New Work

Start of a New Series: “Fragments”

"Fragments 001" | Oil on canvas | 5" x 7" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn - This year (so far), I am experimenting with lots of ways of finding images and lots of ways of painting them. This is the first of my "Fragments" series -- favorite snippets from larger works repainted on smaller canvases.

New Watercolor: “Splat!”

"Splat!" | Watercolor and gouache on Sennelier cold-press watercolor paper | 12" x 12" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn - I thought I'd try out the Sennelier watercolor block I discovered the other day buried in my studio.  Watercolor is a medium I'm not terribly familiar with.

They Can’t All Be Perfect

"Wheeeee!" | Watercolor and gouache on heavy Raffine paper | 5.25" x 5.5" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn - I almost had to throw this one away, but I think I more or less saved this watercolor with the judicious addition of a bit of gouache...and more stuff! FWIW

File This Under “You Gotta Try Stuff” — A Loose Study

Continuing my experiments with imagery: from earlier this year, this is a loose study in acrylic on paper for what may become a larger oil painting.  No real title, so far.  I like it.  

Study for untitled #2013-009 Acrylic on watercolor paper 17.5″ x…

Another Early Experiment from This Year

This was my 5th piece of the year, and I’ve been holding off on sharing it.  I am again combining some imagery from various series of the last few years, this time in watercolor pencil (with water added, of course).  I may try to fix that purple-y bit…

I’m Still Here!

I have been working on some small oil paintings that are in various states of not-quite-doneness, and one 24″ x 24″ oil painting that is coming along quite nicely, but surprisingly, and I have 3 sketches ready to paint as watercolors.

For now, I thought I’d go ahead…

New Mini-Painting: “We’ve Got Company!”

"We've Got Company!" | Watercolor on 100 lb. Raffine paper | 5.25" x 5.75" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

Another New Mini-Watercolor: “Orbit”

"Orbit" | Watercolor on 100 lb. Raffine paper | 6" x 5.75" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn -- For this painting, I picked a set of colors that were more subdued than my usual bright fare; I'm surprised at how bright they seem anyway.

Recovering a Watercolor Painting – “Dunk”

"Dunk" | Washed watercolor on 100 lb. Raffine paper | 6" x 5.75" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn -- The problem with working in watercolor is if you get the colors wrong, there's not a lot you can do to fix it. Initially, I got the colors wrong on this one.

New Painting: “You Are Here”

"You Are Here" | Watercolor on 100 lb. Raffine paper | 5.75" x 6" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
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Sometimes if you are working through the night you just stay up and don’t go to sleep until six or seven in the morning, and I feel like you have to take advantage of that groove you’re in. If you’re in the mood and things are going well, you just ride that.

— Ryan McGinness

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Color Mini 2014-022 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Murky Morning of the Soul Oil on Canvas 12 x 12 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Small Color Painting 2014-017 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Color Mini 2014-016 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn