Yesterday’s Daily Painting, Complete with Moth-wing

Color Mini 2014-003
Oil on canvas
6″ x 6″
© 2014 Marilyn Fenn

This was sort of a throw-away, trying to use up the mixed paint on my palette from another painting I’m working on this week, and painted on an old unsuccessful canvas from last year, scraped and sanded down. Complete with a bit of moth-wing at around 3 o’clock, 2 inches in.

Painting is Better Than Just About Anything

Daily Painting 2014-001
Oil on canvas
6″ x 6″
© 2014 Marilyn Fenn

I haven’t been this happy in about 6 months! Painting is better than just about anything. And I’m pretty happy with everything else, yet almost all the rest of it just does NOT compare!

I survived my annual major existential crisis in the studio Sunday night. Yes, I could — and did — finally get back into my studio. Yay!

With the help of lots of looking and reading art stuff, I decided to try again to begin a small daily painting routine. This time, I may focus primarily on color relationships and the shape of colors (ala Patrick Heron’s 1975 essays: “Color is Paint” and “Brushwork is Spatial” in the volume “The Colour of Colour”). I was thinking of much more while working on this. Who knows what other things may enter into my thinking/creating process?

Oh, yeah, and I switched back to oils from acrylics. YES! Luscious, luscious oils. Here’s the first one, perhaps overconfidently titled “Daily Painting 2014-001.”

Another Older Abstract: “Soaring”

This one is from 2009, when I decided to try acrylics again!  I did about ten 36″x36″ acrylic paintings in a couple of weeks, working furiously (which you have to do if you’re using acrylic, right?).  I was even using interactive paints, which can have the painting time extended with certain mediums, and can be reactivated with water within a certain time period.

After doing those ten, I went back to oils.  Now I’m giving heavy body, non-interactive acrylics another go, and finding them kind of cool, but still I have to work fast.

This is one of my favorites from that period.

"Soaring" Acrylic on canvas 36″ x 36″ © 2009 Marilyn Fenn
“Soaring” Acrylic on canvas 36″ x 36″ © 2009 Marilyn Fenn

Early Abstract Landscapes

While I’m working on some new studies that I’m not yet ready to show you, I thought I’d share one of my first abstract landscapes, from 2006, the year I decided to move away from representation.  Not that I have been completely able to stay away from representation — in 2006-07, I did about 20 paintings of tornadoes and 5 of nuclear bombs, and in 2011, I did 17 still lifes of toys, and in 2012, some drawings of vines, and well…the need to represent just seems to pop up every now and again.

But that said, this was one of 2 paintings in this series, which miraculously almost, but still quite haven’t sold.  They’re hanging in one of our bathrooms, so I still get to enjoy them daily.  Oddly enough, 7 years later, I’m still trying to figure out how I want to paint abstractly.  🙂

Steamy-Spring-oil-painting-by-Marilyn-Fenn
“Steamy Spring” Oil on canvas 10″ x 10″ © 2006 Marilyn Fenn

And here’s the other one:

Burning-Ice-oil-painting-by-Marilyn-Fenn
“Burning Ice” Oil on canvas 10″ x 10″ © 2006 Marilyn Fenn

Both paintings can be seen (and purchased) at the bottom of this page: http://shop.marilynfenn.com/abstractions-2006-2010/

“It’s Spring!”

"It's Spring!* Watercolor and ink on Portofino paper 6" x 6" © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
“It’s Spring!” Watercolor on Portofino paper 6″ x 6” © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

I usually consider that spring has arrived when our neighbor’s gorgeous saucer magnolia tree blooms, and that happened about February 7th this year — a bit early, I think.  That’s also usually the same time that the redbuds start to bloom, and they bloomed beautifully, but now the blooms are gone.  I didn’t even take any pictures of those this year, for no good reason(!).

But it has seemed to be cooler this spring than other years of late, and I know some of you have still been getting some snow!  So, in celebration of a gorgeous spring for everyone (in this hemisphere), here’s another new painting.

60th Painting of the Year

“Not-So-Daily Painting 2013-60” Watercolor on Portofino paper 6″ x 6” © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

OK, so most of them are small or very small little watercolors on paper.  I am trying to do one every day, but sometimes, the larger works (and life, too) consume me completely.  Still, I find doing one of these almost every day to be a very good exercise.  I have to keep finding new images, new arrangements, new palette choices to put on paper.  Invention happens.  🙂