All Curled Up

This painting is for the Trekell Pet Competition, 2019. The only entry fee is to purchased one of their six-sided wooden panel. It’s an unusual shape but I found two little chihuahuas that fit perfectly.

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“All Curled Up” oil on wooden panel, 9″ x 14″ x 5/8″ by Marlene Lee

Fong Farms

For the July Art & Ag Project, the artists were invited to Fong Farms. Owned by my husband’s cousin, the farm has been in the family for many years. I had visited the farm with my sons but when I visited the farm as an artist it took on a different look. I was attracted to the different layers of fields and the purplish, pink sky of early morning.

I did a quick oil study, about 6 x 8, catching the colors of the sky and the safflower fields way in the back. The painting was completed from the study and the photos I had taken.

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Fong Farms, oil on stretched canvas, 8 x 16 x 3/4 inches by Marlene Lee
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Underpainting for Fong Farms
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oil study for Fong Farm

Chloe

Just finished up another commission for Christmas. Commission works accepted until the end of September 30th.

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Chloe, oil, 8 x 8 x 3/8 on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

Underpainting

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Lady

 

 

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Lady, oil on stretched canvas, 12 x 9 x 3/4 by Marlene Lee

I took many photos of Lady and decided to come up with this one. Pencil sketch. Under painting. Final painting, so I thought. I wasn’t too happy with the color of the background and changed it to the lighter color to bring out Lady.

Commissions info and prices at my Etsy Shop.

Portrait of Zane

I finally was able to attend an open session at Patris Studio. It was good to be there drawing and painting from life. I started off with a pencil drawing which took about an hour. The next two hours was painting in oils with the Zorn limited palette – titanium white, ivory black, cadmium red and yellow ochre.

The last painting was done at home from a photo.

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Zane, 12 x 9 inches graphite and charcoal on toned paper
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Zane 1, 8 x 6 inches oil on canvas panel
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Zane 2, 10 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel

Art & Ag Projects

The Art & Ag Project is a call to artist event.

“The Art & Ag Project cultivates a dialogue between artists, farmers, and the community to raise awareness about the importance of preserving farmlands and the visual arts in Yolo County. A nationally recognized creative place making project, Art & Ag has invited farmers to open their land to local artists, providing unique opportunities to capture private landscapes that would otherwise remain inaccessible and unseen.

Each month, artists visit a different farm where they can meet the farm owners, paint en plein air, or take photographs. Artists are invited each Fall to exhibit their agriculturally–inspired artwork at YoloArts’ annual Art Farm Gala, the first Friday in November.” 

The “Red Barn” was painted at the Valley Oak Wool Mill. A young woman rented one of the buildings to run her wool mill business. She would take raw wool and spin it for clients. Her waiting list is about a year long.

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Red Barn, 18 x 24 inches, oil on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

The next two paintings was done at the Good Hummus Produce. Caught this dog napping in the middle of the road. Love how the sun light shaped around him.

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Napping in the Shadows, 8 x 10 inches, oil on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

The “Red Tractor” was parked underneath these trees. I did a small quick study, 6 x 8 and got up to stretched. Before I knew the owner had driven the tractor away.  Thank goodness I had that quick study plus a few photos.

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Red Tractor, 9 x 12 inches, oil on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

This last painting, “Hazy Day” reflect the fickle weather of March or maybe April. I love how the grapevines captured a glimpse of the sun peeking through the clouds.

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Hazy Day, 8 x 10 inches, oil on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

There are still more farm visits coming up. I probably would visit up to September.

Pence Gallery Garden Tour, 2019

Again this year I participated in the Garden Tour organized through the Pence Gallery. I was assigned to the home of Dick Mccapes. A beautiful backyard that bordered a creek with a winding trail that passed private sitting areas and a three level playhouse build by the owner’s son. A spacious and delightful garden to sit around and paint for hours!

In the past garden tours I had painted in oils. But I found watercolors suit a garden environment. It captures settings in an illustrative way.

By the way, all three watercolors sold to the owner!

Crocker BNSA Auction

Last night was the Crocker Museum Auction of Big Names Small Art (BNSA). Primarily of small arts to be auctioned off. 100% goes to the Crocker for art education and exhibits. I donated one of my favorite paintings of four years ago. After being exhibited in various places, it finally found a home at this auction. Thanks to another artist, Dawn Pederson who kept tabs on my painting, the last bid known was at $325.

This painting was painted four years ago. I painted this after taking a workshop with David Shelvino. Here’s blog post that explains how I painted this.