Toasted Marshmallow Day - ink 8"x 8" by Serena Fenton
Just Doodling - ink, colored ink and colored pencil - 5.5" x 8" by Serena Fenton
Ride the Wind Day - ink and watercolor 8" x 8" by Serena Fenton
Potato Day - ink drawing by Serena Fenton 8" x 8"

National Potato Day – August 19

August 19, 2016

Happy National Potato Day – and beware! You may be keeping an eye out for those oversize zucchinis in this hot weather, but those potatoes can sneak right up on you.

Relaxation Day - ink drawing by Serena Fenton
August 13 - National Bowling Day! pen and ink 9"x 9" by Serena Fenton
Buzz- watercolor 8" x 8" by Serena Fenton
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.

Bee Study - gouache and ink by Serena Fenton

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 […]

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 […]

Butterflies and Beetles - watercolor by Serena Fenton
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 […]