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Monday, August 29, 2011

Life Imitates Art


Art Imitates Life

Caught In The Split

Mimesis is a critical and philosophical term that carries a wide range of meanings, which include: imitation, representation, mimicry, the act of resembling.  In ancient Greece, mimesis was an idea that governed the creation of works of art, in particular, with correspondence to the physical world understood as a model for beauty and truth.  Art Imitates Life.

Anti-Mimesis is a philosophical position that is the direct opposite of mimesis.  Oscar Wilde believed that life imitates art far more than art imitating life.

Splits and Cracks

Could it be that what is found in life and nature is not what is really there, but that which artists have taught people to find and see there through art?

Or are artists moved to create what they experience whether they do so consciously or unconsciously?

For many years I have painted Lake Tahoe Boulders and while doing so have purposely stayed away from compositions that included split and cracked rocks.   Recently during a critique of the past year of paintings I realized my work is now focused on these splits and cracks and further realized my life has been filled with splits and cracks and that this year of paintings is an unconscious representation of life.  Art Imitates Life.

However, as an artist, it is my intent to encourage the viewer to see what they have not seen previously, thus encouraging Life to Imitate Art.

Can we have it both ways?

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Passion To Create

What Drives Our Creativity?

16" x 20" 
This painting just came off my easel

As a painter and avid outdoor enthusiast I create stylized impressions of the natural beauty that surrounds us.  I am enamored with the power, permanence, fragility and temporariness of nature.  I present my view and understanding of what I see. This is what drives my passion to create.  If you create, what is it that inspires you?

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Introduction to See Where You Are

See Where You Are
The Art of Pamela Hunt Lee

Lake Waters VI
48" x 60"

Many years ago I received a gift of child’s crayon drawing with the words, “Be Where You Are” written in primitive, child-like block letters, across the bottom.  I was captivated by the sentiment,  so this framed drawing hung in my home for many years.  I attempted to live the sentiment and found it inched its way into my art theory and practice, with a small twist.  Not only, Be Where You Are, but See Where You Are.  

  Domino Rocks III
18" x 30"

We look at things every day, from the moment we get up in the morning until we go to sleep at night. We look at everything around us, but do we actually see these things?    Our surroundings are filled with dramatic landscapes, lakescapes, seascapes, clear blue or cloudy skies, colorful sunsets,  boulders, pebbles, trees, sticks, leaves, dainty small to spectacularly large flowers, and other unusual and amazing things we should all appreciate.  So many of us look, without seeing, and many never even look.  

Caught Rock Diptych
120" x 48"

Over the years, my work has become all about looking, seeing, observing and noticing our surroundings.  Be aware, pay attention to the ‘big picture’ in front of you but also pay attention to the minutia, the detail:   light, color, line, shape, texture.  By creating paintings that are a close perspective of the subject, I encourage the viewer to take the time to pay attention to the detail of that subject whether it happens to be light patterns on rocks under the water’s surface, huge granite boulders balanced on one another, the prickly spines on a sculptural cactus, or the luscious produce found in farmers’ markets.

Nine Pie Apples
8" x 24"

Nature is my muse.  The use of composition, light, color, line, shape, and texture, bring nature to life.  In the book I just published, I share with you some of my art, inspired by the details of nature.  

Be where you are and enjoy, but also See Where You Are.

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Friday, August 5, 2011


See Where You Are
The Art of Pamela Hunt Lee

Cover Photo
Shallow Waters VII
48" x 60"

For several months I have been working on a book which deals with four of the subjects that influence my creativity:  Tahoe Rocks, Tahoe Water, Desert Plants and Produce.  The photos shown here represent art work in the book.

The book is done, published and available.

Tahoe Below the Surface - Mini II
12" x 12"

You look at things every day, but do you actually see them?

Barrels and Fenceposts II
48" x 48"
In collection of Gary and Gayle Weaver

So many of us look, without seeing, and many never even look.

Andrea's Peach
21' x 16"
In the collection of Andrea Linneman

By creating paintings that are a close perspective of the subject I encourage the viewer to take the time to pay attention to the detail of that subject.

Now you can read about my inspiration and see a collection of work that has been created as a result of that inspiration.

See a preview of the book:

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