Urbansketching at the Manetti Shrem Museum

Let’s Draw Davis sketchcrawl group met in front of the Manetti Shrem Museum located on the University of California, Davis campus. Students are back and many had shown up to sketch. I was able to captured a young sketcher while chitchatting with another sketcher. While sitting at the entrance way of the museum, I sketched this metal sculpture and the receptionist inside. Later, the receptionist was curious of what I was doing so I showed her the sketch and she loved it enough to take a photo of it.

Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook

Along my walks

There are so many areas where I take my walks. Some of the areas are through the Davis Cemetery, along the bike path near Nuggets Soccer Fields and along the University of Davis, California. The season is changing and so many places to put to paint.

At the Pine Trails Horse Ranch

Pine Trails Horse Ranch was one of the Yolo Arts&Ag farm or ranch visits. I tried to capture the many aspects of this horse ranch.

the Artery

I’m proud to announce that I had been accepted into the Artery. The Artery is an artists cooperative and was founded in 1974. They exhibit high quality arts and crafts and represent over 50 artists throughout the Sacramento Valley.

The art that I will be displaying there will be still life paintings.

Two Small plein aire paintings

These two paintings were done outside of Davis. Our painting group decided to head out to Dixon along a country road that turned out to be busy with cars and trucks zooming past us. It’s a faraway scene across fields and mountains in the background. And the sky reflects the fires further north in California.

Off on Milk Farm Road Dixon, 6 x 8 inches oil on panel by Marlene Lee

Next time we met we went outside the University of Davis perimeter to Hutchinson Road. There were these vineyards and also a private planes taking off and joggers. Again a busy road.

Vineyard off on Hutchinson Road, 6 x 8 inches, oil on cotton panel by Marlene Lee

Note: I had sized down the images to approximately the originals.

If interested in buying one of the paintings, email me at marleneleeart@gmail.com.

YoloArts Art Farm Events

I submitted these two paintings, The Tree and Red Shed for the Art Farm Events that happens every year. It’s an exhibition inspired by the farmlands of Yolo County. YoloArts had scheduled a monthly visit to the farms for artists to captured the California landscape in their medium.

There are two Art Farm Events. I had entered the Red Shed into the Art Harvest. This is a non-juried exhibit and viewers who had purchased a “shovel” gets to dig up the “art” that matches their number. The Art Harvest is also a preview for the juried exhibit, Art Farm Gala. This year will be jurored by Natalie Nelson of the Pence Gallery. There are awards totaling $1,000. Art that has been jurored in will be in a silent auction. This year I had chosen The Tree to be juried. I think it’s a winner. 🙂

The Red Shed, oils by Marlene Lee
The Tree on Clos Cavanis, oils by Marlene Lee

The Tree on Clos Cavanis Farm

I came up with another painting from a visit to the Clos Cavanis Farm in July. I discovered this lone tree by itself in the middle of a few fields. It was massive. I love how it dominated the whole area and make its presence known.

The Tree on Clos Cavanis Farm, 8 x 10 inches oil on linen panel by Marlene Lee

The process – the underpainting, general block in of local colors and the refinement.