Crocker BNSA Auction

Last night was the Crocker Museum Auction of Big Names Small Art (BNSA). Primarily of small arts to be auctioned off. 100% goes to the Crocker for art education and exhibits. I donated one of my favorite paintings of four years ago. After being exhibited in various places, it finally found a home at this auction. Thanks to another artist, Dawn Pederson who kept tabs on my painting, the last bid known was at $325.

This painting was painted four years ago. I painted this after taking a workshop with David Shelvino. Here’s blog post that explains how I painted this.

Charly and Jinga

Just finished up two dog portraits in oils for one client.

Begins with many photos provided by the client. I choose one photo, make a pencil sketch, then an underpainting to establish values and the painting. Each step I show the client.

These paintings are small 8 x 6 inches and done on stretched canvas for easy hanging.

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“Charly” oil on stretched canvas, 6 x 8 x 3/4 inches by Marlene Lee

 

 

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“Jinja” oil on stretched canvas, 6 x 8 x 3/4 inches by Marlene Lee

Craig Nelson Workshop

I took Craig Nelson Speed Studies Workshop in April at Patris‘ Studio in Sacramento. It was a three day workshop. The first days were devoted to the figure. But the last day he demonstrated landscaping painting.

I have to say that though I’m more into the figure/portrait painting, I enjoyed the landscaping painting more. His demonstration was lively and there was a playfulness to his approach to painting the landscape. I have been drawn back to landscaping painting.

“Lexi” Dog Portrait

This is Lexi, the dog who would not stand still for a photo. In this painting I worked more on soften the edges to give it a more softer look. The background is different from how I treated other dog portraits. I wanted a more neutral color so that Lexi would stand out.

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“Lexi” 10 x 10 x 3/4 inches oil on canvas by Marlene Lee

Miss Marple and Friends

Another commission done! This time with three dogs on one canvas. All three dogs are close friends named Blue, Ballou and in the middle is Miss Marple. Miss Marple is the oldest and at 16 passed away. Instead of just painting their portraits as I did with the others, I wanted to include their whole body especially their toes. Their touching toes showed how close they were.

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Miss Marple and Friends, 9 x 12 x 3/4 inches, oil on stretched canvas

Stages: Pencil sketch, then block-in in oil on canvas and the open grisalle before the actual painting.

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Pencil sketch
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Block in on canvas
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Open grisalle underpainting

Five Dogs Portraits Done!!!

Just finished commissions from one client. All except one is 6 x 6 inches on stretched cotton canvas. I had been doing preliminaries drawings before going onto canvases. Then on canvas I did a grisalle with transparent red oxide for values. I found by doing these preliminary drawings and grisalles, it helps with the painting process.

Interested in a commission done for your pet click to go to my Etsy shop.

 

 

 

 

 

Emil

I just finished a watercolor portrait for an internet friend in Finland. The original painting is up for sale in my Etsy shop.

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“Emil” 10 x 7 inch watercolor on cold pressed watercolor paper #140 by Marlene Lee

 

Oliver Sin’s Workshop, Day 2

In Day 2, Oliver demonstrated with a charcoal pencil.

Oliver shows some of charcoal pencils on toned paper.

In the afternoon we worked on toned paper. But first we did some 10 minutes warm-ups on Strathmore drawing paper. The toned paper we use Canson Tientes. Oliver suggested used the smooth side for women and children’s portraits. The textured size best for men.

Spraying is not needed for charcoal pencils. Only for vine charcoal drawings.