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

Kennedy Twenty20 Juried Exhibit

I’m proud to announced that I am one of twenty artists selected for this show held at the Kennedy Gallery in midtown Sacramento. As one of the twenty artists, we had to produced 25-8 x 8 inch paintings of a chosen theme.

Below are six of the 25 paintings that I had started in January. My theme is still life in cold wax and oils. I wanted to work in cold wax for its translucency. I found that I became more abstract with the background, that I’m freer to put in mark making and to create stencils for texture. I hope to continued working in cold wax.

The preview will be this Thursday from noon to 8 pm. The exhibit will run through May to July 4th.

Two Tiny Watercolor Palettes

I had purchased this cute little wooden watercolor palette from Etsy store, Go Draw, a few weeks ago. It’s made out of wood with 15 porcelain wells and mixing area. It is small enough to attached to a pocket size sketchbook with bull clips. But after not using it for a week, couple of the paints dried up and came loose. My only complaint.

I also have a metal one that is a size of a business card still have all the paints in the pans after many weeks of no use. This is from Expeditionary Art and this is the Pocket Palette. It has 14 pans which works very well for me. I carry only two water brushes, fountain pen, bull clips and a sketchbook along with a white uniPosca and a tiny water spray. I switching back to this palette.

Expeditionary Art does make art tool kit cases to fit a sketchbook and an art supplies. I bought the smallest one that fits a pocket size sketchbook 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. The case measured 4-3/4″ x 7-1/2″ (12cm x 19cm) closed. But with what I carry, it only fitted the sketchbook, fountain pen, white pen, business cards and shop towel. I couldn’t put my bull clips and second water brush and the uniPosca white marker. When I closed it, it was bulky. I love the idea but have to pass on this one. So Expeditionary Art was kind enough to let me returned it.

I think I’ll just stick with my pencil pouch with the pocket palette minus the go draw palette. By the way the pencil pouch is from Cavallini Papers & Co in San Francisco. I might get their larger pouch from one of their distributors.