Slurp - ink drawing with colored pencil by Serena Fenton
Old Friends - ink drawing by Serena Fenton
Dinner - Inktober 2017 by Serena Fenton

Dinner – InkTober 9

October 9, 2017

Dinner – a much anticipated treat, but also disappointing.  What’s a dog to do? Today’s #InkTober doodle for October 9,2017

Ralph, a portrait - pen, brush and ink by Serena Fenton
Looking up - real and digital ink by Serena Fenton

India and Digital Ink – InkTober #5 – 2017

October 5, 2017

An Inktober ink mix: I began with zebra brush pen with waterproof ink and was going to move on to watercolor, but after I scanned it, the siren song of PhotoShop was too strong.  Color and colored pen strokes are all digital.

Dog Night 6" x 9" watercolor by Serena Fenton

The Pain & the Glory of Grant Writing

September 21, 2017

I have just submitted my first grant request.  It is for funds to attend the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI)  winter conference in NY. I’ve been dreaming of going to the conference for a few years.  Awhile back I began to look at the costs to get there and realized that it […]

National Dog Day 2017 - digital ink and digital water color by Serena Fenton

National Dog Day 2017

August 26, 2017

Today is national dog day.  How did I not figure that out until 5 pm?? Oh wait, I know.  I bought a new graphics tablet and have been working to get it to behave with WIndows 10. (Ahem – Wacom – not all artists use Macs).  I finally won, but it involved doing a lot […]

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

Following Advice

August 3, 2017

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 […]

Let's Walk - Mixed Media - 9" x 12" - Serena Fenton

Let’s Walk

July 27, 2017

Midsummer in the south is unbearably hot for most of the day, but fabulous in the early morning hours. It’s a magical time. Walking in the nearby woods, you can hear crickets and frogs; birds are singing their walkup soliloquies and baby birds are shrieking for breakfast.  If you look hard, and are lucky, you […]

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

Gimme That Cake!

July 24, 2017

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.

Superhero ❤ Dogs - mixed media 10" x 14" by Serena Fenton

Superhero ♥ Dogs

July 20, 2017

This page started out with a copy of a page from an old comic book.  I’m not exactly sure who the superhero was. Cuphead man? Robotman?  In the original image, the comic book persona was staring out of a double-hung window, semi-smiling.  The rest is just compositional fun.

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

Ay! Chihuahua

July 18, 2017

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 - Mixed Media 10" x 14" by Serena Fenton

Dog and Flower

July 17, 2017

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

Dog Doodle

July 13, 2017

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 […]

left-handed dog doodles

broken wrist blues

April 17, 2017

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 […]

Jumping jack russell - ink and watercolor by Serena Fenton 5.5" x8.5"

Jumping Jack Russell

November 2, 2016

Fall is here.  The weather is gorgeous and it is a great time to get outside with the dogs.  Below is a quick pen and watercolor sketch of a jack russell terrier.

Papier-mâché armatures for circus dogs by Serena Fenton

Armatures for Papier-mâché circus dogs

October 21, 2016

Building tiny armatures of wire, tin foil and masking tape for papier-mâché circus dogs. This new found passion began a few weeks back when I discovered myself without power during Hurricane Matthew, but recalling directions on how to cover plastic and styrofoam Dollar Store pumpkins with papier-mâché, I started wrapping some old pumpkins and cats’ heads in papier-mâché.  That […]

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.

Still Life with Pug - sketchbook page by Serena Fenton
winter- ink drawing by Serena Fenton
Happy Dance - ink drawing by Serena Fenton

Happy Dance

November 9, 2015

Time for a happy dance with my dog!

New View - ink and colored pencil by Serena Fenton

New View

November 1, 2015

November needs a new view – ink and colored pencil. Goodbye #InkTober, it’s been fun.

Fifi the Amazing, circus star - ink drawing by Serena Fenton
Gnome in the Path - ink drawing by Serena Fenton