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

Sketching everyday things

sketches, Moleskine sketchbook 2016 to 2017

After working with walnut ink and watercolor, I switched backing using black ink. I love the color of walnut ink bu it tends to dry in my Lamy fountain pen. So now I’m using a Japanese made fountain pen with a very nice extra fine nib.

Quick Watercolor Portraits

The nice thing about the internet is its source of references. I have collected photos of ethnic faces to paint. I haven’t had much time or energy to paint in oils. But a 12 pan watercolor palette and a Moleskine sketchbook that I carry always in my handbag and my smartphone, I can paint anytime or anywhere.

Still sketching

Moleskine sketchbook 14DEC2016

Spending most of my time caring for my mother. Sketching keeps me active; keeps the creative juice going. I carry very minimal supplies; my Moleskine sketchbook, 5×8 inches, pen, white gel pen and watercolor set with a waterbrush – all fits in my bag.