Monthly Archives: December 2008

I Could Have Been a Nuclear Engineer!

At least, that was the top occupational match for me yesterday in an occupational skills test I took online at O*NET OnLine. Whodda thunk? Well, here's the thing I have to wonder, does everyone show up as a potential nuclear engineer?

Spruce Up Your Artist Website – Top Twelve Improvements

Suggestions for 12 ways that artists can improve their website.
I look at a lot of other artists' websites, and I notice that artists—perhaps more than any other group of people with websites—commit some of the worst web design mistakes, thus causing potential loss of viewers.

Looking Back at 2008

This is that time of year when I think it's natural for us to look back and see what we accomplished (so we'll know what to focus on next year, and what to pat ourselves on the back for).

One Blog is Better Than Two

...well, at least, according to my husband, who is more of a lumper than a splitter. I'm constitutionally more of a splitter in my lifelong vain attempt to get organized. I have, however, discovered great wisdom in this man I married, including how much easier life is when you lump rather than split.

New Abstract Painting: Exuberant Springs

"Exuberant Springs" | Acrylic on canvas paper, mounted on cradled Masonite | 6" x 6" | © 2008 Marilyn Fenn

Painting on the Train…in Vain!

We took the train to LA and back last week, and I brought some small art supplies, and tried doing a few tiny paintings on the train. Nothing much great happened, painting-wise.  Ostensibly, one could say I painted 5 little paintings on the lurching train, but I wasn't happy with anything I did there. So, I am reworking them, one by one.  This is the first one I completed since returning home.

Oranges and Sardines at the Armand Hammer Museum

Painting by Mary Heilmann "Blood on the Tracks" 2005

Today I mapped out about 4 different exhibits I wanted to get to, and they weren't necessarily that far from each other (Westwood, Hollywood, and Santa Monica); but we got going too late, and had to return to Pasadena too early to be able to fit in more than one of them, especially considering LA traffic (1 hour to get there; 1.5 hours to get back; how do people stand it out there?).

Cut Paper Exhibit at the Vincent Price Art Museum

One of the art exhibits I really wanted to see while in LA, based on my pre-trip research, was the "Cut: Makings of Removal" exhibit at the Vincent Price Museum at East Los Angeles College.

It did not disappoint. In fact, I was quite blown away. All of the work is created with paper cut by the hand of the artist. The variety of work was delightfully surprising.

Duchamp and More at The Norton Simon Museum

Painting by Helen Frankenthaler "Adriatic" 1968

Just a week after the East Austin Studio Tour ended (my last big art event for the year), we took another vacation out to LA to visit my husband's elderly parents.

On our first day there, we met up with my friend Patri, and proceeded to the Norton Simon Museum. Well, we did a kind of a whirlwind tour there. We had gone for the Marcel Duchamp Redux show, which was quite a tiny show.

We work in the dark, we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.

— Henry James

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Gallery of Recent Paintings

Squeezebox Oil on Canvas 12 x 12 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Murky Morning of the Soul - Oil on Canvas - 12 x 12 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Untitled 2015-029 - Oil on Canvas - 10 x 10 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 6, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 8 x 8 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn