Caturday - Get Outside 5.5" x 7" mixed media by Serena Fenton
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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Excavation - acrylic on watercolor paper 12" x 12" by Serena Fenton

Excavations

July 5, 2016

Working in the garden lets me consider what all is going on underground. This is a quick reflection on the unseen.  Acrylic on watercolor paper.

African Violets

June 27, 2016

I have been using watercolor paper as the background for this series of acrylic paintings.  The paper has a nicely smooth texture for the paint that makes slide onto the paper.  I can then build up lots of color as a glaze layers.  

Hollyhocks - acrylic painting 12" x 12" by Serena Fenton

Hollyhocks

June 23, 2016

Summer in the South is an almost tropical experience.  Everything grows and grows and grows.  I used to be completely lost in the colors of the flowers, but now I find myself becoming intrigued by the patterns of the foliage. This painting experiments with both.

Threesome - acrylic painting 18" x 24" by Serena Fenton

Threesome

June 20, 2016

Continuing experiments with acrylic paints.  I have been using matte medium, since I don’t like the sheen and plastic-feel of acrylics.  I could use Acrylic gouache, but I am not wild about the lack of intensity of the colors in most acrylic gouache – and there is the cost.  Why is acrylic gouache so darned […]

I Spy - acrylic painting 8"x10" by Serena Fenton

I Spy

June 17, 2016

Cats tend to assume that they are invisible, but if you look hard, you can still find them.  This painting is in acrylics.  I am intending to do some larger works on canvas and gouache just won’t work for that, so I am staring to learn to use acrylics.  Transparency is the biggest issue.  Gouache gives […]

Bird dreams - acrylic painting by Serena Fenton

An Experiment in Acrylics

May 22, 2015

An experiment in acrylics, trying to paint larger, work looser, have flatter imagery.  I am not totally comfortable with the end result, but it did get a number of retweets on Twitter.  And it was pretty fun to paint.