Classes at SAIC

To Create Form, Find an Equivalent for Life

Painting by Hans Hoffman "The Golden Wall" Oil on Canvas 59½ x 71½" 1961

Class notes from Drawing the Figure in Space with Elizabeth Rupprecht, SAIC, 1991

Cut up something and rearrange it within a grid. Implied floorplane.

Project Yourself into the Picture Plane

Painting by Paul Cezanne Madame Cezanne in a Red Armchair aka "Hortense Fiquet in a Striped Skirt" oil on canvas 1877-78

Class notes from Drawing the Figure in Space class taught by Elizabeth Rupprecht, SAIC, 1991

When drawing the figure in space, use empathy - project yourself into the picture plane. Move yourself to the center of the picture plane.

Cloud People in James and the Giant Peach

Class note from Advanced Drawing by Barbara Rossi, SAIC, 1991.

Check out the book, "James and the Giant Peach," by Dahl - children's book with lots of cloud-people.  This is related to a series of paintings and drawings I was doing at the time that involved cloud people.

Class Notes on Color

"Still Life with Orange and Teapot " | Oil on Canvas Board | 11" x 14" | © 1992 Marilyn Fenn --

Class notes, SAIC, 1991
  • More transparent colors recede; more opaque colors come forward.
  • Unify the painting by using the same yellow, orange, etc.
  • Gray colors by using their complements.

Tips for Improving Your Paintings

Drawing by Rembrandt van Rijn | "Reclining Lion" | pen and paint brush | ca. 1650

Class notes from art camp classes with George Liebert and Dan Gustin, Oxbow, MI, summer 1991.

Make a list of verbs and adjectives about your own work.

Class Notes: Some Artists to Look At

Painting by George Tooker Waiting Room Egg Tempura on Gesso Panel 24"x30"

Notes from Art School – Phillip Garner’s Better Living Catalog

I found some of my notebooks of notes from art school (mostly from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1990-92; perhaps a few from prior part-time classes at Austin Community College, 1985-89); I thought I'd type 'em up for posterity.

First: Look for Phillip Garner's "Better Living Catalog" - a compilation of crazy inventions and oddities created by the author.

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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

Composition Number 8, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 12 x 9 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Pecan Street Boogie - Oil on Canvas - 10 x 10 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Composition #10 - 2013 -  Acrylic on panel -  9x12 inches -  © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Untitled 2015-024 - Oil on Canvas - 8 x 8 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn