“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 giclee prints 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” (unmatted) are here: http://shop.marilynfenn.com/enchanted-rock-print/

Sold – Another Enchanted Rock Print

Enchanted-Rock-Oil-on-Masonite-16x24-inches-copyright-1992-Marilyn-FennThis framed print of Enchanted Rock just sold to a couple who recently got engaged there.  Enchanted Rock is a magical place, the largest pink granite monadnock in the United States, and has a history of human visitation going back at least 11,000 years.

There are numerous myths about the rock, such as it was “revered by native tribes as a holy portal to other worlds”, that “anyone spending the night on the rock becomes invisible”, and that there exist “many spirits in the tunnels” under the rock.  (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enchanted_Rock)

My favorite myth, though, is that in the 70’s, hippies used to hang out there doing psychedelics (so I am told), and grooved on the eerie noises of the sun-warmed rock cooling at night.  🙂

I’ve visited several times, but as yet, I haven’t wandered through the caves under the rock.  Putting it on my local bucket list.


Paintings Going to New Homes


I’m so happy to have sold a few paintings in the last week!

Going to a new home are “Spiral Jetty” and “Tornado – OK – July 2, 1999.”

Tornado - OK - July 2, 1999 | Encaustic on Masonite, framed | by Marilyn Fenn
Tornado – OK – July 2, 1999 | Encaustic on Masonite, framed | by Marilyn Fenn
Spiral Jetty - Oil on canvas - by Marilyn Fenn
Spiral Jetty – Oil on canvas – by Marilyn Fenn



Finding Fine Art: Giving the Gift of Art and More Etsy Treasuries


Giving the Gift of Art:

Organics 05 -- FindingFineArtI have a painting featured on the Finding Fine Art blog, in a post titled “Giving the Gift of Art – Part 1,” written by another wonderful artist, Jessica Torrant.  Several artists were interviewed about their experiences in giving art as a gift, including yours truly. Your can read all the interviews and view the art at the Finding Fine Art blog.

Etsy Treasuries:

Also, some more of my paintings have been featured in more Etsy Treasuries this week:

Running Pops, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24 in., © 2010 Marilyn FennAn Artful Holiday, curated by michellepryorart;

Knot, Acrylic on Canvas, 36 x 36 in., © 2008 Marilyn FennBlack to Basics, curated by rainbeauxart;

Visit these Treasuries to see the entire wonderful collections, and check out the curators’ shops to see even more quality fine art.

Display Your Art for Sale on Facebook


Do you have a Facebook Page, an Etsy account, and/or artwork for sale at Fine Art America?  If so, you can very easily display your work from your Etsy Shop and your Fine Art America portfolio directly on your Facebook Page.

This can be great for your collectors and fans, because in one place, they can quickly see what’s available in both of your online shops and for what price, then link directly from your Facebook Page to the item of their choice in either shop.

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Buy My Art

Buy My ArtHow to Buy My Original Paintings

Shop for my paintings, sketches, and prints at my online shop. You can pay via Paypal, which allows you to use your PayPal account, Master Card, VISA, American Express, Discover Card, or bank account.

Purchase online using PaypalView specific policies for payment, shipping, and tax here.

All purchases have a money-back guarantee.  If you are not satisfied with your purchase, send it back within 7 days for a full refund, or exchange for another painting of equal value within 30 days.

If you are in the Austin area, you may arrange a visit to my studio to view and pick up a painting in person.

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Where You Can Buy My Art

My studioLinks and info to the places where you can buy Marilyn Fenn’s paintings.

The Importance of Appropriate Venue

violinist Joshua Bell playing for tips in Washington DC's metro station
Image: still from a video of famous violinist Joshua Bell playing for tips in Washington DC’s metro station.

There was a recent blog by artist Robert Genn about an experiment by the famous violinist Joshua Bell — who usually plays with great symphony orchestras in fabulous concert halls. One day, he went down to the Washington metro station, opened up his violin case, and played for free (and the occasional tip thrown into the case of his million-dollar Stradivarius).

Hardly anyone paid him any attention; he received $34 in tips for 43 minutes worth of playing — or about $40/hr. — much less than the nearly $1000/minute he usually makes playing in fancy concert venues. Very few people stopped even for a few moments to listen; only one person recognized him.

What does that say about where one displays one’s talents?  Without all the trappings of legitimacy conferred on artists, how many people will pass your work by?

Read more of this story of Joshua Bell’s experiment in the metro station

Check out the discussion on the context that Bell’s experiment started at Robert Genn’s blog.

Art Fairs – Not for Me

Art FairsI inadvertently started doing art fairs at the end of 2002 — sort of in neighborhood solidarity when some folks in my neighborhood started organizing the first Cherrywood Art Fair.

I never planned on doing art shows of that type.  At the time, I was reluctant to put myself and my work out in the art world.   The encouragement to participate in the first Cherrywood Art Fair was a nice, neighborly beginning to getting my work out there to be seen (and often purchased) — and it helped to open doors for showing my work in other venues.

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Questions to ask if you want to sell your art, but are not…

Photograph of Painting in situ in Italy: “Hillside at Giogalto” Oil on Linen ~18″ x 14″ © 2002 Marilyn Fenn

If you want to sell a piece of art you have done, here are some questions you should ask oneself about that piece, so you can convey the answers to potential buyers:

  • When you created that piece of art, you were feeling something.
  • What was it?
  • Where were you?
  • Why did you do it?
  • How did you feel when it was done?
  • What does it now say to you, the artist?

Answers to questions like these will often move a person that critical inch from “I like your work” to “I’ll take it.”

This works: after creating the small study you see in the picture above on location at a painting workshop in Tuscany, I painted a large version of it later.  And I did sell it.

*I had found this tip on an art marketing workshop site, but the link no longer works.