Urbansketching in Davis and Woodland

I had been more into sketching buildings lately especially after taking the Sketchbook Skool course on Urbansketching.

In Davis, I was drawn to these very old apartments that I’ve seen for over 30 years. Located next to them was a sandwich shop that I took my then very young sons after a play at the park. What struck me about these apartments was the entry facade, not often seen in modern day buildings.

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Apartments across from Central Park, watercolor sketch in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches by Marlene Lee

 

Nearby to the apartments are these very new townhomes. Colors and brickworks are what makes these modern day places unique.

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Townhouse across from Central Park, watercolor sketch in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches by Marlene Lee

 

A month later I ate at one of my favorite places in Woodland, California. A hole in a wall place that served Italian and Scandinavian cuisune. They are known for their outdoor oven.

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At Guinevere’s Cafe & Bistro, watercolor sketch in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches by Marlene Lee

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

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

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