Art Farm Gala 2022

Art Farm opening reception will be held September 14 at the Barn Gallery in Woodland. I had submitted two paintings for the exhibit. “Sunflower Field at Elkhorn Ranch” was submitted for the nonjuried exhibit. “Hidden” accepted into the juried silent auction exhibit. This year juror is Kurt Fishback, Sacramento photographer.

Sunflower Field at Elkhorn Ranch, 8 x 10 inches oil on canvas
Hidden, 8 x 10 inches oil on canvas

Across the Field

Across the Field, 8 x 10 inches oil on canvas panel

Across the field is a home nestled among the trees.

The challenge in this painting is to create a different layer of texture and atmospheric perspective despite the high value. The values shifts were very subtle. It somewhat successful…but next time.

Painting on location

These two paintings started on location and finished up in the studio. In the “Red Flowers by the Amtrak Station” the colors of the flowers matching the color of the train station caught my eye. The “Summer Reflection” is the completed painting of the study that I had posted earlier. Both of these are available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves, 6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel

This tree is just right around the corner from me. When autumn comes, the leaves turned a incredibly deep red. It such an eye catcher when I walk by.

Available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

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

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.