Fraccidental Painting Series

"Fraccidental Painting 010" - Watercolor and ink on watercolor paper - 7" x 5" - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn“Fraccidental Painting 010”
Watercolor and ink on watercolor paper
7″ x 5″
© 2013 Marilyn Fenn

A few weeks ago, I started 3 new series of very small works on paper.  The first series I’m calling “Fraccidental Paintings.”  Well, they’re not really the first in this series, because I did about 4 of these in 2011 (the last 4 at the end of the slideshow below).

I’m using watercolor and inks and a variety of other media on very wet paper, and the inks do really cool fractally things when they hit the paper (hence the title of the series).

Working this way is kind of like when I worked in encaustic: there are some things I have control over and some things I don’t.  I should buy a video camera, so I can shoot this process; it’s really cool the way the pigments in the various media interact, and I especially like watching that moment when the ink overcomes a certain resistance and suddenly floods into the wetness of the paper.  🙂

Here are the completed paintings in this series from this recent painting session as well as from the initial session 2 years ago:

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  • The swirls of cloud look so good in encaustic. Probably much better in person too where you can see the depth of the medium that photos can rarely capture. Great drama!
Gallery of Recent Paintings
Composition Number 9, 2013 - Acrylic on panel -  9 x 12 -  © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 2, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 8 x 10 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Squeezebox Oil on Canvas 12 x 12 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Composition #10 - 2013 -  Acrylic on panel -  9x12 inches -  © 2013 Marilyn Fenn