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  • I Really Like This New Painting
  • Another New Color Mini Painting
  • More New Color Studies in Oil
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  • 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

d-ART: Review of Free Online Artist Portfolio Site

Part One of a Ten-Part Series on Free Online Artist Portfolio Sites.
d-ART was an early entrant into the rash of sites offering free online artist portfolios.

New Abstract Painting: Planet’s Edge

"Planet's Edge" | Acrylic on Canvas Paper, mounted on cradled Masonite | 6"x6" | © 2008 Marilyn Fenn

Ten Free Online Artist Portfolio Sites

Are you an artist with a body of work you’re ready to display online, but you're not yet ready to make the financial commitment for a custom-designed website? Or are you looking at increasing your online presence as an artist in addition to your custom artist’s website? Over the next ten weeks I will be reviewing ten online artist portfolio sites where you can show your work.

RIP: Ray Yoshida, Painter and Teacher

I just learned that Ray Yoshida, one of the Chicago Imagists and one of my painting teachers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, passed away this week.

I'm sad and very nearly speechless.

I Could Have Been a Nuclear Engineer!

At least, that was the top occupational match for me yesterday in an occupational skills test I took online at O*NET OnLine. Whodda thunk? Well, here's the thing I have to wonder, does everyone show up as a potential nuclear engineer?

Spruce Up Your Artist Website – Top Twelve Improvements

Suggestions for 12 ways that artists can improve their website.
I look at a lot of other artists' websites, and I notice that artists—perhaps more than any other group of people with websites—commit some of the worst web design mistakes, thus causing potential loss of viewers.

Looking Back at 2008

This is that time of year when I think it's natural for us to look back and see what we accomplished (so we'll know what to focus on next year, and what to pat ourselves on the back for).

One Blog is Better Than Two

...well, at least, according to my husband, who is more of a lumper than a splitter. I'm constitutionally more of a splitter in my lifelong vain attempt to get organized. I have, however, discovered great wisdom in this man I married, including how much easier life is when you lump rather than split.

New Abstract Painting: Exuberant Springs

"Exuberant Springs" | Acrylic on canvas paper, mounted on cradled Masonite | 6" x 6" | © 2008 Marilyn Fenn

Painting on the Train…in Vain!

We took the train to LA and back last week, and I brought some small art supplies, and tried doing a few tiny paintings on the train. Nothing much great happened, painting-wise.  Ostensibly, one could say I painted 5 little paintings on the lurching train, but I wasn't happy with anything I did there. So, I am reworking them, one by one.  This is the first one I completed since returning home.
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Artists are some of the savviest, inventive people. They have to manage a really illogical pursuit. The rest of the world is a lot more logical. Every artist I know is dealing with a lot of stress, and a lot of desire, and a lot of curiosity.

— Diana Al-Hadid

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Gallery of Recent Paintings

Small Color Painting 2014-019 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 9, 2013 - Acrylic on panel -  9 x 12 -  © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Color Mini 2014-022 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Color Mini 2014-023 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn