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.

Oranges and Sardines at the Armand Hammer Museum

Painting by Mary Heilmann "Blood on the Tracks" 2005

Today I mapped out about 4 different exhibits I wanted to get to, and they weren't necessarily that far from each other (Westwood, Hollywood, and Santa Monica); but we got going too late, and had to return to Pasadena too early to be able to fit in more than one of them, especially considering LA traffic (1 hour to get there; 1.5 hours to get back; how do people stand it out there?).

Cut Paper Exhibit at the Vincent Price Art Museum

One of the art exhibits I really wanted to see while in LA, based on my pre-trip research, was the "Cut: Makings of Removal" exhibit at the Vincent Price Museum at East Los Angeles College.

It did not disappoint. In fact, I was quite blown away. All of the work is created with paper cut by the hand of the artist. The variety of work was delightfully surprising.

Duchamp and More at The Norton Simon Museum

Painting by Helen Frankenthaler "Adriatic" 1968

Just a week after the East Austin Studio Tour ended (my last big art event for the year), we took another vacation out to LA to visit my husband's elderly parents.

On our first day there, we met up with my friend Patri, and proceeded to the Norton Simon Museum. Well, we did a kind of a whirlwind tour there. We had gone for the Marcel Duchamp Redux show, which was quite a tiny show.

East Austin Studio Tour 2008

Open House at My Home Studio for the 2008 East Austin Studio Tour
Another great East Austin Studio Tour this year. Here are a few pics taken during the quiet moments.

Fused Expressions Opening and Show

Texas WAX Austin Artists First Exhibit at Bay6 Gallery and Studios
What a great opening! So many people showed up, and once again, Sharon had some of my work very prominently displayed, for which I feel deeply honored! The yellow poppy paintings on the front wall are mine. View some random photos from the event (click on the thumbnails):
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Vision is the art of seeing the invisible. It is the ability to see something that only you can see, something that others do not see because this something does not have a physical reality. It is something you see in your minds eye, something that exists in your imagination, something that is within yourself.

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Gallery of Recent Paintings

Throwing Off Her Robes - Oil on Canvas -12 x 12 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Composition #10 - 2013 -  Acrylic on panel -  9x12 inches -  © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 6, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 8 x 8 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Color-Mini 2015-030 Oil on canvas 6 x 6 © 2015 Marilyn Fenn