New Watercolor: “Splat!”

"Splat!" | Watercolor and gouache on Sennelier cold-press watercolor paper | 12" x 12" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn - I thought I'd try out the Sennelier watercolor block I discovered the other day buried in my studio.  Watercolor is a medium I'm not terribly familiar with.

They Can’t All Be Perfect

"Wheeeee!" | Watercolor and gouache on heavy Raffine paper | 5.25" x 5.5" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn - I almost had to throw this one away, but I think I more or less saved this watercolor with the judicious addition of a bit of gouache...and more stuff! FWIW

File This Under “You Gotta Try Stuff” — A Loose Study

Continuing my experiments with imagery: from earlier this year, this is a loose study in acrylic on paper for what may become a larger oil painting.  No real title, so far.  I like it.  🙂

Study for untitled #2013-009 Acrylic on watercolor paper 17.5″…

Another Early Experiment from This Year

This was my 5th piece of the year, and I’ve been holding off on sharing it.  I am again combining some imagery from various series of the last few years, this time in watercolor pencil (with water added, of course).  I may try to fix that purple-y bit…

I’m Still Here!

I have been working on some small oil paintings that are in various states of not-quite-doneness, and one 24″ x 24″ oil painting that is coming along quite nicely, but surprisingly, and I have 3 sketches ready to paint as watercolors.

For now, I thought I’d go ahead…

Artists’ Studios

Just spent a lovely few minutes meandering through dozens of famous artists' studios, courtesy of Joe Fig (who wrote the book "Inside the Painter's Studio", which I highly recommend, if you're into such things). Fig has sculpted artists' studios and artists in their studios.

New Mini-Painting: “We’ve Got Company!”

"We've Got Company!" | Watercolor on 100 lb. Raffine paper | 5.25" x 5.75" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

How many times have you heard “I Could Do That!”?

(Or my kid could do that)... Gotta love the good folks over at Zatista for at least briefly taking on the fallacy of that kind of statement. And check out one of my paintings included in the post, and the very cool things they wrote about it!

Another New Mini-Watercolor: “Orbit”

"Orbit" | Watercolor on 100 lb. Raffine paper | 6" x 5.75" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn -- For this painting, I picked a set of colors that were more subdued than my usual bright fare; I'm surprised at how bright they seem anyway.

Recovering a Watercolor Painting – “Dunk”

"Dunk" | Washed watercolor on 100 lb. Raffine paper | 6" x 5.75" | © 2013 Marilyn Fenn -- The problem with working in watercolor is if you get the colors wrong, there's not a lot you can do to fix it. Initially, I got the colors wrong on this one.
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Small Color Painting 2014-012 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 3, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 9 x 12 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Untitled 2015-003 - Oil on Canvas - 12 x 10 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Untitled 2015-029 - Oil on Canvas - 10 x 10 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn