Monthly Archives: July 2007

New Painting: Field of Artists’ Dreams

“Field of Artists' Dreams” | Encaustic with mini-encaustic paintings on Baltic Birch | 12" x 12" | © 2007 Marilyn Fenn -- I seemed to need to do a landscape; this one is called "Field of Artists' Dreams" and combines fresh encaustic with pretty little patches of paint - little mini-paintings.

All the Way from Africa: Reworked Painting

“All the Way from Africa” | Encaustic on Paper on Baltic Birch | 12" x 12" | © 2007 Marilyn Fenn -- This started out as my first Cel Animata painting, and after much work, turned into another painting; but I wasn't satisfied yet, so today, I scraped the whole thing down and started over; after months and months of work and 1/8" worth of wax later, I finally like it!

Today’s New Encaustic Painting: Behind the Wall

“Behind the Wall” | Encaustic and Beeswax on Baltic Birch | 12" x 12" | © 2007 Marilyn Fenn -- This is the first encaustic I've painted directly onto the plywood panel, with no intermediary watercolor paper.  There is so much visual depth to this that cannot be seen on a computer monitor!

New Work: Number One Campfire

“Number One Campfire” | Encaustic and beeswax on paper on Baltic Birch | 12" x 12" | © 2007 Marilyn Fenn -- Brand new abstraction.  This feels like a new direction for me.  I gotta say, I like it!

The Importance of Appropriate Venue

There was a recent blog by artist Robert Genn about an experiment by the famous violinist Joshua Bell -- who usually plays with great symphony orchestras in fabulous concert halls. One day, he went down to the Washington metro station, opened up his violin case, and played for free (and the occasional tip thrown into the case of his million-dollar Stradivarius).

First Atomic Bomb Tested on This Day in 1945

"Atomic Bomb Buster Jangle Charlie" | encaustic on masonite | 10" x 8" | © 2007 Marilyn Fenn --

I envision painting about 100 paintings of nuclear bombs, which would be just a drop in the bucket compared to how many nuclear bombs exist on our planet today.

OK, so it's a little political, too, but that's not what I'm here to talk about.

Roky Erickson Performance & Movie

We went to see Roky Erikson Friday night at the Paramount.  What an amazing show!  The evening started with a showing of the documentary film on his life, You're Gonna Miss Me.  It was very heart-wrenching.  I think both Roky and his younger brother, Sumner, are incredibly brave for displaying the honest tragedy of their upbringing, and the subsequent events, both good and bad.

New Work: My First Hurricane Painting

"Hurricane Katrina” | Encaustic on Masonite | 8″ x 10″ | © 2007 Marilyn Fenn -- Katrina, of course. This was much more difficult than the tornado paintings, for some reason.  But not bad for a start. I may work on it some more; I don't know...

New Work: Mega Tornado!

"Tornado - Stoughton, WI - August 18, 2006” | Encaustic on Masonite | 8″ x 10″ | © 2007 Marilyn Fenn -- I actually started this one prior to the one in the previous post (below). This was the first of the tornado paintings painted into a rough and very absorbent watercolor paper mounted on Masonite.

New Work: Tornado Over a Lake

“Tornado - Big Pine Key, FL - April 14, 2005” | Encaustic on Masonite | 8″ x 10″ | © 2007 Marilyn Fenn -- You can see I've gotten comfortable with the encaustic process again, as this little painting (which I love), has gotten more away from abstraction than the three previous ones (below).
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Untitled 2015-019 - Oil on Canvas - 8 x 8 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 5, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 12 x 9 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Squeezebox Oil on Canvas 12 x 12 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Pecan Street Boogie - Oil on Canvas - 10 x 10 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn