Orange Vase

Life is simple. Small purple flowers from my potted garden. Centered and focus. Simple elegance.

Orange Vase with Purple Flowers
Orange Vase with Purple Flowers, oil on canvas panel, 8 x 6 inches by Marlene Lee

This painting is on hold until my exhibit in January 2019.

Sketches

With my busy schedules, sketching allows me to satisfy that need to draw and paint. My sketches are done in Moleskine sketchbook, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2. I usually have my TWSBI fountain pen with Noodler’s Lexington Grey ink and waterbrush attached to the Moleskine. If I have time in the early morning brushes and water on the dining table ready for a quick watercolor painting. And of course, my coffee.

Watercolor Setup 2018My Watercolor Brushes 2018

Big Head Sketch of Alan 2018
Homework assignment from Sketchbook Skool. Drawing big heads and small body.

Mango

Starting to paint for a major upcoming show in January 2019. So most of works that I’m painting now will not be up for sale until after the show.

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Mango, oil on canvas panel, 6 x 6, 2018 by Marlene Lee

Coco

Another little dog that I had met at the park.

I had done this little dog in watercolor. Here’s the post of it – https://marleneleeart.com/2018/06/30/the-final-watercolors/.

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Coco, oil, 8 x 10 inches by Marlene Lee

“What’s in My Bag” Sketch

I had been looking high and low for a bag that would carry my sketching supplies as well as my personal items. The criteria is that it would not get heavy on long walks but feels light when I’m running around town doing errands. The beauty of a Timbuk2 is their very adjustable strap. With just one flick I can adjust the strap without taking the whole bag off.

In my Timbuk2 Metro bag I carry my sketching supplies such as a small Moleskine Sketchbook, a Cotman Watercolor Pocket set, waterbrush, fountain pen and mechanical pencil. Also my personal items – wallet, tissue, lotion, smart phone, Epipen, waterbottle ….

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What’s in My Bag? watercolor and pen, 5 x 8 inches in Moleskine sketcbhook

Materials: Moleskine sketchbook, watercolor, TWSBI fountain pen filled with Noodlers’ Lexington Ink.

 

San Francisco Trip Sketches

My husband and I spent a few days in San Francisco. (It was a much needed rest from caring for my mother 24/7).

We stayed in a hotel right in the heart of downtown San Francisco. From our window view I can see the construction workers on the future Mexican Contemporary Art Museum.

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Construction of the Museum of Mexican Contemporary Art watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee

 

After our visit at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), we relaxed at Yerba Buena Park. Despite the cool breezy wind, many other people also relaxed in this beautiful park.

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An Afternoon at Yerba Buena Park watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee

 

After breakfast in the following morning we stopped again at Yerba Buena Park. I was able to get a few sketches of people in while they were doing either Tai Chi, Chi Gung or dancing to music. I believe there’s a senior center nearby. Also I sketched in the rock garden there.

Morning Routines at Yerba Buena
Early Morning Routines watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee
Rock Garden
Rock Garden watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee

The Final Watercolors

The 30×30 Direct Watercolor Challenge has drawn to the end. It had provided a way for me to get back into watercolors and now I’m looking forward to doing more.

These were done on Arches rough pressed paper cut down to 5 x 7 sheets.

Day 25 Terrier
Day 25 The Terrier
Day 26 Overriped Plums
Day 26 Overriped Plums
Day 27 China Bowl
Day 27 China Bowl
Day 28 Brown and White Dog
Day 28 Brown and White Dog
Day 30 Succulent
Day 30 Succulent