Monthly Archives: April 2013

Van Gogh’s color palette was brighter than we assume

Van Gogh’s “The Bedroom”

These blue walls were violet, and in more of a harmonious complementary color scheme than what we see here. But fugitive reds faded away, leaving violet walls blue and pink flowers white! Gah!

And according to this article, he was more methodical, and less deranged than…

What Does Paint Do?

Alan Gouk Laughing Torso, 2010-11 oil on canvas, 71 x 112 cm

I’m really enjoying the essays of Robin Greenwood.  This one awakened something in my brain that I think has been asleep since art school!  Not sure if I agree with it all, but it’s exciting (to…

Another Older Abstract: “Soaring”

This one is from 2009, when I decided to try acrylics again!  I did about ten 36″x36″ acrylic paintings in a couple of weeks, working furiously (which you have to do if you’re using acrylic, right?).  I was even using interactive paints, which can have the…

One of My Favorite Encaustic Paintings

I am presently seeking out new territory in my paintings, and it’s too soon to show what I’m trying to learn now.  So, for your viewing pleasure today, here is one of my favorite paintings from my encaustic period (which lasted maybe 3-4 years, and may not yet be…

Back to Basics: Color, Part One

Have you ever found yourself making paintings in which the color is just not right?
I'm not too used to that -- my teachers were calling me a colorist as soon as I started using color over 25 years ago, and I've had many, many compliments on my use of color...  I usually feel pretty comfortable with color.  Exploring color is part of what I do.  Or what I think I do.

Early Abstract Landscapes

While I’m working on some new studies that I’m not yet ready to show you, I thought I’d share one of my first abstract landscapes, from 2006, the year I decided to move away from representation.  Not that I have been completely able to stay away from…

Embarrassingly Twee

"Embarrassingly Twee” | Watercolor on Portofino paper | 6" x 6" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn -

“It’s Spring!”

"It's Spring!” | Watercolor on Portofino paper | 6" x 6" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn - In celebration of a gorgeous spring for everyone (in this hemisphere), here's another new painting.

60th Painting of the Year

"Not-So-Daily Painting 2013-10” | Watercolor on Portofino paper | 6" x 6" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn - OK, so most of them are small or very small little watercolors on paper.  I am trying to do one every day, but sometimes, the larger works (and life, too) consume me completely.  Still, I find doing one of these almost every day to be a very good exercise.  I have to keep finding new images, new arrangements, new palette choices to put on paper.  Invention happens.  :)

Blind Contour Abstraction

It’s true, it’s true — really!  The first in another new series of small paintings/drawings, these shapes were made without looking at the paper, based on images off of streaming TV.  I did look, though, as I colored them in, so idk, is that cheating?  🙂

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The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.

— Paul Strand

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Gallery of Recent Paintings

Composition Number 8, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 12 x 9 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Small Color Painting 2014-015 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Composition #10 - 2013 -  Acrylic on panel -  9x12 inches -  © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Small Color Painting 2014-012 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn