Tangerine on a White Cloth

This painting was done strictly using palette knife. I found that I can’t render so much but have to consider what color to use before actually applying it on the canvas.

Orange on a White Cloth
Tangerine on a White Cloth, 10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

Pumpkins Paintings

These paintings of pumpkins were painted around 2013. Recently someone bought one of them. I had completed forgotten they were around and thought I had destroyed them.

Four Pumpkins in a Row
Four Pumpkins in a Row, 6 x 12 x 3/4 inches, oil on stretched canvas
Pumpkin with Top Off
Pumpkin with Sliced Off Top, 8 x 10 x 3/4 inches oil on stretched canvas
Pumpkin with Sliced Top
Pumpkin Top Off, 8 x 10 x 3/4 inches oil on stretched canvas

China Bowls

I’m on a roll on painting china bowls. Memories of my mother.

China Bowl and Green Onions
China Bowls with Green Onions, 6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel
China Bowl with Chopsticks
China Bowl with Chopsticks, 6 x 6 inches oil on canvas panel
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Large China Bowl with Tomatoes, 10 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel

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.

Lessons learned

I just finished an online workshop with Felicia Forte. She is a well-known representational oil painter whose works has been exhibited throughout the US as well as abroad. I had taken her workshop in Los Gatos, CA and felt that I can learned more from her. So I signed for her online classes.

There were many “aha” moments but the main point I have taken away from the sessions is that I need to pay more attention to clean brushstrokes and to be decisive in what colors I mixed. Below is a quick oil study that I did after finishing.

Nectarine Study
Nectarine oil study by Marlene Lee

A Solvent Oil Can

I had been inspired by Brian Astle‘s paintings of daily studies – a singular object, ┬áthe use of a palette knife to texture the background and the losing of the edge.

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Solvent Oil Can by Marlene Lee, oil on canvas panel 7 x 5 inches

This dated item I kept around for over 30 years. In my 20’s I had worked as a graphic artist and had used this to removed rubber cement or wax from the typeset text to reposition it. Definitely before computers. Nowadays, hitting “delete” is all that’s needed.