Meadowlark - pencil drawing with model by Serena Fenton

Meadowlark Drawing

October 25, 2016

For the final day of the bird drawing class, we were lucky enough to have access to mounted birds from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Bird foot studies in pencil by Serena Fenton

Bird Feet

October 21, 2016

Another from my class series in obsessive bird drawing.  This time – how to draw bird feet.  Learned many things: The number of toes per foot are not constant from species to species The scales on the feet, particularly those of raptors, help to hold the prey There skin on the bottom and the top […]

Teal wing, pencil on paper by Serena Fenton

New Found Humility

October 20, 2016

For the past few weeks, I have been taking a bird drawing class at our local botanical Gardens.  I have never taken a botanical class before.  Back when I got my degree in art ed, the focus was on abstract.  Being figurative was regarded as a sure sign of  repressed creativity.  I recall one painting professor who […]

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


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 […]

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.

Bluebird - gouache painting by Serena Fenton


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.

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 […]

Blue Jay - watercolor by Serena Fenton

Blue Jay

February 8, 2016

The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America – there are lots in my yard in the winter

Gladys - watercolor by Serena Fenton

Good Chicken

February 4, 2016

Gladys is a good chicken

Wild life with woodpecker - watercolor by Serena Fenton


February 3, 2016

Wild life with woodpecker  

Western Bluebird; watercolor by Serena Fenton
Flying Low - pastel drawing by Serena Fenton
Hummingbird fantasy - watercolor by Serena Fenton
The Owl and The Pussycat - watercolor and ink by Serena Fenton

Owl and the Pusssycat

October 4, 2015

#InkTober Day 4, although it has a bit more watercolor than ink.  Let’s just say that the ink was quite deliberate; especially I am still waiting for some truly waterproof carbon ink for my fountain pens to arrive in Chapel Hill from China.  Meanwhile, I am using dip pens and not waterproof ink, applied after […]

Fall Plumage - colored pencil sketch by Serena Fenton
Summer reflections - ink drawing by Serena Fenton
On the window ledge - watercolor by Serena Fenton
Little chick - watercolor by Serena Fenton
Rogues Gallery of Cats - watercolor and ink by Serena Fenton

Rogues Gallery of Cats

June 2, 2015

It’s a Rogues Gallery of Cats.  Who knows what they are really up to!  Even though it is June, not December, I am wishing for santa baby to bring me a wide format scanner, as this image is only about 2/3 of the painting.  There is a landscape on the bottom that had to be […]

Home on the Range - ink drawing by Serena Fenton
Bird in cerulean - ink and colored pencil by Serena Fenton