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.

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.

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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.

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Early Morning Routines watercolor sketch by Marlene Lee
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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.

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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.

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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