Mr Hugh Walpole, Novelist

Mr Hugh Walpole, novelist - by Serena Fenton

I have an unnatural fascination with old and odd information.  Because of this, I also own more an a couple of sets of really old reference books.  If you have never tried to reference information from an old encyclopedia, then you probably have never realized that these books often were just accumulations and layers of […]

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 […]

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 […]

It Must be Spring

Coming up Clover - 10" x 12" gouache on paper by Serena Fenton

It’s just gotta be spring.  Better weather and longer afternoons/evenings.  I am spending my days out of doors gardening and walking, instead of painting and posting to the web.  Here’s the painting that should have gone up a few days back for #Caturday and #CloverGreen #colour_collective

Reflections

reflection - gouache painting - 9" x12" by Serena Fenton

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!

Circus Cat #4

Circus Cat #4 - watercolor and ink 8"x8" by Serena Fenton

Another in the continuing circus cat series. This one is done in watercolor and ink.  The cat itself, was inspired by a photo of a cat who is, sadly,  in the local animal shelter.  Adopt.  Don’t buy.  There are so many beautiful animals seeking homes.  

What’s That?

What's That? 8" x 8" watercolor and gouache by Serena Fenton

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 […]