In the Zinnia Patch

In Woodland, there is the ever popular Metzger Zinnia Patch. It covers two acres devoted to zinnias, rows and rows of zinnias of all different kinds. The owner, Mark Metzger donates the zinnias and provides buckets and water for visitors to pick for their homes or for places like retirement or convalescent homes. Read more about it here

I painted this painting from a photo taken about two years ago and it was just recently I was able to paint it.

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In the Metzger Zinnia Patch, 6 x 12 x 1 inches oil on stretch canvas by Marlene Lee

Trees Sketches

The weather had been beautiful, people were out in the parks, and fortunately I had my pocket size Moleskine sketchbook.

I tried to achieve very minimal in these sketches. Just the shadow details and a touch of colors. Maybe too much color. But I enjoyed not being stressed out about putting in color.

Check out my Flickr page for more pen and ink sketches.

Dog Portraits Exhibit

My dogs portraits of various dogs that I met while walking my dog Kava is now exhibiting at the Avid Reader during the month of April. These are all sized at 10 x 10 x 1 3/8 inches oil on gallery wrapped canvas. Each one of these except for Kava (my dog) are available for purchase at my DailyPaintworks store or for commission go to my Etsy shop. The price is $175 for either the painting or commission.

Tomato Processing Plant Supervisor

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Tomato Processing Plant Supervisor, oil on canvas panel, 7 x 5 inches, SOLD

I participate in the Yolo County Art & Ag Project where artists are invited into the ranches and farms to paint the beautiful Sacramento landscapes. This time the visit was to the Pacific Coast Producers, major tomato processing plant company. Our tour guide lead us through the massive plant to show us the process of canning tomatoes. He had been with the company for many years and knew the ins and outs of canning tomatoes for mass production. It shows in his expression and mannerisms.

For custom portraits go to my Etsy shop here.

Young Girl

Still working only with Zorn palette; a limited palette of just four colors; titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre, and cadmium red. Even with just those four, I feel there is so much colors I can reproduce. The Zorn palette works well with portraits and figures but with landscapes and still not quite sure.

Since the photo was from Pinterest and probably copyrighted, I cannot sell the painting.

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Young Girl, 8 x 6 inches oil on canvas panel