Change in Direction

Some of you may remember that about a month ago, I mentioned I was starting a new series that represents a slight (or maybe not so slight) change in direction.

I had found with the work I was trying to do that I was attempting to make new strides in several directions at once, and it turned out they weren’t necessarily compatible directions!

For one, I wanted to emphasize the brushwork more, and find a way to make the brushstroke form the shape — that they would become one, like the blood and bones of Chinese calligraphic strokes.

I also wanted to stretch my color decision-making process, in part by reducing the number of tubes of color I was using to perhaps between 6 tubes to no more than 8 or 10 (or 12) tubes. Well, you get the idea. This was partly a result of my color studies last month.

And the third major thing I wanted to do was to really push my own understanding of and conception of what makes a good and interesting non-objective composition.

I figured it would be easiest to work out all these ideas by painting in acrylic – a medium with which I have very little experience, but am learning to like for this purpose, at least.

So, for today’s #firstfridayartwalk on GooglePlus, I decided to go ahead and share with you the first successful acrylic painting sketch in this new direction, from those several weeks ago. It is sketchy and a bit thin on the paint, as I got where I was going in this painting with almost no struggle or rework at all! Amazingly enough. But I’m letting it stand as a record of my 1st successful attempt, plus, I fear if I try to “improve” it at all, I’ll really just end up with something completely different. So it remains, as of this writing. 🙂

Anyway, I am loving this new exploration (dare I use that word?), and I love this painting! I don’t have any clever titles for this series yet, so for now, the working title is:
"Composition Number 2, 2013," Acrylic on panel, 8" x 10", © 2013 Marilyn Fenn
“Composition #2, 2013″
Acrylic on panel
8″ x 10”
© 2013 Marilyn Fenn

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Color-Mini 2015-030 Oil on canvas 6 x 6 © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Small Color Painting 2014-015 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Our City - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 9, 2013 - Acrylic on panel -  9 x 12 -  © 2013 Marilyn Fenn