Every Painting Takes on a Life of its Own

Flame Kiss - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn“Flame Kiss”
Oil on canvas
24″ x 24″
© 2014 Marilyn Fenn

This one started out as an attempt to reproduce at larger scale a small acrylic from last summer…and it wasn’t working. I began to rework it in oil at the beginning of this year, and maybe it’s done now…not sure. I need to live with it for a bit, and see what else, if anything, needs to happen.

Top painting, then L-R (you can scroll through the whole series by clicking on any picture in the series):

  • Current incarnation
  • yesterday
  • earlier this year
  • small painting it was modeled on (quite a change, huh?)
Flame Kiss, v1 - oil painting by Marilyn FennFlame Kiss, v1 - oil painting by Marilyn Fenn
Composition Number 6-2013 - Acrylic on panel - 8" x 8" - copyright 2013 Marilyn Fenn

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  • I truly love this one, Marilyn. It’s amazing, watching your transformations through your painting career.
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