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Questions to ask if you want to sell your art, but are not…

Photograph of Painting in situ: | "Hillside at Giogalto" | Oil on Linen | ~18" x 14" | © 2002 Marilyn Fenn -- If you want to sell a piece of art you have done, here are some questions you should ask oneself about that piece, so you can convey the answers to potential buyers:

There is No Seam

Painting by Louis Finkelstein "Hanover Center II" 1998, oil on canvas, 38 x 42 inches

Notes from "Thoughts About Painting" by Louis Finkelstein from "Painterly Painting," 1971

"Between technique, vision, design, expression there is no seam; neither is one thing the cause and another the result."

The Essence Lies in the Visual Meaning

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

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

Creating Movement Through Color

Painting: Song of the Nightingale by Hans Hoffman 1964, Oil on canvas 84 x 72 inches

Class notes on Color, SAIC, 1992

Strive for awareness of movement from:

  • warm to cool
  • bright to dull
  • repetition to change
  • quiet to noisy

Aim for the Big Look

Art by Christian Rohlfs

Aim for the Big Look:
  • tough
  • brutal
  • uncompromising articulation of imagery & idea
  • extremes of technique, like most sensitive line ever, or thickest body of paint.

The need must find the idea & method.

Thoughts Three Years After Art School

It's been 3 years since I left art school. I've been painting and drawing nightly for awhile -- it's amazing how I'm starting to really 'get' some of the things I heard in art school, but somehow didn't make it all the way through from my ears and eyes to my brain to my hands and brushes. It was such an immersive and exciting experience to be in art school in Chicago...

Look at Botticelli and Raphael

The Birth of Venus Sandro Botticelli, c. 1482–1486 tempera on canvas 172.5 cm × 278.5 cm (67.9 in × 109.6 in) Uffizi, Florence

Class notes from Drawing the Figure in Space with Elizabeth Rupprecht, SAIC, 1991

Look at feet & hands like Raphael or Botticelli:

Artists to Look at for Paint and Pictorial Methods

Francis Bacon - Study after Velazquezs Portrait of Pope Innocent X
Class notes, SAIC, 1991
Look at these artists:

Florine Stettheimer

Jim Lutes

Artists to Look at for Atmosphere

Painting by Ferdinand Hodler Lake Geneva as seen from Chexbres, oil on canvas 1905
Class notes, from Advanced Drawing Studio with Barbara Rossi, SAIC, 1991
For help with my current work, look at: Ferdinand Hodler for narrative.

Find the Static and Dynamic Areas

Painting by Cezanne Mount Saint-Victoire 1902-1904

Class notes from Painting the Figure in space with Elizabeth Rupprecht, SAIC, 1991

Look at Cezanne's Mt. St. Victoire - picture is divided in to 3 horizontal bands: dark and warm on bottom, medium, warm & hot in center, light & blue at top.

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Frustration is a part of everyday life and should be understood, both in life and in art, as something to be worked through rather than as something to be avoided. Frustration is a temporary but inevitable reaction to a challenging situation. It dissolves into delicious satisfaction once we realize our goal.

— Brian Curtis, Drawing from Observation

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Gallery of Recent Paintings

Untitled (2015-006) - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn A Question of Balance - Oil on Canvas - 10 x 10 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Untitled (2015-008) - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 2, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 8 x 10 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn