Pence Gallery Garden Tour

The annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour happened on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. This year private residential gardens were opened up throughout Davis. I was assigned to a small backyard garden but it was packed with native Californian plants and hidden spaces and planters with vegetables.

One of these pieces or maybe both will appear in the Garden Tour Exhibit at the Pence Gallery during June. The opening reception will be June 8th.

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Garden Fountain, pen and watercolor, 9 x 12 inches, 6 May 2018
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A Collage of Gail’s Garden, pen and watercolor, 9 x 6 inches, 6 May 2018

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.

Drop In at the Pence

Some better drawings done at the Pence Gallery in Davis. Mostly 5, 10 and 20 minute poses. I had thought about doing some painting – just value studies. But when evening comes around, I’m too tired to think about lifting a brush.

I was working with 4B soft charcoal on smooth newsprint. Got too dark for me so I switched to 2B charcoal to sketch in the construction lines and then work with 4B to darken some shadows. It worked pretty well. Sometimes changing gives a different outlook.

Detailed parts like the hands and feet are hard to do in a full figure quick drawing. So I fade them out. But I’m getting better with the facial.

Now my plan with these drawings is to paint, starting with black and white studies and then color. I’m a little apprehensive about meeting the challenge. But I’ll never know if I don’t go forward.

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