Scary - ink drawing by Serena Fenton
Slurp - ink drawing with colored pencil by Serena Fenton
Old Friends - ink drawing by Serena Fenton
Cat tails - ink and watercolor by Serena Fento

Hunting for Cat Tails

October 12, 2017

Happens every year – along about mid-October, I get hungry for paint and color. Inktober is just too dark.   I caved a bit early this year. The weather has been hot and muggy outside, the remnants of a tropical storm.  It feels like July, not cool and crisp, the way I like it.  Clearly the […]

Mr Hugh Walpole, novelist - by Serena Fenton

Mr Hugh Walpole, Novelist

October 11, 2017

I have an unnatural fascination with old and odd information.  Because of this, I also own more an a couple of sets of really old reference books.  If you have never tried to reference information from an old encyclopedia, then you probably have never realized that these books often were just accumulations and layers of […]

The Lesson -Inktober 2017 by Serena Fenton
Dinner - Inktober 2017 by Serena Fenton

Dinner – InkTober 9

October 9, 2017

Dinner – a much anticipated treat, but also disappointing.  What’s a dog to do? Today’s #InkTober doodle for October 9,2017

My Chair! ink drawing by Serena Fenton

My Chair in InkTober

October 9, 2017

My Chair! The duel of the quiet weekend. Online line a day late and dollar short, but posted! #inktober  2017 #inktober

Ralph, a portrait - pen, brush and ink by Serena Fenton
Looking up - real and digital ink by Serena Fenton

India and Digital Ink – InkTober #5 – 2017

October 5, 2017

An Inktober ink mix: I began with zebra brush pen with waterproof ink and was going to move on to watercolor, but after I scanned it, the siren song of PhotoShop was too strong.  Color and colored pen strokes are all digital.

Poison - InkTober Day 3 by Serena Fenton

InkTober Poison

October 3, 2017

Poison apples and the evil witch for #Inktober day 3. I had a couple minutes to throw in some digital ink too. #inktober2017

Divided - Inktober Day 2 by Serena Fenton

Divided into InkTober

October 2, 2017

Today’s InkTober prompt is divided.  Since I am thinking about children’s math, that came down to just one thing.  Unfortunately that leads to fractions, which is not tomorrow’s prompt.

Swift, October 1 for InkTober2017 by Serena Fenton

Let the InkTober Begin!

October 2, 2017

Late last night I barely made the October 1 deadline for the first day of InkTober.  I’m glad it’s back. There’s nothing like a deadline to inspire activity. My drawing for October 1. Rule for InkTober are simple- see below: And the official daily prompts, but you can draw / submit anything that flows out […]

Welcome! - ink and watermedia 9" x 12" by Serena Fenton

Welcome!

August 31, 2017

Getting into the groove of drawing groups of children, I tried my hand at a Welcome Back illustration. The original was done in watercolor with watercolor pencils and ink.  Then the scanned version was touched up in PhotoShop.  I am loving my digital tablet!

National Dog Day 2017 - digital ink and digital water color by Serena Fenton

National Dog Day 2017

August 26, 2017

Today is national dog day.  How did I not figure that out until 5 pm?? Oh wait, I know.  I bought a new graphics tablet and have been working to get it to behave with WIndows 10. (Ahem – Wacom – not all artists use Macs).  I finally won, but it involved doing a lot […]

Get Fuzzing - water media - 7" x 10" by Serena Fenton
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. […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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