Old Friends - ink drawing by Serena Fenton
Cat tails - ink and watercolor by Serena Fento

Hunting for Cat Tails

October 12, 2017

Happens every year – along about mid-October, I get hungry for paint and color. Inktober is just too dark.   I caved a bit early this year. The weather has been hot and muggy outside, the remnants of a tropical storm.  It feels like July, not cool and crisp, the way I like it.  Clearly the […]

Mr Hugh Walpole, novelist - by Serena Fenton

Mr Hugh Walpole, Novelist

October 11, 2017

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 […]

My Chair! ink drawing by Serena Fenton

My Chair in InkTober

October 9, 2017

My Chair! The duel of the quiet weekend. Online line a day late and dollar short, but posted! #inktober  2017 #inktober

Divided - Inktober Day 2 by Serena Fenton

Divided into InkTober

October 2, 2017

Today’s InkTober prompt is divided.  Since I am thinking about children’s math, that came down to just one thing.  Unfortunately that leads to fractions, which is not tomorrow’s prompt.

Playing Dead - 4" x 6" watercolor by Serena Fenton
Kids - watercolor - 8" x 12" - by Serena Fenton

Kids are Still Kids

August 17, 2017

Some watercolor exercises of kids being kids.  Possible book spot illustrations. These were done as two separate pieces, but they seem to get along well.

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

It’s Raining!

August 15, 2017

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 […]

Get Fuzzing - water media - 7" x 10" by Serena Fenton
Princess and Rabbit Take A Walk - 9" x 12" mixed media by Serena Fenton

A Princess and her Rabbit

August 10, 2017

A Princess and her Rabbit take a walk.  They take one walk every day.  She would much rather take her cat, but her cat (Kitties) bites, scratches, falls over and plays dead. So Princess takes Rabbit instead.  Rabbit is happy.

Caturday - Get Outside 5.5" x 7" mixed media by Serena Fenton
Al the party cat - 9" x 12" mixed media by Serena Fenton

Caturday – Al the Party Cat

July 22, 2017

Mixed media party with cat in hat.  Lots of layers here- some glazing with pthalo blue in the final steps to make the background recede. Al, the party cat is an older, wiser cat. Sometimes all this fun just stuns him a bit. He might rather just be taking a nap.

page1 - bunnies at the art museum - before and after -creative reuse -by Serena Fenton

Creation Process: Alternative Surfaces

July 11, 2017

In trying to paint loose, one of my hesitations is the cost and storage of the painting surface. I typically have been using water based media on watercolor paper.  Not expensive watercolor paper. But I can get a bit OCD about any material.  This winter, a group on the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle area put out […]

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

Caturday Abstraction

July 8, 2017

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 […]

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

It Must be Spring

March 19, 2017

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

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!

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

Circus Cat #4

March 3, 2017

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.  

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
Sneaky Cat - watercolor 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 […]