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…

Peaceful Abstract Landscape by Karen Jacobs

Painting by Karen Jacobs "Hope Ridge" mixed media on canvas 30" x 30"
Painting by Karen Jacobs “Hope Ridge” mixed media on canvas 30″ x 30″

Here’s another really gorgeous abstract landscape — makes me wish I were there (kind of like Robin Williams in “What Dreams May Come” or that bit in Akira Kurasawa’s movie (I think it may have been called “Dreams”) where Van Gogh wanders through his own paintings.

Anyway, I’d love to roll in a field of paint that looks like this. Luscious!  View more of Karen’s Work at her website.

Beautiful Abstract Landscapes by Cheryl McClure

Painting by Cheryl McClure "Little Pieces of Land IX" acrylic on canvas 36 x 36"
Painting by Cheryl McClure “Little Pieces of Land IX” acrylic on canvas 36 x 36″

Favorite painter of the day: Cheryl McClure, whose beautiful abstract landscapes I found online at the Jezebel Gallery. This is my favorite! Gorgeous colors and I love how it works as a landscape and also as purely abstract shapes. I’m really led into and through the painting by her use of color and shape.

See more of Cheryl’s work at her website; read her blog at Johnson Creek Studio.

Scott Barber

Scott Barber
Untitled, 2005
Urethane on aluminum
60 × 42 in

I stumbled on an exhibit by Scott Barber while taking a few days off in Galveston for our anniversary. Very keen abstract work, a lot of which had a very topographical look, was manipulated from photographs using PhotoShop into unrecognizable beautiful forms which then make their way onto the canvas (or aluminum or polyfiber, as the case may be). I found this nice review of a show Barber was in Artlies.

Barber’s works were the best thing in Galveston on this trip, and the rest of the trip was pretty good!  Sadly, this was a posthumous show; Barber died in 2005 of complications following a bone marrow transplant.

Also, here is another page from Glasstire magazine about Scott Barber.

The Essence Lies in the Visual Meaning

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series SAIC Class Notes
Copy After Leonora Carrington's "Juan Soriano de Lacandón," 1964 at the Art Institute of Chicago Pencil 7" x 5" © 1991 Marilyn Fenn
Copy After Leonora Carrington’s “Juan Soriano de Lacandón,” 1964 at the Art Institute of Chicago Pencil 7″ x 5″ © 1991 Marilyn Fenn
Class notes from SAIC, 1991

The image must communicate something special which appeals to the senses through the way they are presented.

Abstract concepts help to provide visual meaning (aside from subject matter).

The subject supplies literal meaning.

The essence of a work lies in its visual meaning.