New Work

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.

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.

New Painting: Clobbered by Picasso

"Clobbered by Picasso" | Oil on canvas | 12" x 12" | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn -- After copying a Picasso last week, I started seeing so many things differently! Palette, shapes, composition...my copy of his painting in among my own paintings made my work pale in comparison. :( OK, well, no surprise there.

New Painting: Beast of Burden

"Beast of Burden" | Oil on canvas | 6" x 6" | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn -- This is kind of a goofy little painting that I was really just noodling around on. It reminds me of the little donkeys I saw in Morocco being led across the desert or in the medinas, stacked practically to the sky with all sorts of household goods, water, cans, people, rugs, etc. Mighty little fellows.

A Copy After Picasso

Copy After Picasso's "Nude and Still Life, c. 1931" | Oil on canvas | 18" x 12" | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn -- On Google+, a very vibrant community of artists has been growing all summer and fall. A challenge was proposed to do a study after Picasso or an interpretation of one or more of his works. I thought this Picasso painting looked like a cartoon version of a Picasso, or what Picasso would paint if he were painting a cartoon version of his own work. It is such a fun image, I couldn't resist!

New Painting: Quest for Magic

"Quest for Magic" | Oil on canvas | 12" x 12" | 2011 Marilyn Fenn -- The title of this painting represents the painting series through which I am beginning to achieve a long-sought after enchantment with my process and pleasure in the final result.

New Painting: Strange Attractors

"Strange Attractors" | Oil on canvas | 12" x 12" | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn -- This is one of my favorite paintings from my latest series of abstracts; a series primarily about paint: pushing it over, around, through, beside, until I'm satisfied with the composition, shapes, colors, brushstrokes and amount of paint.

New Painting: Molecular Vibrations

"Molecular Vibrations" | Oil on canvas | 12" x 12" | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn -- Of all the paintings I've done, this may be my favorite painting so far. I'm really enjoying pushing thicker and slicker paint into, over, around, and through previous brushstrokes, and the wonderful color mixing that happens on the canvas. Working this way is going to be fun!

New Painting: Trial Separation

"Trial Separation" | Oil on canvas | 12" x 12" | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn -- I have a few paintings from a couple years ago that never really worked, so I painted over one of them a couple months ago, but never got it to a finishing point. Last week, I reworked the painting one more time.

New Painting: High-Risk Pool

"High-Risk Pool" | Oil on canvas | 12" x 12" | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn
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I will say without reservations that from my point of view there can be no abstractions. Any shape or area that has not the pulsating concreteness of real flesh and bones, its vulnerability to pleasure or pain is nothing at all. Any picture that does not provide the environment in which the breath of life can be drawn does not interest me.

— Mark Rothko

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