Marian Dunn Paintings
One year in France on a museum trip, we had just been to Pierre Bocuse’s restaurant and actually met Pierre Bocuse himself. There was a good rain during our fabulous dinner and later everyone was in a fine mood. As we were walking along I spotted this lovely street after the rain and of course a watercolor had to result.
It is an acrylic on paper on which I did a wild underpainting and had the start when working from a model who was wearing a colorful outfit. Why not place her on this background in acrylic paint? Caught her at a moment of rest and started the drawing. As an artist one needs to be alert to make something out of craziness.
Looking for a subject to paint I went through my pile of old abandoned work and found the start of a demonstration I had given many years back to students showing how to use treated paper in watercolor. I had started a painting of Market Street Broiler when it first began. I actually did a 39”x29” one in acrylic of nearly the same subject which is in a California restaurant. When I uncovered this one I decided it had possibilities to finish and entered the final painting in the signature watercolor show for Utah Watercolor Society at Red Butte. Voila—it won an award. Good to check on unfinished work, my friends.
This abstract made me think of the line by Robert Frost, "Two roads diverged..”
I am a machine fan and always go nuts when I see machinery on things—This was part of the workings on a fishing boat in Monterey, California in the old days when plenty of the boats were pretty rusty. I named it after the imprint on the machinery.
I used to paint often in the Provence area of France. During one visit we were staying at a very fancy hotel for a few days and there was no car to leave and very little that seemed paintable. Then I spotted this lovely agave and painted it because of the grace and beautiful nuances in the colors of the leaf forms. It is something that I know but keep learning again that you just have to look and there is beauty all around if you persist.
I started this little guy in watercolor and added other media as I went along. My 'boys' are all Ute fans so our animals show it. Good models. Originally I painted this for Intermountain Animal Therapy's fundraiser.
This is a painting in which I decided to show the progression of its process on Facebook. It was a very interesting project and as the viewers could see sometimes a struggle to get where you want. I have always had an affinity for cows and have decided to do a series in different media. My dear friend who grew up on a farm saw the hardship not delight in farm critters. To each his own I guess.