More New Color Studies in Oil

Small Color Painting 2014-012
Oil on canvas
4″ x 4″
© 2014 Marilyn Fenn

Less flowy than the large painting I finished last night(!), I’m really grooving on these little color studies in oil. I did a couple last night; they are probably a little stiff, but there will be many more to come, I’m sure! Looking forward to seeing where all these experiments land me.

Yesterday’s Painting

Small Color Painting 2014-007 Oil on canvas 6″ x 6″ © 2014 Marilyn Fenn

I do have an overall plan for this little body of work, but I never know really where each painting will go, once I get going. Which is, of course, part of the fun of the process.

I do particularly like this one, even if it is a bit blocky. Thinking of the word “fresh” when choosing a palette.

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.”