Yolo Causeway Tiny Paintings Series

Mountains have a majestic view while crossing the Yolo Causeway.

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Yolo Causeway Mountains, oil on stretched canvas, 2 x 4 x 3/8 inches
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Reference photo

This painting is part of a series of miniature dollhouse sized paintings of the Yolo Causeway. While my husband is driving, I snapped photos with my smartphone of the vast rice fields stretching across the width of the Yolo Causeway freeway. These photos then becomes references for the mini paintings.

Available for sale in my Etsy and DailyPaintworks stores.

YOLO CAUSEWAY TINY PAINTINGS SERIES

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Yolo Causeway Trees, oil on stretched canvas, 2 x 4 x 3/8 inches

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This painting is part of a series of miniature dollhouse sized paintings of the Yolo Causeway. While my husband is driving, I snapped photos with my smartphone of the vast rice fields stretching across the width of the Yolo Causeway freeway. These photos then becomes references for the mini paintings.

Yolo Causeway Rice Fields 1

First of a series of tiny paintings. Yolo Causeway Series.

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Yolo Causeway Rice Fields I, oil on stretched canvas, 2 x 2.75 x .0375 inches by Marlene Lee

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This painting is part of a series of miniature dollhouse sized paintings of the Yolo Causeway. While my husband is driving, I snapped photos with my smartphone of the vast rice fields stretching across the width of the Yolo Causeway freeway. These photos then becomes references for the mini paintings.

Let’s Draw Davis Sketchcrawl

After a long absence, our Davis sketching group finally meet again. We started off at the Davis Farmers Market around 10:30 am. The weather was perfect; warm not hot and breezy. Packed with people for their fresh food shopping, there was also a rally going on. A grand opportunity to sketch groups of people standing still in one place.

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“No Crude by Rail” Rally at the Davis Farmers Market

After completing the rally sketch, maybe within an hour, I spotted this tent with fabrics blowing in the wind. The challenge here was getting the perspective of the tent and the other tents right. Also trying not to be overburdened with details of the numerous fabrics and tote bags on display. Another nice challenge is to create an impression of crowds of people passing without drawing every single one of them.

It happened that I knew one of the women in that booth. She and I had sons who had played on the same soccer team for many years. She loved the sketch and took a photo of it right then and there.

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Colorful Fabrics at the Davis Farmers Market

In the afternoon, I walked more into the center of town. Less people since the farmers market closed down after 1. I spotted this popular coffee shop with its umbrellas and patrons enjoying the warm afternoon.

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Saturday Afternoon at Mishka’s Cafe

At 3:30 pm the sketchers who stayed until the very end got together to share our sketches. It was a great outing and I am definitely looking forward to the next one…though maybe I’ll try to be brave and go on my own.

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My sketchbook kit: Holbein Multi-Drawing Book, 7 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches, waterbrush for  watercolors, pencil and a Lamy pen filled with Noodlers’ waterbased ink.

Check out these websites on urban sketching: Pete Scully (who is in the yellow shirt is the coordinator) and Urbansketchers.

 

 

Tiramisu

A corgie that I ran into while walking my dog. Delicious looking little thing. Her owner explained that her dog is named after an Italian dessert.

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Tiramisu, 10 x 10 x 1 3/4 inches, oil on stretched canvas

On the Yolo Causeway

There is a stretch of freeway that connects Davis to Sacramento. It goes over rice fields and when it rains it looks like a lake. A great place for artists…and hunters, though the two never meet. So whenever my husband is driving I snapped photos and paint.

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Yolo Basin, 10 x 4 inches, watercolor

It was a beautiful Sunday morning . . .

and I went on a solo sketchcrawl. I had participated in the Davis sketchcrawl, “Let’s Draw Davis” which is part of a worldwide movement of sketchers, “Urban Sketchers“.

It was a great way to getaway and meet up with a friend just to talk.

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Manna Korean BarBQ
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Hunan Restaurant

I discovered this little sketchbook made by Holbein. It handles watercolor well and is not very thick so I can carry it in my bag. Plus it’s spiralbound.