True Love - ink drawing with colored pencil by Serena Fenton
Scary - ink drawing by Serena Fenton
Slurp - ink drawing with colored pencil by Serena Fenton
Old Friends - ink drawing by Serena Fenton

Inspiration Friday – October 7-13, 2017

October 13, 2017

This is a trial concept.  Every day, I find inspiring things on the internet.  Some of it timely, some of it eternal (if such a thing exists on digital media). My plan is to collect these pages as they show up and share them weekly on Fridays. Inspiration Friday – October 7-13   The Hunting […]

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 […]

Dog Night 6" x 9" watercolor by Serena Fenton

The Pain & the Glory of Grant Writing

September 21, 2017

I have just submitted my first grant request.  It is for funds to attend the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI)  winter conference in NY. I’ve been dreaming of going to the conference for a few years.  Awhile back I began to look at the costs to get there and realized that it […]

The Rabbit's Wedding 5" x 7" watercolor and watercolor pencils by Serena Fenton

Published for Banned Books Week

September 18, 2017

Published as a trading card for Banned Books Week at the Chapel Hill Library. If you’re in town, come join the opening Friday, Sept 22 7-8pm I depicted the Rabbit’s Wedding by Garth Williams. In 1958, it was banned for promoting interracial marriage. Official library invite:” Banned Books Trading Card Project http://chapelhillpubliclibrary.org/…/banned-books-trading-…/ and they will all […]

Any Questions? - watercolor with ink by Serena Fenton
Soccer Score - 6" x 8" watercolor and ink by Serena Fenton

More Motion

September 8, 2017

More motion in everything.  I have launched my illustration focused instagram feed: https://www.instagram.com/serena.fenton.art/ I can only say that it was painful to get art from my computer onto a platform that is dedicated to mobile apps. Now that it’s there, I have linked up my fave illustrators and children’s book publishers – and wow! It is […]

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 […]

School's Back! watercolor - 6" x 8" by Serena Fenton

School’s Back!

August 22, 2017

In North Carolina, school is back in session again. Is it cruel or kind to keep kids indoors when the temperature and humidity are in the mid-90s? There is the distraction factor of math and spelling.

Playing Dead - 4" x 6" watercolor by Serena Fenton
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 […]