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!

2010 AVAA Member Show

Also, coming up the week after next: I had a painting chosen to be in the 2010 AVAA Member Show, which will open on July 17th at Studio 2 Gallery at 1700 South Lamar.  The opening reception is from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, July 17th, and the show runs through August 7th.  The AVAA members show always showcases a lot of great artwork from very talented local artists, so I hope you can make it! I’ll be there. 🙂


Dedicated studioWe had a bunch of remodeling projects going on at our house, beginning last November and ending we-don’t-when-exactly, so the upheavals of remodeling have interrupted my studio life (on the minus side), while giving me a space to move my office into, thus relieving my studio space of the burden of hosting two rooms’ worth of activities, furniture, and stuff!  In other words, I now ALSO have a room dedicated solely to a studio. Woo-hoo!

Also, on the plus side, I had more paying digital work in May than I have had in perhaps two years, so that kept me pretty much out of the studio and in my new (still unfinished) attic office, working day and night and weekends, too.  In addition to my regular website maintenance for existing clients, I created two new WordPress websites for artists and another for a building contractor, drew over 70 construction illustrations for the Carpenter’s Union, and helped one of my interior decor clients with some more home decorating. Exhausting, but great to have a few bucks in my pocket (which I then spent on basics and more house improvements).

House with new paint jobAlso in May, we finally had our great old house painted for the first time since we bought it eight years ago.  Woo-hoo!   It looks spectacular, many thanks to the wonderful painters at Good Neighbors Painting, of Austin.  They really did a gorgeous job; very professional, nice guys, and reasonable, too.

New deck and pergolaOne of the house projects had me working outside in the heat for over a month, painting the garage, fixing siding, installing doors, cleaning up the yard, installing stepping stones and such, and decorating our new deck and pergola.  I finished just last Sunday, the day before it officially hit 99 degrees outside, and two days before the rains started with a vengeance!  Yes!

I am reaching the end of my major distractions and can begin again to spend more time in my studio. I will have more new work soon, and I’ll be sure to post it here, so please stay tuned!

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