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

Joba

A commissioned watercolor dog portrait. I usually do a drawing in pencil first and then in watercolor.

Joba, pencil, 12 x 9 inches by Marlene Lee
Joba, watercolor, 10 x 8 inches by Marlene Lee

Painting Plein Aire – Garden Pots

Before the weather got hot, I painted a couple of paintings outdoors in my backyard. Playing around with strong light and deep shadows.

Garden Pots on a Fence, 6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee
Garden Pots on a Patio Table, 6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel by Marlene Lee

Pencil Sketches of Dog Portraits

These are pencil sketches of the pet portraits for watercolor or oils. I usually like to do them for value studies and to figure out proportions. Once the proportions are figured out, I then make a photocopy, resize if I need to and then trace onto the watercolor paper or canvas. (The sketchbook that I am using is a sketchbook that I had purchased from Target. The paper is cream color slightly texture. At 240 pages, I bought it at a price less than $15. )

Pencil Sketch of Frankie, 10 x 8 inches by Marlene Lee
Pencil Sketch of Joba, 10 x 8 inches by Marlene Lee
Pencil Sketch of Bowser, 10 x 8 inches by Marlene Lee