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
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.