UCD Arboretum Gazebo

Since the pandemic began and the warm weather picked up, I started to join Philippe Gandiol‘s Plein Aire Class on Thursday mornings. With our masks on and practicing social distancing most of the time, we met at the UCD Arboretum. So Philippe demo this area; he used brushes but also palette knives to create his texture. I’ve tried that in my painting and found it more expressive.

Painting Pears

I’m back to painting still life, fruits to be exact. Fruits were my first subject matter when I wanted to tackle oils. But getting back into them is like visiting an old friend. Besides I was requested via Etsy to paint more fruit paintings.

“Brown and Green Pears” was worked on with oils and cold wax. I was able to applied a bit of collage in the background. I hope to paint more paintings with oils and cold wax to create the translucent look.

Brown and Green Pears, 8 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

“Chinese Whiskey Jar and Asian Pear” was painted strictly with oils but I used a palette knife towards the end. There is something expressive that happens when I use the palette knife for accents.

Chinese Whiskey Jar with Asian Pear, 8 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel

Portrait Artist of the Week

The series Portrait Artist of the Year, a portrait artist competition held in Britain, decided to do a virtual competition on Facebook. The annual competition is a delight to watch where artists paints celebrity models in rounds to eventually win a commission to paint a prominent celebrity. For the virtual competition there was a model a week. Past winners of the competition are invited to paint the prominent model. Facebook viewers are invited to paint along to work from a screen shot and Then submit their portraits to be pick for first, second or third place winner for that week.

I was delighted to participate. I definitely got my practice in. So below are 8 of the 9 people painted. I used a limited palette of titanium white, yellow ochre, cadmium red and ivory black. Though sometime I would used burnt umber and ultramarine blue to make black. I discovered that when mixing the black this way I can make it as cool or warm when I needed it. It was a good time to experiment with different palette arrangements.

Ginger Jar Commission

A commission for a Ginger Jar. This was a bit of a challenge because of the detailed design on the jar. But I found a brush, Silver Bristlon Round 0 that worked perfectly with fine details. My main objective in this painting was to created feeling of roundness, protruding out of the canvas.

Ginger Jar 2020
Ginger Jar, 6 x 4 inches oil on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

 

Doolin Pet Commission

Another commissioned finished!

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Doolin, oil 8 x 6 x 3/4 inches on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

Since I had painted his ears off to the sides the 3D effect was quite noticeable. I have to say I do like this effect.

Some preliminary studies. I find doing a pencil drawing and a transparent red oxide underpainting helps me to get into the mood of painting a commission.

 

This was my photo reference. Nice, clear photo with some lighting off to the side is a perfect photo for commissions.

Doolin_Kelly photo

 

Musicians

A walk through memory lane.

These paintings of musicians were done back in 2014 from photos I had taken. The guitarists were performing in Woodland during the Art Walk. I believe the harmonica player was in Davis for the Second Friday ArtAbout. (I missed those days!) It’s been awhile.

These paintings are available in my Etsy shop.

Beatriz

Commissioned painting of Beatriz

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Beatriz, 8 x 6 x 3/4 inches oil on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee