The Next Body of Work

"Organics Sketch 06" Watercolor Crayons on Canvas Paper 6" x 6" © 2010 Marilyn Fenn

“Organics Sketch 06”
Watercolor Crayons on Canvas Paper
6″ x 6″
© 2010 Marilyn Fenn

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. — E Hubbard

The day after the opening of my solo show last October, I was thrilled to stumble on a somewhat new direction while doing some sketches, a direction that it seems I’ve been searching to find for the past few years.  Too bad this didn’t quite materialize in time for my show, but I’m sure the approximately hundred pieces of art I created last year prior to the show helped lead the way.

In these works, I’m exploring some lovely organic forms that—as far as I know—exist only in my imagination: images that consist of interconnected solids among voids in an abstract space of ambiguous depth, while other shapes float among the solid forms.

So far, I’ve only created a few small sketches in water media on paper or encaustic on wood.  I also have a few larger oil paintings in the works, and I am very excited to watch how this work unfolds and grows.

Under normal circumstances, I should have created more works along these lines since last fall, but circumstances have not been normal since just after my solo show ended.  At that time, my husband and I embarked on a house remodeling project which we still haven’t completely finished—one that turned my creative life upside down.

Now I’m back in the studio (and now I actually have one!), and the work is beginning to flow again.  So, after what seemed like an interminable interlude of the disarray of remodeling, I am once again back in my element, and optimistic about the present work and the future work to come.

In the process of making a painting in an abstract way, the painter is in search of a reality. Not one of realistic objects, but of the complete end result. The painting is experienced as a whole, and must evoke in the painter the absolute conviction that this is how it should be and no other way. — Paul Burlin

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John first glimpsed this pattern on a passing car, recalling: “I only saw it for a second, but knew immediately that I was going to use it. It had all the qualities that interest me—literalness, repetitiveness, an obsessive quality, order with dumbness, and the possibility of a complete lack of meaning.

— Jasper Johns
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