Painting is Better Than Just About Anything

Color-Mini 2014-001 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn“Color Mini 2014-001″
Oil on canvas
6″ x 6”
© 2014 Marilyn Fenn

I haven’t been this happy in about 6 months! Painting is better than just about anything. And I’m pretty happy with everything else, yet almost all the rest of it just does NOT compare!

I survived my annual major existential crisis in the studio Sunday night. Yes, I could — and did — finally get back into my studio. Yay!

With the help of lots of looking and reading art stuff, I decided to try again to begin a small daily painting routine. This time, I may focus primarily on color relationships and the shape of colors (ala Patrick Heron’s 1975 essays: “Color is Paint” and “Brushwork is Spatial” in the volume “The Colour of Colour”). I was thinking of much more while working on this. Who knows what other things may enter into my thinking/creating process?

Oh, yeah, and I switched back to oils from acrylics. YES! Luscious, luscious oils. Here’s the first one, perhaps overconfidently titled “Daily Painting 2014-001.”

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  • I like to see abstract work still show balance. You have succeeded. I see the Golden mean which makes the eye signal to the brain ‘That feels right’ interpretation. It’s buttery which makes me smile. The open space top right is brave and adds contrast. ;)
Gallery of Recent Paintings
Discreet Investigation of Exuberance - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Pecan Street Boogie - Oil on Canvas - 10 x 10 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Small Daily Painting 2014-011 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 6, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 8 x 8 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn