6" x 6"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

    P.S.  This is a scan -- my scanner does weird things to layers of color, so it actually looks a bit brighter/prettier in person: yellower greens/purpler purples.
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-01-24 23:15:09
    Hippie Nouveau

    Haven't posted much work yet this year, as I am trying to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone -- and I have stretched -- but I'm not comfortable enough to share those pieces with you yet.

    Here is one I started last night and just now finished that I am comfortable with:  just a small watercolor pencil painting on paper.  I started from the point of continuing my thoughts/impressions of Bontecou, but decided to aim for a simpler design and a slightly subdued (for me) palette.  Not sure I was successful on either of those counts, but I do like this piece!

    I do find doing these little studies to be very calming.  And after 2 weeks of not having our usual daily life routine, and a few days of a visit from my old college roommate, I was more than ready for some calming!  ;)

    "Hippie Nouveau"
    Ink and watercolor pencils on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    6" x 6"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

    P.S.  This is a scan -- my scanner does weird things to layers of color, so it actually looks a bit brighter/prettier in person: yellower greens/purpler purples.
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-01-24 23:15:09
    Hippie Nouveau

    Haven't posted much work yet this year, as I am trying to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone -- and I have stretched -- but I'm not comfortable enough to share those pieces with you yet.

    Here is one I started last night and just now finished that I am comfortable with:  just a small watercolor pencil painting on paper.  I started from the point of continuing my thoughts/impressions of Bontecou, but decided to aim for a simpler design and a slightly subdued (for me) palette.  Not sure I was successful on either of those counts, but I do like this piece!

    I do find doing these little studies to be very calming.  And after 2 weeks of not having our usual daily life routine, and a few days of a visit from my old college roommate, I was more than ready for some calming!  ;)

    "Hippie Nouveau"
    Ink and watercolor pencils on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    6" x 6"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

    P.S.  This is a scan -- my scanner does weird things to layers of color, so it actually looks a bit brighter/prettier in person: yellower greens/purpler purples.
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-08-09 18:20:55
    I Love This Slightly Older Painting

    From 2012 -- October, no less -- so not that much older, but I just changed out some of the paintings hanging in our living room, and I get to see this one across the room every day now.

    Good move, me!

    "Oops! ScuseMe!"
    Oil on canvas
    16" x 12"
    © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

    #oilpaintings   #abstractart  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-08-09 18:20:55
    I Love This Slightly Older Painting

    From 2012 -- October, no less -- so not that much older, but I just changed out some of the paintings hanging in our living room, and I get to see this one across the room every day now.

    Good move, me!

    "Oops! ScuseMe!"
    Oil on canvas
    16" x 12"
    © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

    #oilpaintings   #abstractart  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-08-09 18:20:55
    I Love This Slightly Older Painting

    From 2012 -- October, no less -- so not that much older, but I just changed out some of the paintings hanging in our living room, and I get to see this one across the room every day now.

    Good move, me!

    "Oops! ScuseMe!"
    Oil on canvas
    16" x 12"
    © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

    #oilpaintings   #abstractart  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-01-30 01:20:06
    Hmmm...

    Not sure what to think of this one.  I had one thing in mind when I started drawing out my sketch, but something completely different happened.

    Then I decided to switch to pure watercolors; not a medium I consider myself to be terribly proficient at, but one that I do want to explore more at the moment.

    Then I discovered that some of the colors I wanted to use were dried in the tube (they're probably from about 1988!), but then I discovered you can slit the tube open and apply a wet brush to the dried paint and so use what's in there more or less like pan watercolors.  So that's a bit of a money-saver while I'm experimenting.  Otherwise, there's a $100 set of paints I want to buy, and I'm not sure I can justify that right now.

    Plus, I painted the background far too dark, so I sponged some of it off, but there's still a disappointing lack of contrast here.

    Finally, this one just didn't give me that little thrill of creation as much as the previous 3 little paintings did, so I arrive at...hmmm.

    Hoping the next one will be pretty groovy, though.  I love the sketch.  Now if I can just get the paints to behave.  :)

    Ooops -- forgot the info:  

    "This is Not an Italian Tile"
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    6" x 5.75"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-01-30 01:20:06
    Hmmm...

    Not sure what to think of this one.  I had one thing in mind when I started drawing out my sketch, but something completely different happened.

    Then I decided to switch to pure watercolors; not a medium I consider myself to be terribly proficient at, but one that I do want to explore more at the moment.

    Then I discovered that some of the colors I wanted to use were dried in the tube (they're probably from about 1988!), but then I discovered you can slit the tube open and apply a wet brush to the dried paint and so use what's in there more or less like pan watercolors.  So that's a bit of a money-saver while I'm experimenting.  Otherwise, there's a $100 set of paints I want to buy, and I'm not sure I can justify that right now.

    Plus, I painted the background far too dark, so I sponged some of it off, but there's still a disappointing lack of contrast here.

    Finally, this one just didn't give me that little thrill of creation as much as the previous 3 little paintings did, so I arrive at...hmmm.

    Hoping the next one will be pretty groovy, though.  I love the sketch.  Now if I can just get the paints to behave.  :)

    Ooops -- forgot the info:  

    "This is Not an Italian Tile"
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    6" x 5.75"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-01-30 01:20:06
    Hmmm...

    Not sure what to think of this one.  I had one thing in mind when I started drawing out my sketch, but something completely different happened.

    Then I decided to switch to pure watercolors; not a medium I consider myself to be terribly proficient at, but one that I do want to explore more at the moment.

    Then I discovered that some of the colors I wanted to use were dried in the tube (they're probably from about 1988!), but then I discovered you can slit the tube open and apply a wet brush to the dried paint and so use what's in there more or less like pan watercolors.  So that's a bit of a money-saver while I'm experimenting.  Otherwise, there's a $100 set of paints I want to buy, and I'm not sure I can justify that right now.

    Plus, I painted the background far too dark, so I sponged some of it off, but there's still a disappointing lack of contrast here.

    Finally, this one just didn't give me that little thrill of creation as much as the previous 3 little paintings did, so I arrive at...hmmm.

    Hoping the next one will be pretty groovy, though.  I love the sketch.  Now if I can just get the paints to behave.  :)

    Ooops -- forgot the info:  

    "This is Not an Italian Tile"
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    6" x 5.75"
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2012-09-29 20:09:35
    Squeeee!

    This is the painting I was working on before my husband's accident, the one that was giving me fits.  I abandoned my original idea soon after starting work on it, then decided my next idea wasn't a big enough idea to fill this rather bigger canvas (24" x 36"); then tried at least half a dozen other ideas before discovering I needed to finish the painting more or less the way I'd started it -- my second idea after all!

    So I think I am done.  This is a studio shot; will take a better picture someday when it's not raining (yay, rain!).

    Squeeee!
    Oil on canvas
    24" x 36" 
    © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

    #googie #populuxe #haveilostmymind
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  • Marilyn Fenn2012-09-29 20:09:35
    Squeeee!

    This is the painting I was working on before my husband's accident, the one that was giving me fits.  I abandoned my original idea soon after starting work on it, then decided my next idea wasn't a big enough idea to fill this rather bigger canvas (24" x 36"); then tried at least half a dozen other ideas before discovering I needed to finish the painting more or less the way I'd started it -- my second idea after all!

    So I think I am done.  This is a studio shot; will take a better picture someday when it's not raining (yay, rain!).

    Squeeee!
    Oil on canvas
    24" x 36" 
    © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

    #googie #populuxe #haveilostmymind
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  • Marilyn Fenn2012-09-29 20:09:35
    Squeeee!

    This is the painting I was working on before my husband's accident, the one that was giving me fits.  I abandoned my original idea soon after starting work on it, then decided my next idea wasn't a big enough idea to fill this rather bigger canvas (24" x 36"); then tried at least half a dozen other ideas before discovering I needed to finish the painting more or less the way I'd started it -- my second idea after all!

    So I think I am done.  This is a studio shot; will take a better picture someday when it's not raining (yay, rain!).

    Squeeee!
    Oil on canvas
    24" x 36" 
    © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

    #googie #populuxe #haveilostmymind
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  • Marilyn Fenn2011-11-11 20:07:55
    This is my contribution to #FigurativeArtFriday, sponsored by +Maude McDonald

    I haven't done much figurative work in the last two decades, but I did begin my serious study as an artist with 4-5 life drawing classes and 2-3 figurative painting classes. I also went to life drawing sessions around town for awhile.

    This was maybe a 45-minute pose, and I was working in colored pencil (!), so I still didn't quite complete it. But after the pose was over, a small crowd gathered 'round to ooh and ahh. :)

    Maybe the best figurative piece you will see from me. It will all be downhill from here! Ha!


    "Nude at Vanishing Point"
    Colored Pencil
    17 x 14 inches
    © 1989 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2011-11-11 20:07:55
    This is my contribution to #FigurativeArtFriday, sponsored by +Maude McDonald

    I haven't done much figurative work in the last two decades, but I did begin my serious study as an artist with 4-5 life drawing classes and 2-3 figurative painting classes. I also went to life drawing sessions around town for awhile.

    This was maybe a 45-minute pose, and I was working in colored pencil (!), so I still didn't quite complete it. But after the pose was over, a small crowd gathered 'round to ooh and ahh. :)

    Maybe the best figurative piece you will see from me. It will all be downhill from here! Ha!


    "Nude at Vanishing Point"
    Colored Pencil
    17 x 14 inches
    © 1989 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2011-11-11 20:07:55
    This is my contribution to #FigurativeArtFriday, sponsored by +Maude McDonald

    I haven't done much figurative work in the last two decades, but I did begin my serious study as an artist with 4-5 life drawing classes and 2-3 figurative painting classes. I also went to life drawing sessions around town for awhile.

    This was maybe a 45-minute pose, and I was working in colored pencil (!), so I still didn't quite complete it. But after the pose was over, a small crowd gathered 'round to ooh and ahh. :)

    Maybe the best figurative piece you will see from me. It will all be downhill from here! Ha!


    "Nude at Vanishing Point"
    Colored Pencil
    17 x 14 inches
    © 1989 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-10-07 23:42:48
    Finally!  My Homemade Desk is Done!!!

    OMG, this took about 6 weeks, or maybe 4, if you subtract interruptions by out-of-town visitors (which were fun, of course, so I'm not complaining).  ;)

    Ten feet 4 inches of custom desktop, made to fit so very tightly in this space.  Not counting for the immense amount of time spent, but including the store-bought cabinets, this whole system cost less than 2 corner desks from Ikea (and this one's not made of particleboard), and 1/4 of something semi-equivalent from Pottery Barn, neither of which were just what I wanted, or iow -- This!

    And I learned a lot!  How to do a bunch of stuff, how not to do a thing or two, and that carpenters are awesome!  Seriously, carpentry requires so much focus, math, clear thinking, rethinking, measuring, measuring, measuring, and measuring again, fitting, cutting, adjusting, taking good notes (or perhaps having an amazing memory, which I don't), and did I say focus?  One tiny mistake can cost days of recovery.  Don't ask me how I know.   :\

    So, yes, mistakes were made, though luckily, nothing too big or unrecoverable.  If I were to do it over again (which, luckily, I don't need to), I learned a few things to do differently.  And I only cut myself once, on the Japanese style sharp saw, from trying to put the safety cover back on (can you say ironic?) - tiny cuts, not bad.

    Now, to go clean up and put stuff away, and see if I can get my ancient computer working again!  Woo-hoo!

    #carpentry   #remodeling   #buildingfurniture  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-10-07 23:42:48
    Finally!  My Homemade Desk is Done!!!

    OMG, this took about 6 weeks, or maybe 4, if you subtract interruptions by out-of-town visitors (which were fun, of course, so I'm not complaining).  ;)

    Ten feet 4 inches of custom desktop, made to fit so very tightly in this space.  Not counting for the immense amount of time spent, but including the store-bought cabinets, this whole system cost less than 2 corner desks from Ikea (and this one's not made of particleboard), and 1/4 of something semi-equivalent from Pottery Barn, neither of which were just what I wanted, or iow -- This!

    And I learned a lot!  How to do a bunch of stuff, how not to do a thing or two, and that carpenters are awesome!  Seriously, carpentry requires so much focus, math, clear thinking, rethinking, measuring, measuring, measuring, and measuring again, fitting, cutting, adjusting, taking good notes (or perhaps having an amazing memory, which I don't), and did I say focus?  One tiny mistake can cost days of recovery.  Don't ask me how I know.   :\

    So, yes, mistakes were made, though luckily, nothing too big or unrecoverable.  If I were to do it over again (which, luckily, I don't need to), I learned a few things to do differently.  And I only cut myself once, on the Japanese style sharp saw, from trying to put the safety cover back on (can you say ironic?) - tiny cuts, not bad.

    Now, to go clean up and put stuff away, and see if I can get my ancient computer working again!  Woo-hoo!

    #carpentry   #remodeling   #buildingfurniture  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-10-07 23:42:48
    Finally!  My Homemade Desk is Done!!!

    OMG, this took about 6 weeks, or maybe 4, if you subtract interruptions by out-of-town visitors (which were fun, of course, so I'm not complaining).  ;)

    Ten feet 4 inches of custom desktop, made to fit so very tightly in this space.  Not counting for the immense amount of time spent, but including the store-bought cabinets, this whole system cost less than 2 corner desks from Ikea (and this one's not made of particleboard), and 1/4 of something semi-equivalent from Pottery Barn, neither of which were just what I wanted, or iow -- This!

    And I learned a lot!  How to do a bunch of stuff, how not to do a thing or two, and that carpenters are awesome!  Seriously, carpentry requires so much focus, math, clear thinking, rethinking, measuring, measuring, measuring, and measuring again, fitting, cutting, adjusting, taking good notes (or perhaps having an amazing memory, which I don't), and did I say focus?  One tiny mistake can cost days of recovery.  Don't ask me how I know.   :\

    So, yes, mistakes were made, though luckily, nothing too big or unrecoverable.  If I were to do it over again (which, luckily, I don't need to), I learned a few things to do differently.  And I only cut myself once, on the Japanese style sharp saw, from trying to put the safety cover back on (can you say ironic?) - tiny cuts, not bad.

    Now, to go clean up and put stuff away, and see if I can get my ancient computer working again!  Woo-hoo!

    #carpentry   #remodeling   #buildingfurniture  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-09-09 19:01:52
    Another Drawing Sold!

    Yay!  This one goes to another new collector, in Pennsylvania.  :)

    via Zatista: http://www.zatista.com/store/index/Marilyn-Fenn-Paintings

    #artworksales  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-09-09 19:01:52
    Another Drawing Sold!

    Yay!  This one goes to another new collector, in Pennsylvania.  :)

    via Zatista: http://www.zatista.com/store/index/Marilyn-Fenn-Paintings

    #artworksales  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-09-09 19:01:52
    Another Drawing Sold!

    Yay!  This one goes to another new collector, in Pennsylvania.  :)

    via Zatista: http://www.zatista.com/store/index/Marilyn-Fenn-Paintings

    #artworksales  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-04-18 23:00:42
    Another Older Abstract

    I am still too early in my new and improved painting process to start showing my most recent work.  It feels very different to me from what you might expect, and I am loving the process and the outcomes, but I need to crank out another 10 or 20 studies before I feel like I know what what I'm doing, and that what I'm doing is what I actually want to be doing.  But so far, so good!

    In the meantime, I thought I'd show you the partner to the earlier abstract landscape I posted a few days ago.  That one was called "Steamy Spring" and this one is "Burning Ice."  Two of a kind, and that's all I did like this.  They still look great together.  :)

    "Burning Ice"
    Oil on canvas
    10″ x 10″
    © 2006 Marilyn Fenn

    #abstractart  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-04-18 23:00:42
    Another Older Abstract

    I am still too early in my new and improved painting process to start showing my most recent work.  It feels very different to me from what you might expect, and I am loving the process and the outcomes, but I need to crank out another 10 or 20 studies before I feel like I know what what I'm doing, and that what I'm doing is what I actually want to be doing.  But so far, so good!

    In the meantime, I thought I'd show you the partner to the earlier abstract landscape I posted a few days ago.  That one was called "Steamy Spring" and this one is "Burning Ice."  Two of a kind, and that's all I did like this.  They still look great together.  :)

    "Burning Ice"
    Oil on canvas
    10″ x 10″
    © 2006 Marilyn Fenn

    #abstractart  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-04-18 23:00:42
    Another Older Abstract

    I am still too early in my new and improved painting process to start showing my most recent work.  It feels very different to me from what you might expect, and I am loving the process and the outcomes, but I need to crank out another 10 or 20 studies before I feel like I know what what I'm doing, and that what I'm doing is what I actually want to be doing.  But so far, so good!

    In the meantime, I thought I'd show you the partner to the earlier abstract landscape I posted a few days ago.  That one was called "Steamy Spring" and this one is "Burning Ice."  Two of a kind, and that's all I did like this.  They still look great together.  :)

    "Burning Ice"
    Oil on canvas
    10″ x 10″
    © 2006 Marilyn Fenn

    #abstractart  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-02-01 20:36:49
    I know a lot of you have seen and appreciated this one recently.  Still, I thought I'd share this crowd pleaser (my latest completed work) for +First Friday Art Walk sponsored by +Samantha Villenave and +Lena Levin .

    "Octopus’s Garden"
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    6″ x 5.75″
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-02-01 20:36:49
    I know a lot of you have seen and appreciated this one recently.  Still, I thought I'd share this crowd pleaser (my latest completed work) for +First Friday Art Walk sponsored by +Samantha Villenave and +Lena Levin .

    "Octopus’s Garden"
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    6″ x 5.75″
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-02-01 20:36:49
    I know a lot of you have seen and appreciated this one recently.  Still, I thought I'd share this crowd pleaser (my latest completed work) for +First Friday Art Walk sponsored by +Samantha Villenave and +Lena Levin .

    "Octopus’s Garden"
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
    6″ x 5.75″
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-14 21:35:21
    New Work, New Studio Practice, 2014

    I started a new practice last week of mostly daily paintings.  These are small works in oil (so far--in oil) exploring color, color relationships, paint application, composition, the relationship of form and color, etc.  It's a great way to get back into the studio after last year's home improvement projects that so drastically affected my time and studio space, and therefore my ability to paint.  I'm also working on larger canvases, but those will take longer to be ready to post.

    I'll be posting studio shots of these at first, until the paintings are dry enough and the weather is cooperative enough to take more professional photos outside, so forgive the shine on the paintings, and know that someday there will be better, more true-to-color shots of these.  Here's the first one.

    Daily Painting 2014-001
    Oil on canvas
    6" x 6"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-14 21:35:21
    New Work, New Studio Practice, 2014

    I started a new practice last week of mostly daily paintings.  These are small works in oil (so far--in oil) exploring color, color relationships, paint application, composition, the relationship of form and color, etc.  It's a great way to get back into the studio after last year's home improvement projects that so drastically affected my time and studio space, and therefore my ability to paint.  I'm also working on larger canvases, but those will take longer to be ready to post.

    I'll be posting studio shots of these at first, until the paintings are dry enough and the weather is cooperative enough to take more professional photos outside, so forgive the shine on the paintings, and know that someday there will be better, more true-to-color shots of these.  Here's the first one.

    Daily Painting 2014-001
    Oil on canvas
    6" x 6"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2014-01-14 21:35:21
    New Work, New Studio Practice, 2014

    I started a new practice last week of mostly daily paintings.  These are small works in oil (so far--in oil) exploring color, color relationships, paint application, composition, the relationship of form and color, etc.  It's a great way to get back into the studio after last year's home improvement projects that so drastically affected my time and studio space, and therefore my ability to paint.  I'm also working on larger canvases, but those will take longer to be ready to post.

    I'll be posting studio shots of these at first, until the paintings are dry enough and the weather is cooperative enough to take more professional photos outside, so forgive the shine on the paintings, and know that someday there will be better, more true-to-color shots of these.  Here's the first one.

    Daily Painting 2014-001
    Oil on canvas
    6" x 6"
    © 2014 Marilyn Fenn
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-06-01 20:09:56
    "Enchanted Rock" print - SOLD

    Sold my last remaining matted print of this painting of Enchanted Rock, from my early representational days of painting.  I still have 2 unmatted small prints left, and I imagine those will sell eventually, too.  

    This has been my most popular image for selling prints. And I still have the original.  :)

    I am considering whether I will resume printing giclees of any of my work, as my office space is likely to be completed within the month, and I'll have access to my good printer again.  

    If I choose to make any more of my images available as prints, I prefer printing them in small editions only on good fine art paper, and signing and numbering them, rather than offering unlimited, unsigned prints that can be printed on any old kind of surface through any online printing shops.  I really can't imagine any of my work on metal or plastic, for example, and FAA (for example)  doesn't give the artist the right to veto any media.

    The last 2 available prints of "Enchanted Rock" are here: http://marilynfenn.com/shop/enchanted-rock-print/

    #artsales   #EnchantedRock   #gicleeprint  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-06-01 20:09:56
    "Enchanted Rock" print - SOLD

    Sold my last remaining matted print of this painting of Enchanted Rock, from my early representational days of painting.  I still have 2 unmatted small prints left, and I imagine those will sell eventually, too.  

    This has been my most popular image for selling prints. And I still have the original.  :)

    I am considering whether I will resume printing giclees of any of my work, as my office space is likely to be completed within the month, and I'll have access to my good printer again.  

    If I choose to make any more of my images available as prints, I prefer printing them in small editions only on good fine art paper, and signing and numbering them, rather than offering unlimited, unsigned prints that can be printed on any old kind of surface through any online printing shops.  I really can't imagine any of my work on metal or plastic, for example, and FAA (for example)  doesn't give the artist the right to veto any media.

    The last 2 available prints of "Enchanted Rock" are here: http://marilynfenn.com/shop/enchanted-rock-print/

    #artsales   #EnchantedRock   #gicleeprint  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-06-01 20:09:56
    "Enchanted Rock" print - SOLD

    Sold my last remaining matted print of this painting of Enchanted Rock, from my early representational days of painting.  I still have 2 unmatted small prints left, and I imagine those will sell eventually, too.  

    This has been my most popular image for selling prints. And I still have the original.  :)

    I am considering whether I will resume printing giclees of any of my work, as my office space is likely to be completed within the month, and I'll have access to my good printer again.  

    If I choose to make any more of my images available as prints, I prefer printing them in small editions only on good fine art paper, and signing and numbering them, rather than offering unlimited, unsigned prints that can be printed on any old kind of surface through any online printing shops.  I really can't imagine any of my work on metal or plastic, for example, and FAA (for example)  doesn't give the artist the right to veto any media.

    The last 2 available prints of "Enchanted Rock" are here: http://marilynfenn.com/shop/enchanted-rock-print/

    #artsales   #EnchantedRock   #gicleeprint  
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  • Marilyn Fenn2013-03-15 21:47:40
    Mushroom Mosh

    Returning to another sketch in my heavy paper sketchbook, and continuing to explore more watercolor techniques a bit -- I used masking fluid on the plant-like parts of this one, so that I could make a delightful mess on the background without worrying about messing up the plant bits.  This technique may be a keeper as I begin to work larger in watercolor.  It's not so dramatic on these tiny pieces as I imagine it could be on larger ones.

    I'm not super-thrilled with this one, but that's O.K.  At least it's done, and out of my sketchbook.  What I could paint over and improve if I were working in oil, I have to learn to get right the first time in watercolor.  Or live with the less-than-stellar results.  

    Another bit of painting zen.  I usually prefer to just be done when I arrive at that moment where I feel I have "finished" a work, and not go back to fix older works, letting each painting be a record of a small (or large) stretch of time.  And then move on to a new chance to do better.  :)

    Mushroom Mosh
    Watercolor on heavy Raffine paper
    6″ x 5.75″
    © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

    http://marilynfenn.com/shop/mushroom-mosh/
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