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New Abstract Painting 181O

With my new abstract painting, I have burst through a door in my being waiting to be opened perhaps.

"Red Darling" 181O - Oil 24” x 20” by Marilyn Wells - $1100

“Red Darling” 181O – Oil 24” x 20” by Marilyn Wells – $1100


“Red Darling” 1810

“Imagine the time the particle you are

Returns where it came from.

The family darling comes home. Wine, without being contained in cups, is handed around.

A red glint appears in a granite outcrop,

And suddenly the whole cliff turns to ruby.”


Returning to my Abstract Painting roots

It is because of the sumi-e and your encouraging comments in regards to those abstract artworks that I felt compelled to do a new abstract painting. This one is a reasonable size at 20″ x 24″. It follows the format of my sumi-e paintings in that I began this one with a quotation; in this case, a few lines from Rumi that I was partial to.

With this quotation in mind, I straight off painted the canvas in one sitting. Next day I added a few touchups, and am happy to call it essentially complete.

"Red Darling" 1810 20" x 24" oil by Marilyn Wells - abstract painting in Studio

“Red Darling” 1810 20″ x 24″ oil by Marilyn Wells – abstract painting in Studio

I actually began my lifelong career of painting and creating through artworks with abstract painting when it was still new and foreign. I believe today people like yourself are speaking the language of Abstract more fluently all the time. We are learning better to articulate the language of emotion. Children are being taught from grade school how better to recognize and name their emotions, which never happened when I was a child.

I was influenced by Kokoschka, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler and all the abstract artists in between.

When I was first studying, we madly threw paint on canvas. When I left my studies to be a practical teacher and earn a living, I also left abstract as it was little understood. I taught myself how to draw and paint over the years and explored every road and byway of art that came to me.

Now I’m grown up enough to return to Abstract, and it feels like a Welcome Home.

Blank white canvas 30" x 40"

Blank white canvas 30″ x 40″

And there’s the promise of tomorrow.



  1. Bernadette says:

    Welcome home, Marilyn. Your new work is so moving, so gorgeous – stirring to the soul. Congratulations on all of your art, your evolution is beautiful. And, yes, I do love this abstract work you are giving us!

    • marilyn wells says:

      Oh Bernadette, your comments mean so much to me and are so encouraging. It’s hard to know sometimes unless someone can see the same vision! Your thoughts are kind and generous and I really appreciate them!

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