Pence Gallery Garden Tour

The annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour happened on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. This year private residential gardens were opened up throughout Davis. I was assigned to a small backyard garden but it was packed with native Californian plants and hidden spaces and planters with vegetables.

One of these pieces or maybe both will appear in the Garden Tour Exhibit at the Pence Gallery during June. The opening reception will be June 8th.

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Garden Fountain, pen and watercolor, 9 x 12 inches, 6 May 2018
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A Collage of Gail’s Garden, pen and watercolor, 9 x 6 inches, 6 May 2018

Sketchcrawl at the UCD Arboretum

We met at the steps of the Mrak Building on the UCD campus right along the arboretum. The regulars met as well as out-of-towners from the Sacramento area – Carmichael.

Two young girls with their mother join us. After an attempt to sketch the Taiko drummers who regularly practiced on Saturdays mornings at the top for the garage parking building, the nippy wind forced us inside the Manetti Shrem museum. Here I was able to captured the two girls.

I used Noodlers Kiowa Pecan ink filled in a TWSBI fountain pen. I love my TWSBI and the color of the ink but the ink was something to get used to. I discovered with the palm tree drawing that the ink is water soluble. I had to be very careful on the amount of water to apply without destroying the lines. Other that it produces a very interesting effect…

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Amy, 8 x 5 inches in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, watercolor and ink by Marlene Lee
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Sophia, 8 x 5 inches in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, watercolor and ink by Marlene Lee
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The Palm Tree, 8 x 5 inches in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, watercolor and ink by Marlene Lee

A Sketch Collage of My Kipling Bags and Other Things

I finally found a term that best described little sketches of a collections of items – sketch collage. I discovered Brenda Swenson’s blog post of her sketch collage and she best described how she came about composing her sketches.

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I had done them in the past but never knew how to describe them.

Watercolor Sketches

Practicing more on watercolor sketches of buildings especially entryways with flowers. Love how plants add so much personality to a structure. Both sketches were done on Strathmore Visual Journal 140# watercolor CP. The ink is Noodlers Lexington Grey.

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Blue Door with Flowers, watercolor and ink
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Landscaped Front Yard, watercolor and ink

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Outside Baking Oven Sketch

Guinevere is an hole in the wall cafe that serves great Italian food. The two owners, husband and wife are the chefs and also artists. With my lunch, I was sitting outside next to the baking oven going…sending out savory smells.

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Outside Baking Oven at Guinevere Cafe in Woodland, 2/14/18, Faber Castell sepia marker and watercolor

Sketching at the Manetti Shrem Museum

“Let’s Draw Davis” sketchcrawl met at the Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis, CA. Beautiful day but a bit nippy. The Wayne Thiebaud Exhibit is on display now so I head on inside to view. I captured some of the sketchers and the iconic horse sculpture inside the museum.

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Manetti Shrem Museum sketch by Marlene Lee
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A Young Urbansketcher sketch by Marlene Lee
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Andrew’s Shoes sketch by Marlene Lee
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Horse Sculpture at the Manetti Shrem Museum sketch by Marlene Lee

30 Buildings Sketches Finished

I started these series of buildings sketches back in November. My intention was to be able to sketch buildings. Since completed 30 of them I feel somewhat comfortable. Most of the sketches were based on photos from Pinterest or Flickr. Only one is onsite. I started off with a Faber Castell Sepia S nib. Love the brown. And then later sketches were done with a TWSBI Ecco fountain pen filled with Noodlers Lexington grey ink. A big difference from working with straight black.

Sketching Buildings

One of my drawing weakness is sketching buildings. So I had been practicing in my Moleskine sketchbook (8 1/2 x 5 inches).

I started out using a Faber Castell artist pen in sepia. Most of my previous sketches had been in black ink but wanted a warmer and toned down color. Somewhat an antiquated look.

Then I discovered the TWSBI Fountain Pen while watching a youtube video by watercolorist and sketcher Peter Sheeler. For ink, Noodlers’ Lexington Grey. With the ink grey tone, the sketches seemed like they were done in pencil. Such a nice soft quality.

I’m up to building sketch #11.