New Painting: Flamingo Mallets

"Flamingo Mallets" Oil on canvas 12" x 12" © 2012 Marilyn Fenn
“Flamingo Mallets” Oil on canvas 12″ x 12″ © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

This is, for all practical purposes, my first red painting (I have one other in progress, and I did two small ones in acrylic on paper — just sketches — over the years, but those hardly seem to count). When I take a look at most of the art I have done, a few have red in them, but most do not.

On Friday, I started out with images from Hundertwasser in my head, an idea about concentric circles, and a desire to paint a primarily red painting. This one was really quite a struggle! I scraped and wiped it down entirely twice; two whole days of work obliterated and scraped and wiped down 3/4 of the painting one final time before it started to come together.

And now I love it and am thinking of extending it into a four-panel piece (in a square).

A delightful Valentine’s dinner conversation with my sweetie produced the title: “Flamingo Mallets.”   😀   I’ve always loved Lewis Carroll!  (I used to copy Tenniel’s Alice in Wonderland illustrations in pen and ink as a teenager).

So, Happy Valentine’s Day — without further ado, here is my first red painting.

New Painting: Sugar Max

"Sugar Max" Oil on canvas 12" x 12" © 2012 Marilyn Fenn
“Sugar Max” Oil on canvas 12″ x 12″ © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

I wanted to do one more new painting before hanging the show at Austin Art Space.  I started this one with the intention of creating a 4th more geometric style work like the ones that started me off on my latest series of abstracts: “It’s Awash,” “Paradigms Lost,” and “High-Risk Pool.”  A few rectangles into the painting and I couldn’t restrain myself any longer…I had to make this one more fluid and free.  Then, my husband brought home 4 brownies for me from a meeting with our neighborhood organic gardeners, no less.  I ate them all over the course of the evening/night, and stayed up into the wee hours to finish this piece!  Wheeee!

P.S. I will take a better picture of this soon. Until March 3, the painting is hanging at Austin Art Space on my wall for the “For Love of Art” show.

It's Awash-Oil-on-canvas-12x12-inches-copyright-2011-Marilyn-Fenn
It’s Awash
Paradigms-Lost-Oil-on-canvas-12x2-inches-copyright-2011-Marilyn-Fenn
Paradigms Lost
High-Risk-Pool-Oil-on-canvas-12x12-inches-copyright-2011-Marilyn-Fenn
High Risk Pool

 

New Painting: Talk About Art!

"Talk About Art!" Oil on canvas 12" x 12" © 2012 Marilyn Fenn
“Talk About Art!” Oil on canvas 12″ x 12″ © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

And now for something completely different…

I haven’t lost my mind, really.  But, this is not quite like anything I’ve done before, except for maybe one or two very old crazy abstract works…but not really even like those.

I finished this last week.   This was one of the first few paintings that I did in the process of heading towards my new direction last fall, but I never really felt it worked all that well.  I just kept working on it and working on it, painting out what I didn’t like, until I got to here.  After so many working sessions, it now has a lot of surface history, and I finally like it a lot.   I hope to do more work along these lines.

New Painting: The Valley of O

"The Valley of O" Oil on canvas 12" x 12" © 2012 Marilyn Fenn
“The Valley of O” Oil on canvas 12″ x 12″ © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

It’s kind of amazing to me what can happen in the studio of an abstract painter.   If you let the painting talk to you, you can discover what it wants to be.

I started working on this canvas last fall.  Then, I was just doodling around on it, trying out different brushstrokes and experimenting with techniques.  I achieved some very cool results, but not what I would call a painting, as all the little parts didn’t hang together.

I started working on it again the other night. I kept trying to add loops in the big space; I painted them in and then out again at least half a dozen times.  I was planning to repaint the entire surface, even though there were bits from the previous work on it that I hated to lose.  I painted over most of those bits more than once and then wiped it out again.

I wasn’t planning for the palette to come out like this, either.   But painting this way is one stroke and then the next, and then a response to that and then another, until you end up with something that does hang together.

This is yet another work that is a bit different for me, both in composition and color palette…and I must say, I really, really like it!

New Painting: Ovation in Pinks

Ovation in Pinks - Oil on canvas - 12 x 12 inches - copyright 2012 Marilyn Fenn
“Ovation in Pinks” Oil on canvas 12″ x 12″ © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

Here is the first painting I have completed this year.  It started as something even more abstract back in November, but I couldn’t quite resolve it into a painting that worked back then, so I repainted it, and now it has become an abstract floral work.  I really love how it came out.

Here is how it looked after a few days of work back in November and what it is now:

A Real Slow Trip - Oil on Canvas - 12x12 inches - copyright 2011 Marilyn Fenn
Original
Ovation in Pinks - Oil on canvas - 12 x 12 inches - copyright 2012 Marilyn Fenn
Final version
As you can see, there are a few parts that remained more or less intact and a lot of additions and modulations.  That groovy shape in the top center just didn’t work here, but three calla lily-type flowers have taken its place rather nicely.

I didn’t want to lose that wonderful diamond-shaped bit of fuchsia towards the upper right, and I think it came out really well being made into a “flower.”  She’s kind of queenly, I think, and seems to be engaged in a dialogue with the fuchsia flower in the center, or maybe they form a trio of fuchsia flowers with the one below both of them.

Scream - detail
Scream – detail

The other part I was quite attached to was the little blue “mouth “engaged in a scream in the green flower on the upper left (when the painting was turned 90 degrees):

Some brushstrokes just can’t be duplicated (well not mine; not yet, at any rate), so this little guy remains even if it’s no longer so clear that it was a mouth screaming.

“Ovation in Pinks” is available from my new shop site, here: “Ovation in Pinks.”