Orange Vase

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

Orange Vase with Purple Flowers
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.


I love the deep red of the mango. I bought one to paint. I have been attending a still life painting class taught by Philippe Gandiol, a native of France, but who now resides here in Davis for many many years and a second career artist. It’s interesting to know someone for many years and see their progression.

Recently I felt I needed a punch in the arm with my still life paintings. I wanted to go beyond the ACEO paintings of one fruit. Taking Philippe’s class is what I needed. I’m paying more attention to composition and more complex design. (Here’s a link to Philippe’s still life paintings.)

Mango, 3.5 x 2.5 inches, oil on paper

In Still Life with Mango, the mango is the focal point with its strong color. It sits somewhat in the “thirds” section. I paid attention to the circular direction from the mango into the flowers, down through the stem to the cut off bud, back to the mango. Normally I would painted the flowers how I see it, strong red but thinking about what is the focal point I push back the flowers by fading the colors.

Still Life with Mango, 8 x 10 inches, oil on linen panel

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Oriental Lily

Picked up a bunch of Oriental Lilies from Nugget. There’s a couple of blooms but quite a bit of buds…So I’m hoping I could paint quite awhile with these.

watercolor, 7.5 x 5.5 inches
watercolor, 7.5 x 5.5 inches