One of My Favorite Encaustic Paintings

I am presently seeking out new territory in my paintings, and it’s too soon to show what I’m trying to learn now.  So, for your viewing pleasure today, here is one of my favorite paintings from my encaustic period (which lasted maybe 3-4 years, and may not yet be…

Back to Basics: Color, Part One

Have you ever found yourself making paintings in which the color is just not right?
I'm not too used to that -- my teachers were calling me a colorist as soon as I started using color over 25 years ago, and I've had many, many compliments on my use of color...  I usually feel pretty comfortable with color.  Exploring color is part of what I do.  Or what I think I do.

Early Abstract Landscapes

While I’m working on some new studies that I’m not yet ready to show you, I thought I’d share one of my first abstract landscapes, from 2006, the year I decided to move away from representation.  Not that I have been completely able to stay away from…

Embarrassingly Twee

"Embarrassingly Twee” | Watercolor on Portofino paper | 6" x 6" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn -

“It’s Spring!”

"It's Spring!” | Watercolor on Portofino paper | 6" x 6" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn - In celebration of a gorgeous spring for everyone (in this hemisphere), here's another new painting.

60th Painting of the Year

"Not-So-Daily Painting 2013-10” | Watercolor on Portofino paper | 6" x 6" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn - OK, so most of them are small or very small little watercolors on paper.  I am trying to do one every day, but sometimes, the larger works (and life, too) consume me completely.  Still, I find doing one of these almost every day to be a very good exercise.  I have to keep finding new images, new arrangements, new palette choices to put on paper.  Invention happens.  :)

Blind Contour Abstraction

It’s true, it’s true — really!  The first in another new series of small paintings/drawings, these shapes were made without looking at the paper, based on images off of streaming TV.  I did look, though, as I colored them in, so idk, is that cheating?  🙂

aka…

New Watercolor: “Another Link in the Chain”

"Another Link in the Chain" | Watercolor on heavy raffine paper | 6" x 5.75" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn - And another mini-watercolor painting.

New Watercolor: “Easter Zoetrope”

"Easter Zoetrope" | Watercolor on Portofino paper | 6" x 6" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn - A little confection for Easter.

Start of a New Series: “Fragments”

"Fragments 001" | Oil on canvas | 5" x 7" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn - This year (so far), I am experimenting with lots of ways of finding images and lots of ways of painting them. This is the first of my "Fragments" series -- favorite snippets from larger works repainted on smaller canvases.
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The purpose of art is not a rarefied, intellectual distillate – it is life, intensified, brilliant life.

— Alain Arias-Mission

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Gallery of Recent Paintings

Blockhead -  Oil on Canvas - 8 x 8 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Small Daily Painting 2014-011 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Flame Kiss - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 8, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 12 x 9 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn