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.

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.

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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.

California Landscape Commission

Recently I had received a commission to paint a landscape on stretched canvas. The client wanted to reuse a giclee on canvas that she had purchased. It was large – 3′ x 4′ gallery wrapped canvas. My paintings are usually small from 9 x 12 inches maybe up to 11 x 14. But I saw it as a challenge and went for it. And I had to say I love the process.

California Landscape, 3 x 4 feet on up cycled stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

The Red Shed

The July visit for the Yolo Arts and Ag Project was to Clos Cavanis Farm in Woodland. The most striking feature on this farm is the Victorian home that Van and Catherine Overhouse had spend 20 years remodeling.

Instead of painting the Victorian home, I went for the red shed.

The Red Shed, 8 x 10 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

This painting maybe part of the annual Yolo Arts Farm and Gala in October and November.

Sunflower Field at Elkhorn Ranch

In June, artists were invited to the Elkhorn Basin Ranch in West Sacramento as part of the Yolo Art & Ag Project. This ranch has over 400 acres of sunflowers. In this painting I tried to capture the fields of sunflowers against the rolling hills. But I also wanted to capture the hazy sky caused by the fires.

This painting maybe part of the Art Farm Exhibit in October or the Art Gala Juried Exhibit in November in Woodland.

Sunflowers Field at Elkhorn Ranch, 8 x 10 inches oil on panel