Watercolor Sketches

Practicing more on watercolor sketches of buildings especially entryways with flowers. Love how plants add so much personality to a structure. Both sketches were done on Strathmore Visual Journal 140# watercolor CP. The ink is Noodlers Lexington Grey.

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Blue Door with Flowers, watercolor and ink
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Landscaped Front Yard, watercolor and ink

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William’s Rose

I was at magazine store when a man gave his rose to me. He grows them in his garden and had several on the counter while he was looking through magazines. He offered me one of the roses but wanted to  guess which one I would take. He was right.

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William’s Rose by Marlene Lee, oil on canvas panel, 12 x 6 inches

Small Oil Sketches

New works yet small, strictly experimental. There is a similarity among all 4 pieces…a greenish background. Pink against green in “Pink Dianthus” is one of my fav. Analogous greens as in the “Lumpy Pear” and “Yellow Daffodil”. And complementary colors of reddish and greenish as in the “Apple and Tangerine”.

Pence Gallery Garden Tour

I had a fun time yesterday at the annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour. Lovely weather and a convenient home gardens to walk to made this a very successful garden tour.

This was my first to paint on site. I was a bit nervous as to “what am I going to paint” anxiety all week because where I was painting was at the gallery itself. But as it turns out it wasn’t as bad as I thought.

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Plein aire painting at the Pence Gallery. Oil, 8 x 10 linen panel.

Roses for Mother’s Day

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Roses for Mother’s Day, 9 x 9 inches, oil on canvas panel

I was a bit hesitant about painting roses. They look complicated with all their petals. But I squirt my eyes and painted the light and shadow patterns. And not to worry about details.