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

Direct Watercolor Challenge, Days 4 to 6

I continued with Day 4 and 5 without using pencil just a thin brush to layout the basic shapes. In Day 6, I went back to the pencil. The pencil provides a quick warm up before laying in the colors.

Day 6 is my favorite of all three here. It reminded me of the qualities of watercolors that I love. The transparency, the glazing, the free flowing of paint. And just letting go.

Day 4 Coffee Cup 30x30DW
Day 4 Coffee Cup, 7 x 7 inches, watercolor by Marlene Lee
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Day 5, Fountain, 7 x 7 inches watercolor by Marlene Lee
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Day 6, Tomatoes, 7 x 7 inches watercolor by Marlene Lee

New Sketchbook

A fellow urbansketcher gave me a Stillman & Birn sketchbook. It is their Beta series meant for mixed media with a soft cover. So I experimented.

Below are my initial watercolors. I tend to lay watercolor on heavy but I found the paper just did not soak up the watercolor. Too heavy and blotchy.

So I applied less watercolor. The next watercolors are more to my liking.

Less is more….

On the Yolo Causeway

There is a stretch of freeway that connects Davis to Sacramento. It goes over rice fields and when it rains it looks like a lake. A great place for artists…and hunters, though the two never meet. So whenever my husband is driving I snapped photos and paint.

Yolo Basin, 10 x 4 inches, watercolor

Spring Flowers

Freshly picked from my garden and from West Davis Pond Garden. Done in my Moleskinne 5 x 8 watercolor sketchbook. Though I’m able to achieved some nice effects, I can’t really lay in the colors and water. I think next time, I do more on watercolor papers.

Purple Iris at W Dav Pond Garden 050315 8x5 2

Daisy and Orange Flowers May 2015 watercolor 8x5

Monochromatic Abstract 4

Monochromatic Abstract 4

New series of small watercolor prints for sale on my Fine Art America. Done on 9 3/4 x 4 inch Arches rough watercolor pad. I approached it as a free flowing exercise to create abstract landscape imagery – following the paint as it leads. Originals are for sale so please email me if you are interested at Will be up on Special Listing.

Watercolors Abstracts

Rising, watercolor/gouache, 3 x 5 inches approx.
Red Waves, watercolor/gouache, 3 x 5 inches approx.
Dancing Blues, watercolor/gouache, 3 x 5 inches approx.

These small watercolors abstracts were all created from one large sheet of Arches cold pressed watercolor paper. In a loose matter, watercolors are applied wet on wet at first and then in glazes. Divided into halves and halves and then in halves again to its small size, each piece provides a rich, colorful backgrounds. Using a broad edged suede pen about an 1″ wide, I manipulated calligraphic strokes in gouache to create unexpected imagery.

More pieces are shown in my Portfolio under Watermedia Abstracts. Also available for sale under my Etsy shop.