New Work: The Cosmos Made Conscious

"The Cosmos Made Conscious" Oil on canvas 24" x 30" © 2012 Marilyn Fenn“The Cosmos Made Conscious”
Oil on canvas
24″ x 30″
© 2012 Marilyn Fenn

I haven’t posted in awhile, but I have been painting.  I have about 12 new paintings to share; here is the first of my new series of abstracts that I have been working on since July.

I began this one inspired by passion flowers (we have a huge vine of small passion flowers in our yard). I started this in acrylic, as my previous painting, “Food Forest,” was done in acrylic and I was so happy (eventually) with both the process and the end result.

With this one, however, I found working in acrylic as frustrating as is usually the case for me. So I repainted the whole thing in oil, and then ended up painting out much of what had been part of the original composition. I finally abandoned the idea of a passion flower, and let the painting tell me what it wanted to be. And this is the result.

Kind of goofy, kind of beautiful, and I find myself loving the parts but wondering about the whole. This painting got juicier and juicier as I simplified, simplified, simplified.

 

This painting is available in my shop now: http://marilynfenn.com/shop/the-cosmos-made-conscious/

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  • Your painting reminds me of Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower paintings. Although your painting reminds me of her work, it does bring about a different kind of experience. Her flowers to me are beautiful. But they also seem reserved, formal, almost abstract, not romantic in anyway, not even alive but more like something plucked and then frozen in time. Your work has some of the same shapes, and yet the relationship of the shapes to each other is different and not at all formal like O’Keeffe’s. There is more movement in your painting, more energy, more aliveness. (I’m not taking your title into consideration.) To me, I’m looking deep into the heart of a living flower.
Gallery of Recent Paintings
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