Old Cars

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.

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Old Cars, 9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas panel

Sketching at the Davis Farmers’ Market

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!

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Band Singer, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in a Moleskine pocket size watercolor sketchbook, marker and watercolor
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Nursing, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in a Moleskine pocket size watercolor sketchbook, marker and watercolor

UCD Arboretum sketch

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.

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“Spending Time to Ponder” watercolor and Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen small in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, pocket size.

A Dog Named Haley

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.

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A Dog Named Haley, oil on canvas panel, 10 x 8 inches by Marlene Lee

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Wise Collie

I got so many dogs photos from the parks that I can’t remember who this one is. But another tiny painting.

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Wise Collie, 3 x 3 x 3/8 inches oil on canvas

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.

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Let’s Draw Davis Sketchcrawl

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.

Ready to Assist

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!

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Ready to Assist, 3 x 3 x 1/4 inches oil on stretched canvas