Pancake Ice: Third Painting in the Succession Series

“Succession 01 #4-2 (Pancake Ice)” Oil on Canvas 12″ x 12″ (part of 20-panel series, O.D. 48" x 60") © 2008 Marilyn Fenn
“Succession 01 #4-2 (Pancake Ice)” Oil on Canvas 12″ x 12″ (part of 20-panel series, O.D. 48″ x 60″) © 2008 Marilyn Fenn

The idea behind this series is similar to the idea of ecological succession, which is a sequence of gradual supplanting of one community of (life) forms by another, each stage building upon the previous stage.

This painting evolved from the ropey forms in space of the second painting, and quickly moves into circular forms inspired by ice floes that bump into each other, thus building up the edges of the forms.

Space Dancing: Second Painting in New Series

“Succession 01 #4-3 (Space Dancing)” Oil on Canvas 12″ x 12″ (part of 20-panel series, O.D. 48" x 60") © 2008 Marilyn Fenn
“Succession 01 #4-3 (Space Dancing)” Oil on Canvas 12″ x 12″ (part of 20-panel series, O.D. 48″ x 60″) © 2008 Marilyn Fenn

The first painting in the previous post below was inspired by an aerial photograph of cracks in an icy lake. This second painting evolved from the top edge of that painting and takes a whirl into space with ropey forms dancing in three dimensions. Both are 12″x12″ oil on gallery-wrapped canvas.

The Seed: Start of a New Series

“Succession 01 #4-4 (The Seed)” Oil on Canvas 12″ x 12″ (part of 20-panel series, O.D. 48" x 60") © 2008 Marilyn Fenn
“Succession 01 #4-4 (The Seed)” Oil on Canvas 12″ x 12″ (part of 20-panel series, O.D. 48″ x 60″) © 2008 Marilyn Fenn

Every time I take a class with the wonderful painter Andrew Long, my work starts changing…

I took a class with him last spring, which helped greatly in the development of my rather freeform abstract encaustic paintings.

I took a longer version of the same class with him this past fall, and my work is evolving again. He really makes you think in ways you haven’t thought before.

I have started several new series in the past many weeks. I am working out some new ideas I’m having about painting through these several series of paintings.

I plan for the final work in the first series to be a large painting made up of many 12″x12″ paintings. The process of creating each new work in this series evolves from the previous work. The first painting is the seed for the whole series, and each new painting unfolds from an edge of the previous painting, continuing from the previous work, yet with the freedom for each new panel to go in a slightly different direction.

This is the first one.

Starting A Painting a Day

"Green Day" oil on canvas 10" x 10" © 2007 Marilyn Fenn
“Green Day” oil on canvas 10″ x 10″ © 2007 Marilyn Fenn

…or so.

I love the idea of doing a painting a day…whether or not I can is another story.

Here’s the first in awhile: an abstracted landscape in oil, 10″x10″.  Not sure if I’m done with it or not…