New Painting: Akk-akk-akk-akk-akk!

"Akk-akk-akk-akk-akk!" Oil on canvas 4" x 4" © 2011 Marilyn Fenn
“Akk-akk-akk-akk-akk!” Oil on canvas 4″ x 4″ © 2011 Marilyn Fenn

I love this little painting!  I love the chattering teeth character;  sometimes I feel like this painting looks.  I’m happy with the looseness I managed in this painting, as well as being able to describe so many of the color-shapes with single brushstrokes.   More tomorrow!

New Painting: Say Cheese

"Say Cheese" Oil on canvas 4" x 4" © 2011 Marilyn Fenn
“Say Cheese” Oil on canvas 4″ x 4″ © 2011 Marilyn Fenn

To date, this is the smallest painting I’ve ever painted.  I also changed my still life set up for this painting.  I have a warm light lighting the “scene”, and there’s a cool light lighting my palette (which is between the scene and me); hence the warm and cool shadows that you see on either side of the teeth-clippy thing.

New Painting: Catbird (salt shaker)

"Catbird" Oil on canvas 6" x 6" © 2011 Marilyn Fenn
“Catbird” Oil on canvas 6″ x 6″ © 2011 Marilyn Fenn

This is my fourth representational still life painting since beginning (almost) daily painting.  This one was a bit more of a struggle than Squidward Tentacles, but three painting sessions later, I think I mostly pulled it off.  I’m still attempting to paint loosely, but a 20+ year-habit of “blending” the paint is a hard habit to break.  I have to force myself not to get too close to the canvas, not to smooth out my initial brushstrokes, not to “draw” with the brush, and not to overdo it!

I’ll be painting Catbird’s partner, Catfish (pepper) later, so stay tuned.  All my latest little still lifes (except for those that have already sold) are available in my shop, as well as in my gallery at DailyPaintWorks.

New Painting: “I Got My Easter Egg!”

"I Got my Easter Egg!" - Organics Sketch 23 Watercolor crayons on Stonehenge paper 7.5" x 7.5" © 2011 Marilyn Fenn
“I Got my Easter Egg!” – Organics Sketch 23 Watercolor crayons on Stonehenge paper 7.5″ x 7.5″ © 2011 Marilyn Fenn

The title of this painting is from one of my favorite stories about my husband.  At his first Easter egg hunt, being quite little and new to this tradition, he found his first egg and declared, “I got my Easter egg!”  He didn’t realize he was supposed to keep looking to acquire yet more eggs.  This story is illustrative of the kind of person he is: never greedy, and always satisfied with just enough.  🙂