Two Eucalyptus Trees by the Lake

This painting was done on site at the M Three Ranch. I used this painting as a base for the larger painting below. My goal in painting landscapes this year is to paint studies on site and to use them to do larger paintings.

Study of Two Eucalyptus Trees, 10 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel.
Two Eucalyptus Trees by the Lake, 9 x 12 x 3/4 inches oil on stretched canvas

Both of these paintings might be for the Yolo Arts & Ag Project Gala in November. I haven’t decided which one.

Sunflowers along the dirt path

Sunflowers along the dirt path, 9 x 12 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

I had repaint this painting. Recently I had been paying more attention to colors especially creating color harmony within the painting. So with this in mind, I repainted the mountains with cooler and lighter colors to create more distance. And redirect the path so that it curved towards the white house in the distance.

Below is what it looked like before.

Earlier painting

Dog Portraits

Two beautiful dogs. Such soulful eyes. The portrait of Stanley was in memory of. The client who hired me to do the portrait for Stanley’s owners, said that “They think you captured their beloved dog perfectly. They immediately hung it on the wall, and shed a few tears remembering dear old Stan.”

Cassie is a Boston Terrier. Such a fun dog to paint.

Cassie, 10 x 8 inches watercolor on art board

Pet portraits commission can be requested by emailing

Pence Gallery Garden Tour

Green Chair, 8×10 inches watercolor on art board by Marlene Lee

Pence Gallery Garden Tour is back after a two year hiatus. As one of the many artists who participated as an artist on site, I was assigned to a Meadowbrook garden in South Davis. This home owner developed her garden over the years with the help of her gardener….a vegetable garden, a fountain, seating areas, dollhouse….and even a woodland near the creek.

I’ve chosen to paint this area nestled underneath a maple tree and surrounded by potted plants. What captured my eyes where the circular sculpture of a hummingbird attending to the flowers. Love the peaceful scene.

Dates for the Pence Garden Tour Exhibit is from May 24th through June 24th. The reception is on June 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Six Cat portraits

All six cats were commissioned by their owner. Watercolor pet portraits on 8 x 10 inches Canson art boards. Each cat obviously have their own personality and pose. The eyes, though, are the focus for each portrait.

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Early spring paintings

As the weather warming up, I wanted to capture the blooming trees. With some paintings, I started on location and finished up in the studio. In the case of the paintings of the tree shadows, I took photos and painted from them.

Gingko Tree, 7×5 inches, oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee
Early Spring, 7×5 inches, oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee
Mid-Morning Walk through the Park, 6×8 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee
Red Leaves in Early Spring, 5×7 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

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