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Monday, May 14, 2018

Lake Tahoe Rocks

Sketches for


Lately studio work has consisted of working on proposals for commissions.  Three projects are accepted and will now be painted.  Thought you would like to see the sketches.


This triptych will be composed of three canvases.  The middle will be 48 x 60 with the two flanking at 48 x 27.  


Kayaking Into The Rocks II will be 48 x48


Tahoe Serenity II will be 30 x 48

The canvases are under construction and painting will begin almost immediately.  Check back to follow the process.


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Studio Life

It's A Juggling Act 

original acrylic painting by Pamela Hunt Lee
Calm Before the Storm
30 x 48
Acrylic
3000.00


It's busy in the studio.  The 'balls are in the air': Completing the painting shown above, creating a few bold jewelry pieces, communicating with a various designers about commissions then working on the sketches and approval for those commissions, sitting at the computer to complete administrative tasks.  These are the 'balls' that I juggle, and it's all about use of time.  How best to use it to accomplish what needs to be done and what I want to get done.  I have just been notified that another of my paintings has been selected to become Street Art Banner in Kings Beach, CA.  It will be photographed and printed on special material which is appropriate for outdoor elements. More juggling of time.

Dat so la Lee by Pamela Hunt Lee
Dat so la Lee with Eight Digikup
48 x 36
Acrylic
6000.00


In this time period of political awareness of women and their accomplishments I am particularly pleased to have one of my Native American Woman portraits selected.  This portrait of one woman represents the many who were part of a group who learned an art form from their mothers, passing down cultural history, artistic vision and then innovating to take utilitarian containers into an art form.  Dat so la Lee was a leader among basket weavers, known as the Queen of the Washoe Basket Makers.  It is an honor for me to have this painting selected for a Street Art Banner and it is a great way to bring honor to Dat so la Lee and her contemporaries who created emblems of heritage and statements about cultural evolution through their art form.

Original acrylic painting by Pamela Hunt Lee
Dat so la Lee with Eight Digikup
48 x 36
Acrylic 
6000.00



It's a busy time in the studio, the juggling continues, and all those balls remain in the air.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lake Tahoe Boulders II

Photo Blog of Calm Before The Storm

original painting by Pamela Hunt Lee
Calm Before The Storm
30" x 48"

Nearing completion, this painting has acquired a title:  Calm Before The Storm.  Though there is still a bit of detail work to be accomplished this is pretty much it.  Instead of writing about each step below is a photo essay of the process. Scroll down to watch the painting develop.











Calm Before The Storm

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Painting

Lake Tahoe Boulder Painting

While waiting for the final decisions from the buyer for my next commission I have started working on a new canvas.


At 30" tall and 48" long this painting will move fairly quickly as long as I spend time in the studio in front of the easel.


After becoming so enamoured with the smaller commissioned painting with red in the palette (you can see part of it on the bottom of the easel) I decided to stick with the same hues. After living with the finished  painting for a few weeks I am loving it.   Do you recall how difficult it was for me to work with this palette? Brain shift.  I need to ship the small work, but I find myself clinging to it.


Here goes..... this is the beginning and I am sure there will be changes & adjustments due to the larger size. 


Trying to paint some every day, and already have ideas for another work invading my brain, creating clutter, urging me to get this one done.  Funny how that works.  For now, Lake Tahoe Boulders with Red on the easel.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Kawena Pukui V

The Final Steps



Completion of the portrait of Mary Kawena Pukui involved small additions such as the detail on her shirt, shadows on the beads around her neck....


....an earring inspired by a musical note (After all, Kawena wrote over 150 Hawaiian songs).....


..... the hibiscus' stamen and pistol with corresponding shadows.....


Mary Kawena Pukui.  Hawaiian Treasure, Musician, Scholar, Writer, Teacher, Dancer, descendent from a Kahuna Pule (Priestess) in the Pele line.  It has been a pleasure and an honor to spend time with Kawena and I have The Perpetual You magazine to thank for the commission and introduction to this amazing woman.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Kawena Pukui IV

Painting the Portrait of Kawena Pukui

Adding facial tones and Kawena's hair.


Background color painted on.


Work on Kawena's portrait continues with additions inspired by the ocean surrounding the Hawaiian Islands and the tropical flora.  This painting, commissioned by The Perpetual You magazine for an upcoming issue is very close to completion. Mary Kawena Pukui, a Hawaiian Treasure, magnificent woman, who was a scholar, historian, writer, dancer, teacher is an inspiration.  It is an honor to bring her to life on paper.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Kawena Pukui III


More Island Music floats through my studio.


And work on the commissioned portrait of Mary Kawena Pukui continues.  Today you will see the addition of the Hawaiian state flower, the Yellow Hibiscus.


Because she was frequently photographed with a flower in her hair, I have chosen to include not only one, but two of the state's flowers in this painting.


I have also deepened some of the facial shadows and color on her lips to relate to the intense magenta found in the center of the flower.


This wonderful woman, a Hawaiian Treasure, came into my life when I was commissioned by the magazine The Perpetual You to create her portrait for an upcoming issue that deals with legacy.  Mary Kawena Pukui left a legacy steeped in Hawaiiana through her teaching, writing and musical talents.  

Painting continues, bringing this portrait to completion.
Check back to watch the progress.

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