San Francisco Trip Sketches

My husband and I spent a few days in San Francisco. (It was a much needed rest from caring for my mother 24/7).

We stayed in a hotel right in the heart of downtown San Francisco. From our window view I can see the construction workers on the future Mexican Contemporary Art Museum.

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Construction of the Museum of Mexican Contemporary Art watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee

 

After our visit at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), we relaxed at Yerba Buena Park. Despite the cool breezy wind, many other people also relaxed in this beautiful park.

Afternoon at Yerba Buena Park
An Afternoon at Yerba Buena Park watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee

 

After breakfast in the following morning we stopped again at Yerba Buena Park. I was able to get a few sketches of people in while they were doing either Tai Chi, Chi Gung or dancing to music. I believe there’s a senior center nearby. Also I sketched in the rock garden there.

Morning Routines at Yerba Buena
Early Morning Routines watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee
Rock Garden
Rock Garden watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee

Derby Hat Girl

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Derby Hat Girl, 6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

A few years ago I painted this model in a live session. Fortunately I took a photo of her and found it recently. I still remember the look she had when posing in this derby hat.

Available for purchase at my Etsy shop.

Museum Sketching

Painted this grandmother and grandson sketching at a Wayne Thiebaud’s Exhibit at the Manetti Shrem Museum on the University of California, Davis.

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Sketching Thiebaud, 8 x 10 inches oil on panel

Portrait Drawings Commissions

I had been busy with portrait drawings commissions lately. Most of the commissions came from the St. James Holiday Bazaar Annual Sales. Exposure is good!

These portraits were done with graphite and white charcoal on Strathmore Grey Toned Paper. They are sized 10 x 8 inches. Several photos were provided by the client with specific ones to based the drawings from.

Interested in getting a portrait like this done? Email me at marleneleeart@gmail.com.

#36 Oil Portrait

This is a oil portrait of a young man who posed for me at the International Festival. I was struck by how the light hit his face – nice shadows and light. So taken a photo of him, I painted this portrait. Again I’m using the Zorn palette. Because of the success of the sale of this portrait No. 34, I’m aiming to complete portrait.

 

Young Man at the International Festival
No. 36 Oct. 20, 2016 oil on canvas paper, 12 x 9 inches

International Festival

The International Festival happened yesterday. The weather was perfect – not too hot and breezy. Another artist Scott Shephard and I sketched portraits for 5 hours. Kaitlyn, a UCD art student later joined us, making us a threesome to handled the long lines of people who wanted their portraits sketched. We met many people from all over the world – South Africa, Ireland, Persia, Korea…..Cool, breezy weather made this a pleasant event.

Here are some of the sketches I did….At the end I did 18 portrait sketches….