Another New Work on Paper: Octopus’s Garden

“Octopus’s Garden” Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper 6″ x 5.75″ © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

“Octopus’s Garden”
Watercolor on heavy Raffine sketch paper
6″ x 5.75″
© 2013 Marilyn Fenn

Here’s another new one this week continuing in the sort of hippie theme.  🙂

I feel like I’m on a roll, and it feels great!

My husband said something the other day that has had me tickled ever since.  He said basically something like, if I weren’t doing these little paintings, they wouldn’t exist.  They could only come from my own particular take on the world.  So, yay me!

I think that’s true of all artists (of all flavors – painters, musicians, writers, etc.) who are following their inner need to create, rather than trying to respond to the marketplace.  I think of all the painters, writers and musicians without whom the world would be a much poorer place.  Too bad our society makes it so hard for artists to survive by doing their art.

So, if you are an artist, keep that in mind: you are (hopefully) adding something of beauty or importance to the world by following your true creative voice, something that would not be in the world without your endeavors.  🙂

Anyway, I have taken forever to find that thing inside that needs expression, and of course, it keeps developing.  I’m glad I started with representation, but I’m even more glad that I’ve moved past that.  I’m really grooving on these shapes, compositions, and color combinations that I discover by the drawing and painting of them.  Something like these little painting studies will probably make it onto large canvases in oil, and I’m really looking forward to that, too, but I may not be done with this round of little studies yet.

So here is another original work from the slightly twisted mind of yours truly.  🙂

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  • I so enjoy these class studies, Marilyn. Great illustration of movement and static balance.
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