Coming up Clover - 10" x 12" gouache on paper by Serena Fenton

It Must be Spring

March 19, 2017

It’s just gotta be spring.  Better weather and longer afternoons/evenings.  I am spending my days out of doors gardening and walking, instead of painting and posting to the web.  Here’s the painting that should have gone up a few days back for #Caturday and #CloverGreen #colour_collective

Cats and Roses; 10" x 12" gouache on paper by Serena Fenton
reflection - gouache painting - 9" x12" by Serena Fenton

Reflections

March 8, 2017

I spent most of the last month in Thailand, which means wandering through beautiful Buddhist temples.  I have fallen in love with pattern and color.  This painting was a reflection of what I saw and reveled in. Ah, Chiang Mai!

Circus Cat #4 - watercolor and ink 8"x8" by Serena Fenton

Circus Cat #4

March 3, 2017

Another in the continuing circus cat series. This one is done in watercolor and ink.  The cat itself, was inspired by a photo of a cat who is, sadly,  in the local animal shelter.  Adopt.  Don’t buy.  There are so many beautiful animals seeking homes.  

Last Caturday 2106 -watercolor and gouache 8" x 8" by Serena Fenton
That's Annoying - watercolor and gouache 8" x 8" by Serena Fenton
Sneaky Cat - watercolor 8" x 8" by Serena Fenton
What's That? 8" x 8" watercolor and gouache by Serena Fenton

What’s That?

December 9, 2016

Last week, my darling daughter reflected on the passive nature of my cat paintings. Well, cats do sleep something like 22 hours a day. But that might not be a good enough defense. Poking through Pinterest, I was inspired by the Blockheads series by ceramicist Jennifer Bernhard Hatfield. This is what happens when a Blockhead […]

Crookshanks, watercolor, gouache and watercolor pencil 8"x 8" by Serena Fenton

Crookshanks – a Portrait

November 25, 2016

While I am off at the movies, Crookshanks is keeping an eye out for Fantastic Beasts. Crookshanks’ portrait was this week’s #colour_collective  challenge, with sea blue wallpaper.

Circus Cat #6 - Blue Eyed Baby - Gouache on paper; 8" x 8" by Serena Fenton

Blue-Eyed Baby (Circus Cat #6)

November 22, 2016

As I’m working on this cat series, I’ve been viewing cat photos from the local animal shelters, which is a dangerous pastime.   There are so many beautiful cats out there, needing good homes.  But I am resisting visiting them and adopting them Painting only!

Circus Cat # 5 - Gouache and watercolor; 8" x 8" by Serena Fenton

Golden Circus Cat

November 17, 2016

It’s Caturday just a little early, and I’m continuing my circus cat series.  Here’s #5. The background was selected for this week’s #colour_collective challenge, in brilliant gold; gouache and watercolor. The gold watercolor from a jar of old, now discontinued, watercolor pigment that was made by Daniel Smith.  Sadly, they appear to no longer sell the […]

What Happened? Gouache painting by Serena Fenton 8" x 8"

What Happened??

November 11, 2016

Taking a break from my ongoing circus theme, just to ponder the last few days and what happened in this election.  Days like this definitely make you think.

Circus Cat #3 - watercolor, ink and gouache 8"x8" by Serena Fenton

Circus Cat # 3

November 10, 2016

With a background color chosen for the  #colour_collective challenge, using #moroccanblue, this is my third in the circus cat series. The cat is watercolor.  I was asked on the previous cat painting how I got the fur strokes.  Those are done with a rigger (or liner) brush. There’s a bit of ink around the eyes and the nice flat […]

Spike the Circus Cat, water media 8.5" x 5.5" by Serena Fenton

Spike the Circus Cat

November 8, 2016

Nope, Spike is not happy at all about being forced into a clown hat and then forced to pose.  What a cat has to do for his dinner… This foray into circus cat painting began with watercolor, with acrylic paint used for the opaque background and highlights.

Circus cat - water media 5.5" x 8.5" by Serena Fenton

Circus Cat

November 5, 2016

Working on more circus animals, this time: cats!  Background color determined by the week’s color for the  colour_collective challenge.  They named it  #maygreen . Most of the work is done in a mixture of water media: watercolor, watercolor pencils and acrylic.  I like the idea of acrylic, but the final patina is never what I hoped.

Papier-mâché armatures for circus dogs by Serena Fenton

Circus Dogs

November 4, 2016

Since I am still struggling with Papier-mâché, but in love with circus performing dogs, I decided to just paint some of my dogs-in-mind.  The problems with paper mache is both the tools – Papier-mâché is inherently lumpy and the artist – I was working too small, so the lumps look like craters and mountains (see […]

Jumping jack russell - ink and watercolor by Serena Fenton 5.5" x8.5"

Jumping Jack Russell

November 2, 2016

Fall is here.  The weather is gorgeous and it is a great time to get outside with the dogs.  Below is a quick pen and watercolor sketch of a jack russell terrier.

Meadowlark - pencil drawing with model by Serena Fenton

Meadowlark Drawing

October 25, 2016

For the final day of the bird drawing class, we were lucky enough to have access to mounted birds from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Bird foot studies in pencil by Serena Fenton

Bird Feet

October 21, 2016

Another from my class series in obsessive bird drawing.  This time – how to draw bird feet.  Learned many things: The number of toes per foot are not constant from species to species The scales on the feet, particularly those of raptors, help to hold the prey There skin on the bottom and the top […]

Papier-mâché armatures for circus dogs by Serena Fenton

Armatures for Papier-mâché circus dogs

October 21, 2016

Building tiny armatures of wire, tin foil and masking tape for papier-mâché circus dogs. This new found passion began a few weeks back when I discovered myself without power during Hurricane Matthew, but recalling directions on how to cover plastic and styrofoam Dollar Store pumpkins with papier-mâché, I started wrapping some old pumpkins and cats’ heads in papier-mâché.  That […]

Teal wing, pencil on paper by Serena Fenton

New Found Humility

October 20, 2016

For the past few weeks, I have been taking a bird drawing class at our local botanical Gardens.  I have never taken a botanical class before.  Back when I got my degree in art ed, the focus was on abstract.  Being figurative was regarded as a sure sign of  repressed creativity.  I recall one painting professor who […]

Giddyup - ink drawing by Serena Fenton 3" x 8"

Giddyup, Kitty!

October 6, 2016

It’s a late start to #inktober this year. I did a bit of playing with vectorizing the image, which lets me play with the line quality on the computer! It’s also the only time that I’ve used Adobe Illustrator and not wanted to slap the computer.

Wakeup with Cat - ink 5" x 8" by Serena Fenton
Toasted Marshmallow Day - ink 8"x 8" by Serena Fenton
Just Doodling - ink, colored ink and colored pencil - 5.5" x 8" by Serena Fenton