Art & Ag Projects

The Art & Ag Project is a call to artist event.

“The Art & Ag Project cultivates a dialogue between artists, farmers, and the community to raise awareness about the importance of preserving farmlands and the visual arts in Yolo County. A nationally recognized creative place making project, Art & Ag has invited farmers to open their land to local artists, providing unique opportunities to capture private landscapes that would otherwise remain inaccessible and unseen.

Each month, artists visit a different farm where they can meet the farm owners, paint en plein air, or take photographs. Artists are invited each Fall to exhibit their agriculturally–inspired artwork at YoloArts’ annual Art Farm Gala, the first Friday in November.” 

The “Red Barn” was painted at the Valley Oak Wool Mill. A young woman rented one of the buildings to run her wool mill business. She would take raw wool and spin it for clients. Her waiting list is about a year long.

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Red Barn, 18 x 24 inches, oil on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

The next two paintings was done at the Good Hummus Produce. Caught this dog napping in the middle of the road. Love how the sun light shaped around him.

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Napping in the Shadows, 8 x 10 inches, oil on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

The “Red Tractor” was parked underneath these trees. I did a small quick study, 6 x 8 and got up to stretched. Before I knew the owner had driven the tractor away.  Thank goodness I had that quick study plus a few photos.

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Red Tractor, 9 x 12 inches, oil on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

This last painting, “Hazy Day” reflect the fickle weather of March or maybe April. I love how the grapevines captured a glimpse of the sun peeking through the clouds.

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Hazy Day, 8 x 10 inches, oil on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

There are still more farm visits coming up. I probably would visit up to September.

Charly and Jinga

Just finished up two dog portraits in oils for one client.

Begins with many photos provided by the client. I choose one photo, make a pencil sketch, then an underpainting to establish values and the painting. Each step I show the client.

These paintings are small 8 x 6 inches and done on stretched canvas for easy hanging.

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“Charly” oil on stretched canvas, 6 x 8 x 3/4 inches by Marlene Lee

 

 

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“Jinja” oil on stretched canvas, 6 x 8 x 3/4 inches by Marlene Lee

“Lexi” Dog Portrait

This is Lexi, the dog who would not stand still for a photo. In this painting I worked more on soften the edges to give it a more softer look. The background is different from how I treated other dog portraits. I wanted a more neutral color so that Lexi would stand out.

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“Lexi” 10 x 10 x 3/4 inches oil on canvas by Marlene Lee

Miss Marple and Friends

Another commission done! This time with three dogs on one canvas. All three dogs are close friends named Blue, Ballou and in the middle is Miss Marple. Miss Marple is the oldest and at 16 passed away. Instead of just painting their portraits as I did with the others, I wanted to include their whole body especially their toes. Their touching toes showed how close they were.

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Miss Marple and Friends, 9 x 12 x 3/4 inches, oil on stretched canvas

Stages: Pencil sketch, then block-in in oil on canvas and the open grisalle before the actual painting.

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Pencil sketch
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Block in on canvas
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Open grisalle underpainting

Five Dogs Portraits Done!!!

Just finished commissions from one client. All except one is 6 x 6 inches on stretched cotton canvas. I had been doing preliminaries drawings before going onto canvases. Then on canvas I did a grisalle with transparent red oxide for values. I found by doing these preliminary drawings and grisalles, it helps with the painting process.

Interested in a commission done for your pet click to go to my Etsy shop.

 

 

 

 

 

Emil

I just finished a watercolor portrait for an internet friend in Finland. The original painting is up for sale in my Etsy shop.

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“Emil” 10 x 7 inch watercolor on cold pressed watercolor paper #140 by Marlene Lee