Tomato Processing Plant Supervisor

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Tomato Processing Plant Supervisor, oil on canvas panel, 7 x 5 inches, SOLD

I participate in the Yolo County Art & Ag Project where artists are invited into the ranches and farms to paint the beautiful Sacramento landscapes. This time the visit was to the Pacific Coast Producers, major tomato processing plant company. Our tour guide lead us through the massive plant to show us the process of canning tomatoes. He had been with the company for many years and knew the ins and outs of canning tomatoes for mass production. It shows in his expression and mannerisms.

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Young Girl

Still working only with Zorn palette; a limited palette of just four colors; titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre, and cadmium red. Even with just those four, I feel there is so much colors I can reproduce. The Zorn palette works well with portraits and figures but with landscapes and still not quite sure.

Since the photo was from Pinterest and probably copyrighted, I cannot sell the painting.

Young Girl, 8 x 6 inches oil on canvas panel

Sunlit Fields

The photo reference was taken probably on my way to Napa. Beautiful rolling hills with grapevines and distant mountains.

I wanted to try my hand using just a palette knife, the one that I mixed my paints with. No brushes. Cleaning was so easy, just a wipe with a paper towel. No gamsol!
Sunlit Fields, 5 x 7 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

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Matthew’s Hair

My youngest son loves to style his hair. When he was around 10, he grew it very long and would swing his head around to flip his hair around. Now in his 20s he shaves the sides very close and leave the top long.

This was painted from a photo.

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Matthew’s Hair by Marlene Lee, 8 x 10 oil on panel