New Painting: Flamingo Mallets

"Flamingo Mallets" Oil on canvas 12" x 12" © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

“Flamingo Mallets”
Oil on canvas
12″ x 12″
© 2012 Marilyn Fenn

This is, for all practical purposes, my first red painting (I have one other in progress, and I did two small ones in acrylic on paper — just sketches — over the years, but those hardly seem to count). When I take a look at most of the art I have done, a few have red in them, but most do not.

On Friday, I started out with images from Hundertwasser in my head, an idea about concentric circles, and a desire to paint a primarily red painting. This one was really quite a struggle! I scraped and wiped it down entirely twice; two whole days of work obliterated, and scraped and wiped down 3/4 of the painting one final time before it started to come together.

And now I love it, and am thinking of extending it into a four panel piece (in a square).

A delightful Valentine’s dinner conversation with my sweetie produced the title: “Flamingo Mallets.”   😀   I’ve always loved Lewis Carroll!  (I used to copy Tenniel’s Alice in Wonderland illustrations in pen and ink as a teenager).

So, Happy Valentine’s Day — without further ado, here is my first red painting.

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Composition Number 3, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 9 x 12 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Small Color Painting 2014-015 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 2, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 8 x 10 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Untitled (2015-006) - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn