DIRECT WATERCOLOR CHALLENGE, DAYS 7 to 9

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Day 7 The Palm Tree, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor Stillman&Birn Delta series by Marlene Lee
Day 8_Rice Fields_ 30x30DW
Day 8 Rice Fields, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor Stillman&Birn Delta series by Marlene Lee
Day 9_Birds Flying over Rice Fields_30x30DW
Day 9 Birds Flying over Rice Fields, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor Stillman&Birn Delta series by Marlene Lee

In Los Gatos, California

This past weekend I went to a workshop in Los Gatos on alla prima portrait painting. We stayed at a hotel, Garden Inn that had a relaxing patio with palm trees and water fountains. Couple with a cool breeze, it was a wonderful way to start a busy weekend.

Garden Inn Patio at Los Gatos
At Garden Inn Patio in Los Gatos

We went to La Boulanger for breakfast twice. Each time we went there was a homeless woman eating breakfast  with her neatly packed belongings nearby. I was impressed how she carefully wrapped and packed each one.

Well Packed
Well Packed

Yolo Causeway Rice Fields 1

First of a series of tiny paintings. Yolo Causeway Series.

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Yolo Causeway Rice Fields I, oil on stretched canvas, 2 x 2.75 x .0375 inches by Marlene Lee

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This painting is part of a series of miniature dollhouse sized paintings of the Yolo Causeway. While my husband is driving, I snapped photos with my smartphone of the vast rice fields stretching across the width of the Yolo Causeway freeway. These photos then becomes references for the mini paintings.

It was a beautiful Sunday morning . . .

and I went on a solo sketchcrawl. I had participated in the Davis sketchcrawl, “Let’s Draw Davis” which is part of a worldwide movement of sketchers, “Urban Sketchers“.

It was a great way to getaway and meet up with a friend just to talk.

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Manna Korean BarBQ
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Hunan Restaurant

I discovered this little sketchbook made by Holbein. It handles watercolor well and is not very thick so I can carry it in my bag. Plus it’s spiralbound.