Pence Gallery Garden Tour Exhibit

Every year the Pence Gallery holds the annual Garden Tour in Davis. Certain gardens are chosen for their designs and use of native Californian plants in their yards. I had an opportunity to be the artist on-site in two of these gardens.

These two paintings were from one home and were done from photographs. I attempted to paint plein air but the hot afternoon sun sweated my oils that I found difficult to work from. Painting exteriors scenes is something I normally don’t do. I think my approach here became more illustrative than painterly.

These paintings will be exhibited along with other arts done during the garden tour for the month of June at the Pence Gallery.

By the Pool 2017
By the Pool 2017, 8 x 6 inches oil on canvas panel
The Red Striped Hat 2017
The Red Striped Hat 2017, 6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel

The Slough on County Road 27

Another attempt at strictly palette knife painting. I like the idea of palette knife painting. It’s definitely cleaner than using brushes. No gamsol, just paper towels. There are two artists who are palette knives painters,  Sharon Sprung and Christopher Gallego . Instead of the rough textures that I get their paintings are smooth.

The Slough 2017
The Slough, 8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

Christopher Gallego was interviewed by Antrese Wood of Savvy Painter

In the Zinnia Patch

In Woodland, there is the ever popular Metzger Zinnia Patch. It covers two acres devoted to zinnias, rows and rows of zinnias of all different kinds. The owner, Mark Metzger donates the zinnias and provides buckets and water for visitors to pick for their homes or for places like retirement or convalescent homes. Read more about it here

I painted this painting from a photo taken about two years ago and it was just recently I was able to paint it.

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In the Metzger Zinnia Patch, 6 x 12 x 1 inches oil on stretch canvas by Marlene Lee

Sunlit Fields

The photo reference was taken probably on my way to Napa. Beautiful rolling hills with grapevines and distant mountains.

I wanted to try my hand using just a palette knife, the one that I mixed my paints with. No brushes. Cleaning was so easy, just a wipe with a paper towel. No gamsol!

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Sunlit Fields, 5 x 7 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

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