A Change in Direction…Three New Still Life Paintings

"Squidward Tentacles" Oil on canvas 6x6 inches © 2011 Marilyn Fenn

“Squidward Tentacles”
Oil on canvas
6×6 inches
© 2011 Marilyn Fenn

It’s been at least a decade since I painted any representational still life paintings.  I thought I had perhaps gotten past painting still lifes in favor of abstraction, but have recently found myself wanting to work perceptually again, only this time, with any luck (or should I say, with the development of skill), in a looser, more painterly way.

Here are the first three perceptual still life paintings I’ve done this century: Spongebob Squarepants was the first, and is still a bit tight, then I painted Patrick Star and Squidward Tentacles.  I think they came out pretty well.  These are, of course, based on small plastic figurines of these characters.

Spongebob Squarepants | Oil on canvas | 6 x 6 inches | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn

Spongebob Squarepants | Oil on canvas | 6 x 6 inches | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn

Patrick Star | Oil on canvas | 6 x 6 inches | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn

Patrick Star | Oil on canvas | 6 x 6 inches | © 2011 Marilyn Fenn

I’m really enjoying working this way again, and hope to do more or less daily paintings if I can.  The intervening decade of pushing myself further toward abstraction has been a very interesting journey so far.  I plan to continue working abstractly as well doing the small still lifes; I don’t know yet if I will be doing both simultaneously or if I will do the still lifes for awhile and then pick back up with the abstracts.  Stay tuned.

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  • You captured her pose with such elegant lines and beautiful shading…and ohh, that line from her extended arm, to the curve of her waist, sliding over her hip…well, that is perfection:)
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