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  • Exhibits: LACMA – 2014
  • Exhibits: Hammer Museum, LA – 2014
  • Exhibits: Getty Museum, LA – 2014
  • Falling and Recovery
  • It Feels Great to Be Back in The Studio Again
  • Color Minis
  • Tonight’s New Mini Painting
  • Susannah Coffey at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
  • Last Night’s Mini-Painting; Thick Paint with Palette Knife
  • Strange Day in the Studio
  • Another Mini Painting from Last Night
  • This One’s a Little Goofy
  • The Non-Conformist
  • New, But Am I Done?
  • I’m on Some Sort of a Roll!
  • I Really Like This New Painting
  • Another New Color Mini Painting
  • More New Color Studies in Oil
  • Every Painting Takes on a Life of its Own
  • Preparing for More Small Paintings
  • A Fun Experimental Painting
  • Love This Video (with transcript) from Philip Guston on Painting
  • Rules for Composition
  • Gerhard Richter – “When I paint an abstract picture….”
  • From Richard Diebenkorn’s “Notes to myself on beginning a painting”
  • Yesterday’s Painting
  • Here’s #6 of the Small Color Series
  • Today’s Daily Painting

Color is the Thing for Me

I am getting very excited about my upcoming solo show.  I'm painting like a madman, and I'm beginning to be very happy with some of the results.

How Do You Know When You’re Done with a Painting?

I was in a class several years ago in which another student complained about painting abstractly, because she didn't know where to stop.

A Painter’s Obsessions

"Orange Crush" | Oil on canvas | 6" x 6" | © 2009 Marilyn Fenn -- For the past year or two, I've been thinking a lot about what really matters to me as an artist.  What matters most...and what doesn't? Let me start with a list, and if all goes well, I will explore these issues in depth over the coming weeks:

Working in Wax Exhibit Continues Through June 21

The Working in Wax Exhibit at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA -- in which I have three paintings displayed -- continues through June 21, 2009, so you can still catch it if you are in the Northern California area.  There's a Culture + Cocktails Reception for “Working in Wax” on June 18, 6:00—8:00 p.m.

I’m on Cloud Nine from the 5×7 Art Splurge at the Arthouse!

Thursday night, my husband and I went to the Artists Preview party for the 2009 5x7 show at the Arthouse.  I was most surprised and thrilled to see that my two little paintings got a primo spot in the exhibition!  On the main wall, under the writing, top shelf.  They looked so good there!

Opening for “Degrees” Exhibit in Houston

"Degrees" will be up through the rest of May at: Gallery M Squared 325 West Nineteenth Street Houston, Texas 77008 713.861.6070 www.gallerymsquared.com

Opening This Saturday in Houston: “Degrees” Texas Wax Group Show

Artwork from members of Texas Wax | Austin | Dallas | Houston | San Antonio I will have work in this exhibit of encaustic paintings. :D Opening Reception, Saturday, May 9, 7-9pm Gallery M Squared 325 West Nineteenth Street Houston, Texas 77008 713.861.6070 www.gallerymsquared.com

New Website and Blog for Texas Wax Encaustic Artists

I'm pleased to announce that the encaustic group I belong to, Texas Wax, has just unveiled their new website and blog -- designed jointly by artist and web guru extraordinaire Haley Nagy and yours truly.  Please feel free to check it out while we continue getting our artists added to the site. 

Color Options for My Blog

I'm testing some different options for the background colors of my blog. Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

“Working in Wax” Exhibit Opens May 3, 2009

Three of my encaustic paintings are showing in the "Working in Wax" exhibit at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek California.  The show runs from May 3 through June 21, 2009, with an opening reception on May 6 from 5:00—7:00 p.m., and a Culture + Cocktails Reception on June 18 from 6:00—8:00 p.m.
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I have also come to the conclusion that the square is a human invention, which makes it sympathetic to me. Because you don’t see it in nature. As we do not see squares in nature, I thought that it is man-made. But I have corrected myself. Because squares exist in salt crystals, our daily salt. We know this because we can see it in the microscope. — Josef Albers

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Gallery of Recent Paintings

Octopus's Garden - Watercolor - 6x6 inches - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Small Color Painting 2014-001 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Get 'Em! - Watercolor on Portofino paper, 6" x 6", © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Small Color Painting 2014-019 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn