As part of the Yolo County Art & Ag Project, I was on a farm whom owner collected old cars. This is an artist’s dream. Old cars all lined up in various conditions.
Sketching at the local farmers’ market is drawing subject overload. A sketcher’s dream. So our local sketch group, Let’s Draw Davis, met there headed up by Pete Scully, a locally and maybe internationally known urbansketcher. (He also had published sketching books in which some of my sketches are in.)
I’ve been trying to get more quick sketch people in. I love sketching people performing, all dressed up or just behaving in a normal fashion. The arm of the band singer and the head of the nursing mother is a bit off but quick sketching is about capturing the gesture – no concern about getting the proportions right.
Check out my Flickr page for more sketches. Enjoy!
For the month of August I had been taking an intensive online painting lessons and had not been able to paint. But I’m able to put in some sketches.
Sunday morning I took my mother to the UCD arboretum. Many gardens and native plants. Then we came to a hill with benches that overlook the arboretum. Breathtaking! I hoped I was able to capture the faraway trees and the water flowing.
Another commission from my sister. A friend’s dog. The photo reference was taken from a top view which extorted the head a bit. And the face was a challenge since it was basically dark brown/black. Also I had considered putting more details in the kerchief as seen in the photo but was afraid it would distract from the head.
Met this beautiful collie at the park. This breed of collie is possibly a rough collie.
Here’s a collection of dog portraits paintings done so far. They are available for purchase in my Etsy shop, Paintings by Marlene.
I got so many dogs photos from the parks that I can’t remember who this one is. But another tiny painting.
Here’s a previous photo of it before I put in the final touches…it had appeared in Instagram. The palette knife is there for scale.
The sketching group that I meet every month met today in the over 100 degree F heat to sketch Davis. The goal was to sketch the hidden spots that are so common in downtown Davis, small boutique shops and unique restaurants. I managed to sketch an antique store front but sketching the sketchers inspired me more.
I’m continuing my series of 3 x 3 inches oil portraits of dogs.Why dogs? Because I have one.
This dog I met at the reception for my dog portraits exhibit at the Avid Reader. She was with her owner who was partially blind. Dogs are such marvelous companions!