Dinky

A commissioned oil painting of a little chihuahua named Dinky. What strike me of this little fellow is his alertness and compact body. He’s ready to spring into action.

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Dinky, 8 x 6 x 3/4 inches oil on stretched canvas

Below is a step by step of how I paint this portrait. This process had turned out more successful for me to follow for future commissions. And this had come out of a workshop that I had taken from Sarah Sedwick. Here’s one of her videos about her step-by-step alla prima oil painting.

I started off with a thumbnail sketch to established where I wanted to place Dinky. It should be simple enough but it was a great warm-up. Then I did a pencil block in on paper of shadow/dark and light shapes. Using the pencil drawing as a base I gridded it and laid in with transparent red oxide on the canvas. Then in the fourth stage I laid in the basic shapes and local colors. The final stages comprise of adding more concise colors and background. The eyes and the area around them were the anchor for everything else. More details were devoted there.

This one I felt was one of my best. More info on commissions click to go to my Etsy

Blue and Ballou

A recent commission of two dogs. The client is from Germany and wanted two sizes, one at 9 x 12 inches and the other is a smaller size at 3 x 4 inches for a dollhouse. Both are painted in oil on stretched canvas.

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Blue and Ballou, oil on stretched canvas, 9 x 12 x 3/4 inches
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Blue and Ballou, oil on stretched canvas, 3 x 4 x 1/4 inches

Here are the step by step.

For more information about pet commission, click to go to my Etsy shop.

Watercolor Portraits Practice

I’ve been getting up around 5. So to make use of the time, I practice watercolor portraits. My goal is 30 then 50 and eventually 100. These are done on Strathmore Visual Journal, 140# watercolor paper. These are just a sampling.

More People Sketching

My weekend was busy with people sketching. This time I went to the Square Tomato Arts and Crafts Fair this past weekend. Sketched vendors, shoppers, musicians…tried to get a couple of volunteers to pose for me but no go.

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People sketching at the Square Tomato Fair in a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook

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Let’s Draw Davis at the Farmers Market

Let’s Draw Davis sketchcrawl group met yesterday at the Davis Farmers Market. The weather was perfect after a week of rain and so it was packed with people. I capture the facepainting lady who is there every week. And then I attempted some people sketching…I was captivated with what people were wearing…such as the man with the red pants who was carrying a purple bag and wearing an oversized coat.

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Facepainting Lady, watercolor and pen by Marlene Lee
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Sketching People at the Davis Farmers Market by Marlene Lee