Derby Hat Girl

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Derby Hat Girl, 6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

A few years ago I painted this model in a live session. Fortunately I took a photo of her and found it recently. I still remember the look she had when posing in this derby hat.

Available for purchase at my Etsy shop.

#36 Oil Portrait

This is a oil portrait of a young man who posed for me at the International Festival. I was struck by how the light hit his face – nice shadows and light. So taken a photo of him, I painted this portrait. Again I’m using the Zorn palette. Because of the success of the sale of this portrait No. 34, I’m aiming to complete portrait.

 

Young Man at the International Festival
No. 36 Oct. 20, 2016 oil on canvas paper, 12 x 9 inches

Davis Art Open Studio – a Success!

The past weekend 28 artists in Davis open up their studios for visitors and possible sales. This was the second year for me. And I realized after this weekend that it will a part of my art yearly event.

This portrait is number 34 of oil portraits paintings that I had been doing in the Zorn palette. I wasn’t planning to sell it. It was laid out to dry completely and then later to be scan. But a dear friend wanted it and is interested in buying it.

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Young Man with the Pigtails, oil on canvas paper, 10 x 8 inches

Portraits Studies

I attend regularly at an open studio held in a local high school. The art teacher there coordinates these events and encourages her students to attend and even model for us.

Below are two studies from such sessions. They were done in the Zorn palette; titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre, and cadmium red. Transparent red oxide is use to layout and tone the linen canvas.

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The Finish of the 6-Hour Pose

Last Tuesday was the last 3 hours of the 6-Hour pose at Paulo Ruvalcabo’s alla prima class at the School of Light and Color.

Here’s the previous post on the first 6 hour – https://marleneleeart.com/2015/04/29/6-hour-pose/.

What I took from here is something I had heard before but now is sinking it – The sphere shape in rendering the values from shadows to light. Areas to pay close attention to is around the forehead, along the cheekbones, around the jaw line, the transition on the nose planes from side to top and then to the other side, the roundness of the eyelids and the roundness of the lips.

Another point that I have finally become more aware of is that different colors of the same values can be blended in. I’m a bit still uncertain how to deal with this new knowledge but I still need to think in values even though colors are introduced.

Anyway I’m happy with the results. I found spending longer forces me to developed the painting more and even taking the time to correct. Lesson well learned!
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Topher

Just found this while I was reorganizing my desktop files. It was done 3 years ago before I started taking classes. A quick study, loose brushstrokes, more expressive. Wondered if taking classes restricts my expressiveness.

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