China Bowls

I’m on a roll on painting china bowls. Memories of my mother.

China Bowl and Green Onions
China Bowls with Green Onions, 6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel
China Bowl with Chopsticks
China Bowl with Chopsticks, 6 x 6 inches oil on canvas panel
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Large China Bowl with Tomatoes, 10 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel

Orange Vase

Life is simple. Small purple flowers from my potted garden. Centered and focus. Simple elegance.

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Orange Vase with Purple Flowers, oil on canvas panel, 8 x 6 inches by Marlene Lee

This painting is on hold until my exhibit in January 2019.

Sketches

With my busy schedules, sketching allows me to satisfy that need to draw and paint. My sketches are done in Moleskine sketchbook, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2. I usually have my TWSBI fountain pen with Noodler’s Lexington Grey ink and waterbrush attached to the Moleskine. If I have time in the early morning brushes and water on the dining table ready for a quick watercolor painting. And of course, my coffee.

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Big Head Sketch of Alan 2018
Homework assignment from Sketchbook Skool. Drawing big heads and small body.

The 30 Day Challenge

I’m excited to say that I’m participating in the 30×30 Direct Watercolor 2018 Challenge. What I’m understanding about doing direct watercolor is to paint with pure watercolor. I cheated. I started out with a gestural pencil sketch and then add watercolor in a free forming fashion. The originator of the challenge is Marc Taro Holmes and his blog post explains more on the process.

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Day 1 Pears, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor and pencil by Marlene Lee
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Day 2 Strawberries, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor and pencil by Marlene Lee
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Day 3 Blueberries, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor and pencil by Marlene Lee

My materials: Stillman&Birn Delta series, watercolor and pencil, brush – Isabey pocketbrush. 

My set up is using the early morning light.

 

A Solvent Oil Can

I had been inspired by Brian Astle‘s paintings of daily studies – a singular object,  the use of a palette knife to texture the background and the losing of the edge.

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Solvent Oil Can by Marlene Lee, oil on canvas panel 7 x 5 inches

This dated item I kept around for over 30 years. In my 20’s I had worked as a graphic artist and had used this to removed rubber cement or wax from the typeset text to reposition it. Definitely before computers. Nowadays, hitting “delete” is all that’s needed.