National Dog Day 2017

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Armatures for Papier-mâché circus dogs

Papier-mâché armatures for circus dogs by Serena Fenton

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 […]