New Work: Food Forest

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

I really enjoyed painting this new work of three artichokes in three stages of growth as seen in an urban food forest.  It’s my first return to acrylics on canvas in 4 years, and — as seems to happen so often when I switch mediums — the change causes some unexpected and delightful creative things to occur.  I’m quite pleased with the result.  🙂

This painting will be part of my work at the one-night-only 4th Annual GROW Forth! art show benefiting Urban Patchwork Neighborhood Farms here in Austin, happening this Saturday.

More info on the show is available on the Facebook Event page.  I will be showing with five other Austin artists: metal sculptor Anne Woods, photographer and painter Ann Woodall, painter Pat Strong, ceramic artist Michael Merritt, and mixed media artist Stephanie Rubiano.  Come join us!

Three New Organics Paintings

"Organics Sketch #19" Acrylic on Stonehenge Paper 8" x 8" © 2010 Marilyn Fenn
“Organics Sketch #19″ Acrylic on Stonehenge Paper 8″ x 8” © 2010 Marilyn Fenn

I started this one a while back; I may continue to work on it some more. I’m not really happy with the colors just yet.

I worked on this one and did the two below while at The Vortex last weekend for the East Austin Studio Tour. Come watch me work on more little pieces this weekend, and maybe buy one or two. These are $50.00 each, and I have about 40 little works on paper like this, plus some sketches for less and larger paintings for more. 🙂 Also, if there’s any painting of mine you’d like to see in person while visiting The Vortex, let me know which one, so I can bring it with me. I hope to see you there!

Organics Sketch 20
Organics Sketch 20 · Watercolor Media on Stonehenge Paper · 8″ x 8″ · © 2010 Marilyn Fenn
Organics Sketch 21
Organics Sketch 21 · Watercolor Media on Stonehenge Paper · 8″ x 8″ · © 2010 Marilyn Fenn

Seven New Paintings (to be shown at EAST)

"Be Bop a Re Bop" Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 12" © 2010 Marilyn Fenn
“Be Bop a Re Bop” Acrylic on Canvas 12″ x 12″ © 2010 Marilyn Fenn

I haven’t posted much new work so far this year (!), but here are seven of my most recent paintings on canvas (on 1.5″ gallery-wrap canvas, with painted edges, to be exact).

The first one, “Be Bop a Re Bop,” was probably done in April. I painted out everything that didn’t belong.

Running Pops
Running Pops, Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 24″, © 2010 Marilyn Fenn

The second painting shown here was even more of an exploration of painting materials and techniques, and the painting came before the title (which is almost always the way I work). The title for it, “Running Pops,” was inspired by a wild type of passion flower that volunteered in our backyard this summer; a flower that grew like crazy over other plants. Hanging from the vines were dozens of wonderful little round buds that eventually became either flowers or red fruit, and they look a lot like these shapes.

Your Molecular Structure is Looking Mighty Fine Today
Your Molecular Structure is Looking Mighty Fine Today, Oil on canvas, 20″ x 20″, © 2010 Marilyn Fenn
Whazzup
Whazzup?, Oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″, © 2010 Marilyn Fenn

This painting is still in progress, though it is unlikely to change dramatically.

A Hole in the Web
A Hole in the Web, Oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″, © 2010 Marilyn Fenn

This painting is also still in progress; it now has a new title.

Luminous Future
Luminous Future, Oil on canvas, 20″ x 20″, © 2010 Marilyn Fenn

Now with a new title, I love what’s happening in this space.

Because Somebody Has to be Fabulous!
Because Somebody Has to be Fabulous!, Oil on canvas, 20″ x 20″, © 2010 Marilyn Fenn

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I still have a few more in progress. If I finish them in time, I’ll have them with me at EAST over the next 2 weekends, as well as nearly 40-50 small paintings and works on paper. Join me and nine other Cherrywood artists at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd. Sat & Sun, 11am – 6pm. The Vortex is also planning lots of fun events for children and adults. Check out the schedule, map, etc. on the Vortex website.

Painting on the Train…in Vain!

“Painting on the Train...in Vain” acrylic on canvas paper, mounted on masonite 6″ x 6″ © 2008 Marilyn Fenn
“Painting on the Train…in Vain” acrylic on canvas paper mounted on masonite 6″ x 6″ © 2008 Marilyn Fenn

We took the train to LA and back last week, and I brought some small art supplies and tried doing a few tiny paintings on the train.

Nothing much great happened, painting-wise.  Ostensibly, one could say I painted 5 little paintings on the lurching train, but I wasn’t happy with anything I did there.

So, I am reworking them, one by one.  This is the first one I completed since returning home.

More New Work: Acrylic Paintings

“Soaring” Acrylic on Canvas 36″ x 36″ © 2008 Marilyn Fenn
“Soaring” Acrylic on Canvas 36″ x 36″ © 2008 Marilyn Fenn
Three new paintings

This has been a very busy month — the month began with transporting our paintings up to Fort Worth to prepare for hanging in the “Real and Imagined” show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, which took two trucks to transport all the work for the five of us in the show.

Two days later, we had to drive up there again for the opening, which due to the 777 point drop in the stock market that day, turned out to be a little less well-attended than we had hoped for.  We had been told to expect somewhere between 300 and 1000 attendees by a friend who had worked there; I’d say it was more like 100-200.

I’ve also been getting some paintings ready for the “Fused Expressions” show next month at Bay6 Gallery & Studios, and getting my house ready for the East Austin Studio Tour next month as well. I need to do some wall and ceiling patching and painting in the dining room/kitchen, and I hope to finally hang chair rail, crown molding, and new baseboards.

In the meantime, I repainted one of the paintings I wasn’t 100% thrilled with from August’s flurry of painting activity and painted a couple more.

Here are the others:

Primordial Landscape
“Primordial Landscape” Acrylic on Canvas 36″ x 36″
The Dimming of the Day
“Dimming of the Day” Acrylic on Canvas 36″ x 36″

This one has changed dramatically and used to be called “Storybook” — and this professionally shot photo does not capture the colors correctly! It is in reality less blue, more cyan-green.