It’s Raining!

It's Raining - Watercolor - 9" x 12" by Serena Fenton

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 […]

Hair!

Hair - pastel drawing 4.5" x 6" by Serena Fenton

Hair! My first Illustration Friday entry. Illustration Friday is an online artist community where anyone can enter and share their work.  There is a weekly theme and the responses regularly tally in the hundreds, perhaps thousands.  There is a current week’s topic (announced every Friday).  Artists then make an illustration based on the current topic. […]

Following Advice

Dropping-In - water media 9"x12" by Serena Fenton

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 […]

Gimme That Cake!

Eat Cake - mixed media 9"x 12" by Serena Fenton

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.

Ay! Chihuahua

Ay! Chihuahua - mixed media 10" x 14" by Serena Fenton

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

Dog and Flower - Mixed Media 10" x 14" by Serena Fenton

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 […]

Dog Doodle

Dog Doodle - Mixed Media - 10" x 14" by Serena Fenton

Dog Doodle, not a labradoodle.  This was the second page in my experimentation book.  I wanted to work large and semi-realistically.  This page began with a layered collage from magazine and book pages.  I then painted and drew until things felt finished. The media used was the book/magazine card stock for the surface, cheap craft […]

Caturday Abstraction

Caturday Abstraction - Mixed media 10"x13" by Serena Fenton

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 […]

Happy Days!

Unbroken - ink and watercolor - 9" x12" by Serena Fenton

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!

broken wrist blues

left-handed dog doodles

Just about 2 weeks ago I took a tumble in a parking lot and smashed my wrist. It was an impressive crashing and smashing.  After some surgeries  I now have a bionic wrist, a wrist brace,  a fair amount of pain and swelling, and an outright impatience to get back to painting..          But […]