"Frack This!" | Oil on canvas | 12" x 12" | © 2012 Marilyn Fenn -- I didn't paint this to be about fracking, but I had just read an article about it, and the title seemed to fit this piece. I try to keep politics out of my paintings, but they seem to creep into my titles. Or I could have called it something about "pressure." Whatever.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.