The Seed: Start of a New Series

“Succession 01 #4-4 (The Seed)” Oil on Canvas 12″ x 12″ (part of 20-panel series, O.D. 48" x 60") © 2008 Marilyn Fenn

“Succession 01 #4-4 (The Seed)”
Oil on Canvas
12″ x 12″ (part of 20-panel series, O.D. 48″ x 60″)
© 2008 Marilyn Fenn

Every time I take a class with the wonderful painter Andrew Long, my work starts changing…

I took a class with him last spring, which helped greatly in the development of my rather freeform abstract encaustic paintings.

I took a longer version of the same class with him this past fall, and my work is evolving again. He really makes you think in ways you haven’t thought before.

I have started several new series in the past many weeks. I am working out some new ideas I’m having about painting through these several series of paintings.

I plan for the final work in the first series to be a large painting made up of many 12″x12″ paintings. The process of creating each new work in this series evolves from the previous work. The first painting is the seed for the whole series, and each new painting unfolds from an edge of the previous painting, continuing from the previous work, yet with the freedom for each new panel to go in a slightly different direction.

This is the first one.

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