composition

Rules for Composition

  1. Every picture is a collection of units or items.
  2. Every unit has a given value.
  3. The value of a unit depends on its attraction, and its attraction varies according to placement.
  4. A unit near the edge has more attraction than the same unit at the middle.
  5. Every part of the…

How Much Do You Plan Your Paintings?

I recently read an article by a representational painter on another blog, in which the writer said that one should very carefully and thoroughly plan one's paintings.  My first thought was, "No waaaaay!"  That would take all the fun out the process of discovery that, for me at least, is a great deal of what painting is about.

How Do You Know When You’re Done with a Painting?

I was in a class several years ago in which another student complained about painting abstractly, because she didn't know where to stop.

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.

There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.

— Helen Frankenthaler

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Gallery of Recent Paintings

Untitled 2015-024 - Oil on Canvas - 8 x 8 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Throwing Off Her Robes - Oil on Canvas -12 x 12 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Untitled 2015-026 - Oil on Canvas - 10 x 10 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Small Daily Painting 2014-011 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn