New Painting: Woman Chained

"Woman Chained" Oil on canvas 24" x 24" © 2012 Marilyn Fenn

“Woman Chained”
Oil on canvas
24″ x 24″
© 2012 Marilyn Fenn

“Woman Chained” – a gift from the muse… 

I’m not used to having a complete idea for a painting when I start to work.  And coming up with abstract compositions, for me, is still much more challenging than painting a representational work, where I just paint what I see.  Working abstractly is usually much more a process of discovery of the image.

Not so with this, my latest painting, which was started and almost completed in about half-a-day one Sunday.  It is kind of amazing to me that an abstract painting this size — 24″ x 24″ — could be done so quickly.  Many of my paintings that are 1/4 or 1/8 the size of this tend to present much more of a struggle and can take days or weeks to create.

With this one, the basic idea came to me early one Sunday afternoon, and by late afternoon, I had filled out my concept for how the rest of it would go.  Then it was just a matter of sketching the basic structure on canvas, and then painting it.  I did spend a couple of nights making some adjustments to it, but still to me, this is speed painting!  In some ways, painting this was similar to painting a representational work, as I already knew what went where, and then it was just a matter of doing it.

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For me nature is not landscape, but the dynamism of visual forces.. an event rather than an appearance. These forces can only be tackled by treating color and form as ultimate identities, freeing them from all descriptive or functional roles.

— Peter Doig
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  • Wonderful, great job on the glass and spoon as well as the table. As a detail nut I think it’s perfect lol.
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