All my life I’ve been working on the work — every canvas a sentence or paragraph of it. Each picture is only an approximation of what you want. That’s the beauty of being an artist; you can never make the absolute statement, but the desire to do so as an approximation keeps you going.
"Hippie Nouveau" | Ink and watercolor pencils on heavy Raffine sketch paper | 6" x 6" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn -- So far this year, I've been working on some small studies for larger works. I may post the studies when the larger works are done, but that could be awhile. In the meantime, here is a small watercolor pencil painting on paper I did the other day. I started from the point of continuing my thoughts/impressions of Bontecou, but decided to aim for a simpler design and a slightly subdued (for me) palette. I love how this piece turned out!
“The Cosmos Made Conscious” | Oil on canvas | 24″ x 30″ | © 2012 Marilyn Fenn -- This painting started as an attempt to capture the beauty of a passion flower, and ended up as something completely different. I started it in acrylic, too, as my previous work had come out quite well using acrylics, but for this work, the acrylics were just driving me crazy, so I quickly switched to oils.
I could fall into one of Jackie Tileson’s paintings and wander around for hours or days. She creates a deep ethereal space filled with wonderful surprises of different types of imagery: explosions of paint, drips, amorphous shapes, graffiti, circles, loops, and fractal imagery — different vocabularies of expression skillfully combined in one large space.
“Not-So-Daily Painting 2012-008″ Ink and watercolor pencils on heavy Raffine sketch paper 6″ x 5.75″ © 2012 Marilyn Fenn Happy Thanksgiving! I wish all my American friends a wonderful with loved ones and good food. Here's a very cheerful piece from the series Not-So-Daily Paintings/Drawings. As always, available for sale in my shop -- on the Works on Paper page.
"Not-So-Daily Painting 2012-005" Ink and watercolor pencils on heavy Raffine sketch paper 6″ x 5.75″ © 2012 Marilyn Fenn Last week, I resumed working on my Not-So-Daily Paintings/Drawings series, and also the work inspired by the sculptures of Lee Bontecou. Here's the first one from last week. I'll be posting more for the next several days.
Today my friend Jill and I spent about 5 hours visiting all the painting studios (and more) at Pump Project, Pump Project Satellite, and the Bolm Road complex (which includes Big Medium, Pigoata Studios, and Bay6 Gallery and Studios). What an amazing amount of wonderful art, and as always, it's so fun to see old friends and meet new ones. See a gallery of photos from today's art outing.
“Mollycoddling the Collywobbles” | Oil on canvas | 18″ x 18″ | © 2012 Marilyn Fenn - This painting started out very differently than it ended up. In a month full of daily interruptions (far more then the usual tolerable level of daily interruptions), I had a hard time keeping the same frame of mind while I worked sporadically on this canvas.