Monthly Archives: January 2014

I’m on Some Sort of a Roll!

"Color Mini 2014-015" Oil on canvas 4" x 4" © 2014 Marilyn Fenn

These are so much fun!

I Really Like This New Painting

"Color Mini 2014-014" Oil on canvas 4" x 4" © 2014 Marilyn Fenn

Ooh, I likey this one; just finished.

Another New Color Mini Painting

"Color Mini 2014-013" Oil on canvas 4" x 4" © 2014 Marilyn Fenn

More New Color Studies in Oil

“Color Mini 2014-012″ Oil on canvas 4″ x 4” © 2014 Marilyn Fenn

Less flowy than the large painting I finished last night(!), I’m really grooving on these little color studies in oil. I did a couple last night; they are probably a little stiff, but there will be many…

Every Painting Takes on a Life of its Own

“Flame Kiss” Oil on canvas 24″ x 24″ © 2014 Marilyn Fenn

This one started out as an attempt to reproduce at larger scale a small acrylic from last summer…and it wasn’t working. I began to rework it in oil at the beginning of this year, and maybe it’s…

Preparing for More Small Paintings

Preparing new panels and sketching out compositions for small canvases.

I added movable shelves to my pegboard system in the last week or so, so I have plenty of room for storing some of those small canvases while they dry. (some of the canvases on the shelves are to be…

A Fun Experimental Painting

“Mostly-Daily Painting 2014-011″ Oil over acrylic on Masonite panel 10″ x 8” © 2014 Marilyn Fenn

In between working on my series of color minis and larger works, I’m repainting some old failed works. This was one of my early experiments in acrylic, but is now more delightfully covered in…

Love This Video (with transcript) from Philip Guston on Painting

"Destruction of paintings is very interesting to me and almost crucial."

See this short video here:

Rules for Composition

  1. Every picture is a collection of units or items.
  2. Every unit has a given value.
  3. The value of a unit depends on its attraction, and its attraction varies according to placement.
  4. A unit near the edge has more attraction than the same unit at the middle.
  5. Every part of the…

Gerhard Richter – “When I paint an abstract picture….”

A good quote from Gerhard Richter about painting.
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If I stay long enough in the studio, just stay with the work even if it doesn’t feel great or seem satisfying or directional or conclusive, if I just stay to tend and garden, then my mind gradually yields control to the more automatic labor of painting, and with that comes a sweet spot in the process further down, a worn groove, a sense of ease.

— Anna Schuleit

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Gallery of Recent Paintings

Easter Confection - Oil on canvas - 4 x 4 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Untitled 2015-029 - Oil on Canvas - 10 x 10 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 3, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 9 x 12 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 8, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 12 x 9 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn