Class Notes on Color

"Still Life with Orange and Teapot " | Oil on Canvas Board | 11" x 14" | © 1992 Marilyn Fenn --

Class notes, SAIC, 1991
  • More transparent colors recede; more opaque colors come forward.
  • Unify the painting by using the same yellow, orange, etc.
  • Gray colors by using their complements.

Tips for Improving Your Paintings

Drawing by Rembrandt van Rijn | "Reclining Lion" | pen and paint brush | ca. 1650

Class notes from art camp classes with George Liebert and Dan Gustin, Oxbow, MI, summer 1991.

Make a list of verbs and adjectives about your own work.

Class Notes: Some Artists to Look At

Painting by George Tooker Waiting Room Egg Tempura on Gesso Panel 24"x30"

Notes from Art School – Phillip Garner’s Better Living Catalog

I found some of my notebooks of notes from art school (mostly from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1990-92; perhaps a few from prior part-time classes at Austin Community College, 1985-89); I thought I'd type 'em up for posterity.

First: Look for Phillip Garner's "Better Living Catalog" - a compilation of crazy inventions and oddities created by the author.

P.S. – I REALLY Liked This Movie!

We saw the movie "P.S." (2004) last night, with the amazing and beautiful Laura Linney. She may be one of the most underrated actresses working today. She conveys such a huge amount of emotion, yet it’s never in your face; it’s always somewhat tightly contained within the physical space she inhabits, but you so get it! But neither Laura Linney’s performance nor the great little sex scenes are what I liked most about this movie.

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