My dogs portraits of various dogs that I met while walking my dog Kava is now exhibiting at the Avid Reader during the month of April. These are all sized at 10 x 10 x 1 3/8 inches oil on gallery wrapped canvas. Each one of these except for Kava (my dog) are available for purchase at my DailyPaintworks store or for commission go to my Etsy shop. The price is $175 for either the painting or commission.
It’s done! The client loves it. I have to admit I did enjoy doing a bigger painting. Hopefully I can do more.
Still working on this commission. Here I’m establishing the general based colors. And I’m definitely working with bigger brushes like 3/4″ to 1″. Taking David Shelvino’s workshop prepared me for working big. I have to say I do enjoy working a lot larger.
Here’s the post for the first stage: https://marleneleeart.com/2015/10/15/isle-of-innisfree-commission/
My hairdresser asked me to paint two 8×8 inch paintings for her sister. Fortunately I had done similar fruit paintings before. Sliced up some grapefruit, lemons and especially limes, since this is the color that had drawn her. Set them up and took photos.
There’s a lot of playing around with design and balance, and color . . . almost abstract.
Commission piece based on a stock photo of the Isle of Innisfree. The client had fond memories of this place but wanted warmer atmosphere and a teal color boat. (The color of the boat in the photo is more green). The size is 24 x 36 inches, my first big landscape. I had to say when I started it was freeing to work big. Below is a small study reduced down proportionately to 6 x 9 inches. In the slide show is the beginning on the larger canvas.
Laying in the grisalle on larger canvas
As I was walking my dog, I met up with a woman who was walking her dog, a St. Charles Spaniel named Cookie. She had an irresistible smile that I had to paint her. So I took a quick smartphone pic and painted from it.
This sketch was done during a sketch crawl. I had been very active in “Let’s Draw Davis” urban sketch crawl group. We met once a month in different location each time and sketch the surroundings. Later we’ll meet up at the end of the day to look at what we had accomplished. Usually my sketches are done in watercolor and pen, quick and so easily portable. On this day, we met around the Amtrak Station. There were not only trains to sketch but restaurants, people coming in and out. I found this scene of the Village Bakery shop. Somewhat hidden behind the trees I was able to capture not only the building but the people going in and sitting…enjoying the beautiful Saturday.
Like with all my sketches, I posted on Flickr and listed in “Let’s Draw Davis” sketch group, part of Urban sketcher. An PR agency, Crocker&Crocker, in Sacramento, discovered it. They were working with their client, the City of Davis, for a new banner to reflect the spirit and the goals of Davis. It is to be used in their offices and social media. Here’s the City of Davis Facebook Page.
Naturally I was thrilled! In the process I learned a bit about copyrights. Also I realized with all the work I put into posting in different sites, never know what piece may reach out.
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