Kids - watercolor - 8" x 12" - by Serena Fenton

Kids are Still Kids

August 17, 2017

Some watercolor exercises of kids being kids.  Possible book spot illustrations. These were done as two separate pieces, but they seem to get along well.

It's Raining - Watercolor - 9" x 12" by Serena Fenton

It’s Raining!

August 15, 2017

It’s raining and Allison has bright new red rubber boots, which are perfect for puddle splashing and  explorations. My exploration in this piece was how to paint rain. From the back of my desk, I unearthed a rather motley looking brush that I bought years ago at a hobby store.  It’s labelled Filbert Wisp. I […]

Pictures at an Exhibition - watercolor - 6" x 9" by Serena Fenton

Pictures at an Exhibition

August 14, 2017

Seems like it would be impossible to be a children’s book illustrator without being able to draw and paint a decent mouse.  This one is out for a Sunday gallery tour.

Get Fuzzing - water media - 7" x 10" by Serena Fenton
Princess and Rabbit Take A Walk - 9" x 12" mixed media by Serena Fenton

A Princess and her Rabbit

August 10, 2017

A Princess and her Rabbit take a walk.  They take one walk every day.  She would much rather take her cat, but her cat (Kitties) bites, scratches, falls over and plays dead. So Princess takes Rabbit instead.  Rabbit is happy.

Hair - pastel drawing 4.5" x 6" by Serena Fenton

Hair!

August 7, 2017

Hair! My first Illustration Friday entry. Illustration Friday is an online artist community where anyone can enter and share their work.  There is a weekly theme and the responses regularly tally in the hundreds, perhaps thousands.  There is a current week’s topic (announced every Friday).  Artists then make an illustration based on the current topic. […]

Caturday - Get Outside 5.5" x 7" mixed media by Serena Fenton
Dropping-In - water media 9"x12" by Serena Fenton

Following Advice

August 3, 2017

Last night I went to a grants funding workshop.  They pounded home one thing over and over: the artist must have a consistent body of work. If you have work in multiple categories, even if you have very good work in multiple categories, you will not be taken seriously by a group of reviewers. “Find […]

The Milleau - 9" x 12" mixed media by Serena Fenton

Caturday in the Milleau

July 29, 2017

Milleau (synonyms): environment, sphere, background, backdrop, setting, context, atmosphere Sometimes the wallpaper is your milleau. Another celebration of the weekly holiday, #Caturday

Let's Walk - Mixed Media - 9" x 12" - Serena Fenton

Let’s Walk

July 27, 2017

Midsummer in the south is unbearably hot for most of the day, but fabulous in the early morning hours. It’s a magical time. Walking in the nearby woods, you can hear crickets and frogs; birds are singing their walkup soliloquies and baby birds are shrieking for breakfast.  If you look hard, and are lucky, you […]

Wolf on the Hill - mixed media 9" x 12" by Serena Fenton

Wolf on the Hill

July 25, 2017

Years ago, when I first began painting, I was obsessed with paintings of the early Renaissance.  I had a huge admiration for the artists of that era and for the whole notion of rebirth.  I had been attending art classes at the University of Oklahoma, where abstract expressionism was the password to success. Realism was […]

Eat Cake - mixed media 9"x 12" by Serena Fenton

Gimme That Cake!

July 24, 2017

Breaking away from the experimental book format, I have stepped up slightly to 140 pound cold-press watercolor paper with collage, acrylic paint, colored pencils and neocolor crayons. The cake just snuck in there.  Probably too much Wayne Thiebauld in my youth.  Besides, as we all know. everything goes better with cake.

Al the party cat - 9" x 12" mixed media by Serena Fenton

Caturday – Al the Party Cat

July 22, 2017

Mixed media party with cat in hat.  Lots of layers here- some glazing with pthalo blue in the final steps to make the background recede. Al, the party cat is an older, wiser cat. Sometimes all this fun just stuns him a bit. He might rather just be taking a nap.

Superhero ❤ Dogs - mixed media 10" x 14" by Serena Fenton

Superhero ♥ Dogs

July 20, 2017

This page started out with a copy of a page from an old comic book.  I’m not exactly sure who the superhero was. Cuphead man? Robotman?  In the original image, the comic book persona was staring out of a double-hung window, semi-smiling.  The rest is just compositional fun.

Ay! Chihuahua - mixed media 10" x 14" by Serena Fenton

Ay! Chihuahua

July 18, 2017

This blog has gone to the dogs again. Mixed media experimentation with a wide-eyed, innocent chihuahua.  This may be one of my last book experiments for a while.  The seam in the middle is beginning to irritate. This picture began as a collage: magazine page close-ups of precious stones provided the deep reds and blues. The […]

Dog and Flower - Mixed Media 10" x 14" by Serena Fenton

Dog and Flower

July 17, 2017

Experimental goal for this exercise was to use a rubber stamp.  In a lonely drawer in my studio, I located a chrysanthemum rubber stamp.  I loaded the stamp with acrylic paint and deliberately printed only part of the flower.  Hindsight, I should have used the entire stamp.  It gets a bit too abstract to really […]

C.A.T Cheerful Art Thing - Mixed media 10" x 14" by Serena Fenton

Tuxedo Caturday

July 15, 2017

Happy Caturday! Inspired by my own kitty, this is (C.A.T. or Cheerful Art Thing) . C.A.T. is another page in my art experimentation booklet; acrylic, colored pencil, and neocolor crayons.  

Dog Doodle - Mixed Media - 10" x 14" by Serena Fenton

Dog Doodle

July 13, 2017

Dog Doodle, not a labradoodle.  This was the second page in my experimentation book.  I wanted to work large and semi-realistically.  This page began with a layered collage from magazine and book pages.  I then painted and drew until things felt finished. The media used was the book/magazine card stock for the surface, cheap craft […]

page1 - bunnies at the art museum - before and after -creative reuse -by Serena Fenton

Creation Process: Alternative Surfaces

July 11, 2017

In trying to paint loose, one of my hesitations is the cost and storage of the painting surface. I typically have been using water based media on watercolor paper.  Not expensive watercolor paper. But I can get a bit OCD about any material.  This winter, a group on the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle area put out […]

Caturday Abstraction - Mixed media 10"x13" by Serena Fenton

Caturday Abstraction

July 8, 2017

No real explanation here, just experimentation; possibly not a total success. Bruce Mau once said in his Incomplete Manifesto for Growth: Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view […]

Snapshot of my desk: working on a sketch painting - Serena Fenton

Materials for Abstract Learning – Go Cheap

July 5, 2017

One of my key goals is to get looser in my painting.  This requires not worrying about the cost of materials for creations that will likely never be seen outside of my studio.  So, what can I use that will have some of the fun and looseness of Jane Davies‘ paintings? Davies uses good quality […]

Bunny Dreams- mixed media painting 10" x 13.5" by Serena Fenton

Right Hand Recovery

July 3, 2017

As part of my broken wrist recovery, I have had to strengthen the hand muscles and relearn some of the motions that had been second nature. But before I could begin the reuse of my right hand, I was stuck painting and drawing for about 2 months with my lest (or left) hand.  I cannot […]

Unbroken - ink and watercolor - 9" x12" by Serena Fenton

Happy Days!

May 9, 2017

Feeling like a witness to a post-broken-wrist miracle: I am holding a pencil and brush again and making some art! The lines have a good bit more wiggle than they used to, and paint strokes are not as strong.- but I am holding implements of creation in my right hand!  Hallelujah!

left-handed dog doodles

broken wrist blues

April 17, 2017

Just about 2 weeks ago I took a tumble in a parking lot and smashed my wrist. It was an impressive crashing and smashing.  After some surgeries  I now have a bionic wrist, a wrist brace,  a fair amount of pain and swelling, and an outright impatience to get back to painting..          But […]

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