Monthly Archives: January 2012

New Painting: Ovation in Pinks

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 work I truly liked back then, so I worked it some more, and now it has become an abstract floral work. I really love how it came out!

New Art Site Design, New Blog Location and New Online Shop!

In December, I decided to separate my blog and shop from the main art site. I now have one site just for my new art; a second site for my art blog and other related information, and a third site just for the sale of my artwork. Each site links to both of the others at the very bottom of each page, in the little footer links.

New Painting: Hortical Mambo

"Hortical Mambo" | Oil on canvas | 16" x 20" | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn -- I ventured way out of my comfort zone in this painting, color-wise and otherwise, but in general I like the direction. Ostensibly, this is a painting of flowers, but the idea of flowers is really just something to give a bit of shape to the stuff of the painting--the paint, the colors, the shapes, the interactions.

Beili Liu

I’ve had several opportunities to see Beili Liu’s work up close and personal right here in Austin. She teaches at the University of Texas and shows from time to time at one or another of Austin’s galleries. The last show I attended was “The Mending Project” at Women and Their Work in 2011. A room is filled with a cloud of hundreds of Chinese scissors suspended from the ceiling, points down, just over your head.

New Painting: Frogs and Snails and Wiggledy Tails

"Frogs and Snails and Wiggledy Tails" | Oil on canvas | 18" x 18" | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn -- I got enchanted with the idea of using flowers as a way into shape creation for continuing my abstract paintings, but I was seduced by the representation of the irises and alstroemeria. The vase in this painting is part representation, part abstraction.

Heather Patterson

I love the richness of Heather’s mixed media paintings, her use of color and her imagery from life and science. Looking at any of her paintings, I feel as if I could walk into her oddly populated world. She creates a sense of space and a sense of place that stands in contrast to her use of ornamentation, drips and flat shapes that reference the language of painting.

What is Abstract Art?

Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.[1]  It focuses more on the materials and form of art rather than on the rendering of…

Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.

— Leonardo

da Vinci

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Gallery of Recent Paintings

Untitled 2015-023 - Oil on Canvas - 8 x 8 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Untitled (2015-008) - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Color-Mini 2015-030 Oil on canvas 6 x 6 © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 8, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 12 x 9 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn