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!

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
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 […]

Bee Study - gouache and ink by Serena Fenton

Bees

June 30, 2016

Gouache and ink.  This is a study looking at a couple of the different types and shapes of bees and bumblebees.

Southern Summer - gouache painting by Serena Fenton

Dense Foliage and Wildlife

June 13, 2016

Summer in the South means that everything is green and thriving.  I grew up on the desert, dodging tumbleweeds and squinting into the glare.  The richness and color of a Southern summer just amazes me.

Looking at You - gouache painting by Serena Fenton

Here’s Looking at You, Kid

June 9, 2016

Bluebird fantasy landscape.  This is what happens when you watch your bird feeders for too long..  The birds are no longer worried about me.  They just watch right back.

Groundcover - gouache painting by Serena Fenton

Charleston Groundcover

June 6, 2016

In the spring, it seems that everything in Charleston, South Carolina is in bloom.  The magnolia and jasmine make the air sultry sweet.  Color is bursting our everywhere.  This painting was inspired by a tiny patch of garden that was past its prime – there’s a tulip stem, but no flower.  Yet it was a splash […]

The Arrangement - gouache painting by Serena Fenton

Floral Arrangement

June 3, 2016

This was done a couple weeks ago and was one of my first experiments in using gouache on a toned drawing paper instead of white watercolor paper.  The smoothness of the page is great for gouache.  Since this was just after Mother’s Day (and I have a sweet family), a fanciful bouquet was the perfect […]

Butterfly - gouache painting by Serena Fenton
Bluebird - gouache painting by Serena Fenton

Bluebirds

May 27, 2016

For the second year in a row, we have bluebirds nesting in a house attached to the outside of our screened deck.  They are great birds to watch, particularly the way their color changes in the sunlight.

Dandelions - gouache painting by Serena Fenton

Dandelions

May 23, 2016

Dandelions can be weeds or gorgeous, amazing flowers.  Your viewpoint depends mostly on how your lawn.  My lawn is so shady that even dandelions don’t stand a chance.  I’ve grown over the years to have a deep affection for them. Gouache painting: 8″ x 8″

Kingfisher - gouache painting by Serena Fenton

Kingfisher in the Rain

May 20, 2016

Well, it’s not actually raining in the painting, but it has been raining here for 5 days straight, which is odd since I am neither in Seattle nor London.  The good news is that I have gotten a lot of painting done while being stuck inside.  This is the first of a series of 8″ x […]

Night Heron - watercolor and gouache by Serena Fenton
Kingfisher - watercolor and gouache painting by Serena Fenton
Tropical Fantasy - watercolor and gouache painting by Serena Fenton

Tropical Fantasy

March 21, 2016

Life just gets busy.  I have been working on a new series of paintings this past month.  All of them are watercolor birds with gouache patterned backgrounds. Gouache is not the easiest medium to take up.  Trying to blend gouache tends to give chalky, stiff messes.  But I am finding that I am enjoying creating bold […]

Butterflies in watercolor and gouache by Serena Fenton
Butterfly studies - colored pencil and gouache by Serena Fenton

Butterflies and a Couple of Other Things

February 2, 2016

Butterfly studies in gouache and colored pencil

Viridian and Butterflies - gouache painting by Serena Fenton

Viridian Gouache

January 29, 2016

A gouache painting in the color Viridian for #colour_collective (For those wondering, gouache is fancy poster pain t.) High $$, fancy poster paint