Thor

Just finished a commission for a very small dog painting. It’s only 3 x 3 inches and it’s perfect for a doll house.

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“Thor” 3 x 3 x 1/4 inches, oil by Marlene Lee, commissioned

Commissions for this size and larger in my Etsy shop. It’s late for Christmas, though.

Tiny Dog Paintings

Here’s the last three of the tiny paintings of dogs. The white chihuahua I met at a park. The sun was out and bright so when I took the photo she was looking away. The little brown dog is my chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix who was wearing her little rain jacket. She only wore it once. And the pug is another dog I met on the street who didn’t want her picture taken.

There are available for purchase at the Pence Gallery store in Davis.

Tiny Dog Portraits

Building up my collections of 3 x 3 inches dog portraits for the Pence Gallery Holiday Sales in Davis, coming up in three weeks.

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Little Dog Complex, 3 x 3 x 1/4 inches oil on canvas
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Charley, 3 x 3 x 1/4 inches oil on canvas

Doll House Tiny Paintings

More dollhouse sized paintings.

Last of a series of the Yolo Causeway crossing.

Yolo Causeway RiceFields I, 2016
Yolo Causeway RiceFields I 2016, 2 x 4 x 3/8 inches, oil on canvas

Recently a new subdivision was build on land that was once a Hunt Tomato Factory. It had been vacant for many years. So now it slowly being filled with townhouses and big homes – taking over the open fields close by.

I wanted to document the fields  before the development of subdivisions take over.

Sunflowers, 2016
Sunflowers 2016, 2x4x3/8, oil on canvas
PalmTrees, 2016
PalmTrees 2016, 2x4x3/8, oil on canvas
Workers, 2016
Workers 2016, 2x4x3/8, oil on canvas

Yolo Causeway Tiny Paintings Series

Mountains have a majestic view while crossing the Yolo Causeway.

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Yolo Causeway Mountains, oil on stretched canvas, 2 x 4 x 3/8 inches
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Reference photo

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.

Available for sale in my Etsy and DailyPaintworks stores.

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.

Orange

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Orange, 2015, oil on paper, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, ACEO

“Orange” was done in the flavor of David Leffel. In his video, “Creating Form with Paint” he talks about dealing with the two edges, the inner edge between the light and shadow pattern and the outer edge which is the edge of the orange and the background.

The inner edge is dealt with simply by dragging the brush between the light and shadow to soften. The background color can be used to soften the edge.

But the way Leffel dealt with the outer edge was a great technique that I learned. The tendency is to slightly darkened the outer edge and lighten to wards the highlight. But the illumination is lost. Leffel shared that simply lightening the background next to the edge will maintained the illumination. Just a thin slight lighter strip of the background.

It’s a brilliant technique and I just love the effect.

Three Blueberries

I have to say I’m having a ball just painting fruits…tiny paintings of fruits. This one is a tiny painting of only 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Quickly done up within the hour. At first glance, the blueberries appeared as one solid color; but the challenge here was to capture the various subtle colors of blues. The more I developed those slight variations of blues the more realistic they became.

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Three Blueberries, oil on canvas panel, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, ACEO

 

Available for purchase in my Etsy shop or Daily Paintworks site.