New Home in France

I haven’t blogged here for a very, very long time. The reason is that my husband and I have been in the process of moving to France for a long while now. After years of planning and making many trips to France to explore various cities and towns, we finally arrived last fall and found a great apartment in the heart of our choice of cities – Aix-en-Provence. But it took two more trips back to our house in Austin to finish packing what stuff we wanted to bring with us and what stuff to have shipped, and then to get our house ready to sell.

In the meantime, I haven’t had much bandwidth to paint, nor have I had much in the way of art equipment and supplies. I’ve bought a few things here, but wow! – the cost of replacing a lot of the brushes, paints, and tools that I have been accumulating over the past approximately 4-5 decades seems astronomical compared to what I originally paid for things. I don’t know if that’s more related to time or to place.

On top of that, except for a couple of cameras, all the equipment I usually use for photographing my paintings is in our shipment, which is due to arrive – oh, maybe next month. Most of my office equipment isn’t here yet, either. And I need to buy a new easel for painting on canvas.

I have a good-sized room with a great balcony for my studio/office, and I did get a worktable, a desktop, some drawers, and a really nice chair – all from Ikea, which luckily delivers. I still need some shelves and storage equipment, but I’m planning on waiting until my art and photo stuff arrives so that I can try to make sure I get just the right configuration of furniture in which to organize my art stuff.

I left behind many of my paintings, drawings, and prints in Austin. A lot of them got re-homed during our estate sale, some are at Top Drawer Thrift in Austin (sales benefit Top Drawer, not me), and I do believe quite a few got thrown away. I packed most of my favorites, most of my smaller drawings, and my sketchbooks. I do hope French Customs doesn’t have a problem with that, as we have a lot of blank wall space waiting to be filled.

As I chose to come here on a retirement visa, I am not allowed to sell or give away any of my things for at least the first year after our things arrive. At present, I do not plan to change my visa to a Talent visa, which would allow me to practice my art professionally, but I do plan on continuing to paint, because…how could I not?

In the meantime, I have done some sketches and small works on paper, my favorite of which is this small painting inspired by Lee Bontecou’s sculptural ideas.

“Batterie Extraterrestre” – Watercolor pencils and watercolor on watercolor paper – 7.9″ x 7″

Sold via Zatista on Amazon

This little work on paper is on its way to its new home in New York City.  Many thanks to my new collector!

Sold through Zatista on Amazon; my first sale on Amazon.

Not-So-Daily Painting 2012-005 Mixed Media on Paper 6.0”h x 5.75”w © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

Sold Four Little Paintings via Zatista

Woo-hoo!  I know these are going to look fabulous matted and framed and hanging together (if that is in fact what happens to them).  😀

Thank you so much to my new collector in Maryland!

New Posterous Blog


Testing, testing…

I am testing out both Tumblr and Posterous, as I have a new idea for a blog, and I want to see if either of these are the right tool for the job.  There’s much to love about both of them, and yet they both have some limitations.

Right now, I’m blogging from Posterous, and it should auto-post to most of my other online social networks, as well as to my WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr blogs.  (So, if you see this more than once, don’t hate me; I’m trying to work out the paths and any possible redundancies…).

Wish me luck!


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.

New and Belated News

"The Devil's Wishbone" Encaustic on panel 12" x 12" x 1.75" © 2007 Marilyn Fenn
“The Devil’s Wishbone” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12″ x 1.75″ © 2007 Marilyn Fenn

It’s been a very long time since I posted anything here, so a few updates to catch you up on all my news:

The most recent news is that I had another painting chosen for an ETSY Treasury for the holiday weekend; check it out (great stuff, beautiful colors!): Etsy Treasury: firecracker-firecracker-boom-boom-boom.  Many thanks to AB Graham Arts for including my work!

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