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
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.

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.  

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!

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

Not Happy About This

December 30, 2016

Holidays are over. The family has all gone home. Tomorrow is the last Caturday of the year. Mr Prince is not happy about his party hat.

That's Annoying - watercolor and gouache 8" x 8" by Serena Fenton
Sneaky Cat - watercolor 8" x 8" by Serena Fenton